Mycoceutics is also fortified with an additional 30 mg of beta-1,3-glucan derived from purified yeast. Mushrooms used in Mycoceutics are grown under carefully monitored conditions to ensure that they never come into contact with heavy metals, pollutants or contaminants. These mushrooms are specially cultivated to maximize polysaccharide content. As the mushrooms in Mycoceutics are cultivated and not wild-grown, no sensitive ecological areas are damaged to collect the mushrooms.
Mushrooms have been an integral component of folk medicine worldwide for many centuries. Scientists are actively investigating the many healthful components of medicinal mushrooms; yet, several active constituents have already been identified. Polysaccharides, dietary fiber, lectins, and terpenoids have all been identified as beneficial components of certain mushroom species. These compounds have demonstrated preliminary immunomodulating activity in vitro, animal, and clinical studies. Beta-glucans are important polysaccharides found in mushrooms that enhance the body’s natural immune activity by interacting closely with lymphocytes, T-cells, natural killer (NK) cells and others regulatory components. Beta-1,3-glucans, as well as beta-1,4-glucans and beta-1,6-glucans activate macrophage function and the release of nitric oxide. Macrophages are one of the two primary phagocytic cells of the immune system. They are able to engulf and destroy foreign antigens. Macrophages also help govern the immune system, helping to initiate and direct specific immune responses. In stimulating macrophage activity, beta-glucans help to support the immune system by activating natural immune responses, rather than directly affecting foreign cells or entities.