Shiitake mushrooms have been used in Japan and China for thousands of years. It is known both as a food and as a medicinal fungus. Shiitake mushrooms have long been believed to boost energy, treat colds and get rid of intestinal parasites. Shiitake mushrooms contain fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
However, the key ingredient in shiitake mushroom extract is lentinan. Lentinan is extracted from the crushed mycelium of shiitake mushroom, which is rich in polysaccharides and lignin. Shredded shiitake mushroom products may reduce hepatitis B infectivity by utilizing the mycelium that emerges before the cap and stem of shiitake mushrooms grow. Mushrooms can also stimulate white blood cells to produce interferon. In laboratory studies, it has been shown to help boost immunity.
At the same time, the water extract of shiitake mushroom has a scavenging effect on hydrogen peroxide and has a certain elimination effect on hydrogen peroxide in the body.