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  • n. A glucan found in some mushrooms


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  • These mushrooms contain a polysaccharide called lentinan, which has been shown to slow the growth of cancerous tumors in animals.

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  • This component, known as lentinan, breaks down with heat, and so this reaction is seen only when the mushrooms are eaten raw or partly cooked.

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  • Clinical studies have associated lentinan with a higher survival rate, higher quality of life and lower recurrence of cancer.

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  • In the shiitake mushroom, the polysaccharide KS-2, lentinan extract supports the immune system by also using a polypentose, called Ac2P.

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  • Mushrooms in general might not offer the same hoard of Vitamins A through K and then some like most fresh veggies and fruit, but studies have shown them to have interesting compounds like selenium, a supposed cancer-fighting nutrient, and lentinan, thought to promote the immune system.

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  • They include the controversial antiviral drug, Compound Q, and lentinan, a mushroom extract that may boost the immune system by raising the CD4 cell count.

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  • The current thinking is that something in the lentinan triggers blood vessels to dilate and leak small amounts of inflammatory compounds just beneath the skin.

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  • Studies suggest that lentinan may be helpful in preventing diseases ranging from cavities to colon cancer.

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  • In one study, just over 500 patients were exposed to an intravenous version of lentinan.

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  • Researchers found that when they feed lentinan in the form of dried mushroom powder to people with tumors, they can inhibit the tumor growth by a massive 70\%.

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