Triterpenoids are functionalized triterpenes should instead be called triterpenoids. Triterpenoids. oid – a suffix meaning “resembling,” “like,” used in the formation of adjectives and nouns (and often implying an incomplete or imperfect resemblance to what is indicated by the preceding element): alkaloid; anthropoid; cardioid; cuboid; lithoid; ovoid; planetoid.


Triterpenes are hydrocarbons and possess no heteroatoms (an atom in the ring of a cyclic compound other than a carbon atom), functionalized triterpenes should instead be called triterpenoids; however this distinction is not always adhered to in scientific literature, with the two terms often being used interchangeably. Triterpenoids possess a rich chemistry and pharmacology. Cholesterol: one of the simplest but most important triterpinoids.


α-glucans X

α-glucans are α-D-glucose units that make up the structure of polysaccharides starch.

Mushrooms are naturally low in α-glucans and a high testing of α-glucans is indicative of fillers such as rice, wheat, corn or other starch derivatives. These fillers are cheaper to produce and although some may offer value on their own, foreign carriers have no place in a Pure Mushroom medicinal or functional food product.


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ß-glucans        α-glucans



The significant medicinal mushroom ß-glucans values must be specifically listed on labels and not catchall terms such as Glucans or Polysaccharides. The addition listing of α-glucans is not necessary and may lead to confusion. The goal is to standardize medicinal mushrooms on the priority medicinal compounds and holistic structure.

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