Polysaccharides In Mushrooms

Jan 13, 2021

What are Polysaccharides?

Polysaccharides are long chain carbohydrates consisting of various simple sugars linked by glycosidic bonds. Polysaccharides are considered to be one of the most frequently mentioned active compounds in plants and fungi. Certain types of mushrooms such as ganoderma lucidum and shiitake mushrooms have high levels of polysaccharides.


What are uses of mushroom polysaccharides?

Anti-tumor and immune regulation

Studies have shown that a variety of polysaccharides can inhibit and improve symptoms of a variety of tumors. Lentinan has an inhibitory effect on malignant tumors of the digestive tract, liver cancer, and cervical cancer. It can also enhance immune function and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy; Ganoderma lucidum can enhance the phagocytic function of phagocytes in the body, and is effective against gastric cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer, liver cancer, The treatment of kidney cancer and prostate cancer has a good auxiliary effect.

Anti-virus and anti-infection

Lentinan, Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide, Cordyceps mycelium polysaccharide have the effect of anti-hepatitis virus, and can protect liver cells, and significantly reduce the transaminase of patients with hepatitis. Among them, the anti-infection not only can resist cold virus, but also can be used for the treatment of tuberculosis infection.

Lowering blood lipids and blood pressure

Lentinan has the effects of lowering cholesterol and anti-platelet aggregation, helping to reduce blood lipids and preventing cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Brazilian mushroom polysaccharide has the effect of protecting the cardiovascular wall and improving arteriosclerosis; other polysaccharides such as Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide, Tremella polysaccharide, bamboo fungus Polysaccharides have similar effects.


In addition, fungal polysaccharides can also resist radiation, promote bone marrow hematopoietic regeneration; remove free radicals in the body, delay aging; absorb metabolites such as uric acid to prevent gout.

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