Botanical Description & Habitat
Lentinan is derived from the Japanese Shiitake mushroom.
Lentinan is a polysaccharide derived from the Shiitake mushroom. The mushrooms are often found on fallen chestnut, beech and mulberry trees.
Polysaccharide derived from the cell wall of the vegetative part of the mushroom.
Historical Properties And Uses
Lentinan, which is derived from Shiitake, has been used medicinally and as a food ingredient for thousand of years in Japan and China.
Lentinan has been shown to possess anti-tumor activity, immune-regulatory effects, antimicrobial properties, anti-viral activity, and cholesterol-lowering effects.
Method Of Action
Lentinan is a high molecular weight polysaccharide containing only glucose molecules. Lentinan's seems to aid the immune system by activating macrophages, enhancing T-helper cell and killer cell action. It is also thought to affect production and concentration of enzymes, transport proteins, and lymphocytes. It has been noted that lentinan enhances the effects of AZT when used against HIV in vitro.
Drug Interactions & Precautions
Lentinan in combination with Didanosine or Zidovudine used in HIV positive patients may enhance drug effects. A study with lentinan and Didanosine showed an increase in CD4 levels in combination, as compared to with just Didanosine.
Safety Factors & Toxicity
Preparation & Administration
No typical dosage has been reported.
Facts and Comparisons, Natural Products Review, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000.
Gordon M, et al. A placebo-controlled trial of the immune modulator, lentinan, in HIV-positive patients: a phase I/II trial. J Med. 1998;29(5-6):305-30.
Gordon M, et al. A phase II controlled study of a combination of the immune modulator, lentinan, with didanosine (ddI) in HIV patients with CD4 cells of 200- 500/mm3. J Med, 1995; 26(5-6):193-207.
Hoffman, David. The New Holistic Herbal. Element Books Ltd., Third Edition, 1990
- Product Categories
- Detox & Immunity
- Digestive Health
- Joint Health
- Weight Loss
- Popular Products
- CellRenew Collagen Hyaluronic Acid
- Foundation Blue-Green Algae
- Reference Materials
- Product Testimonials
- Health Journal Archive
- Health Briefs
- Health Basics
- Frequent Product Q&A's
- Med-Scope (health database)
- Health Conditions
- Natural Solutions
- Alternative Therapies
- Toxicity Sources
- Foods Advice
- Anatomy & Fitness