Medicinal Shiitake Mushrooms Are Tasty, Too

The potently nutritious shiitake mushroom has been part of the far eastern diet for thousands of years. China, Japan and Korea have used them for traditional medicinal since ancient times and they continue to be a symbol of longevity. They are one of the most cultivated mushrooms in the world because of the many health benefits, including boosting the immune system and fighting cancer.

5 Shiitake Mushroom Health Benefits

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Boosts the Immune System

The immune system was strengthened by improved cell activation in a four-week study with 52 healthy males and females (aged 21–41 years).  The participants consumed either five or 10 grams of shiitake mushrooms per day.

As reported by Mae Chan in Prevent Disease: “No health benefit is better documented for shiitake mushroom than immune support.”

Increases Energy and Brain Function

These mushrooms are a very good source of B vitamins which help turn nutrients in food into energy. Also, the B vitamins help the brain maintain focus. Research has found that when there are more B vitamins in the diet, brain fog decreases and energy increases.

Helps Heal Gingivitis 

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums usually caused by an excess of bacteria. A study at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London found that shiitake mushroom extract lowered gingivitis bacteria effectively. 

Dried Shiitake Mushrooms

Dried Shiitake Mushrooms

Helps Fight Cancer

In a study, it was found that shiitake mushrooms helped stop growth in tumor cancer cells.

Good Source of Vitamin D

Shiitake mushrooms produce vitamin D2 and also vitamin D3 and vitamin D4, when grown in the sunlight.

Please Note:  Some people can be allergic to the fruit bodies or spores in the shiitake mushroom. They have purines which get broken down into uric acid. When a diet is rich in purines it may raise uric acid levels in the body, which can lead to gout. If you have symptoms of gout, limit your purine intake.

Nutrition

Mushrooms are abundant in unique nutrients such as beta-glucans like lentinan, terpenoid-related nutrients like copalic acid and amino acid derivatives like ergothioneine. Many of these nutrients have been found to be helpful in the health benefits noted above. They are rich in copper, manganese, vitamin D and dietary fiber. Learn more about Shiitake Mushroom nutrients. 

Shiitake Mushrooms

Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms

How to Select

Shiitake mushrooms were once only found dried but can now be found fresh in grocery stores. They should be plump, firm and clean. They should not be wrinkled or have wet, slimy spots. 

How to Store

Remove them from the plastic covered container and put them in a paper bag in the refrigerator for about one week. The dried mushrooms are best stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer and will stay fresh for six months to one year.

Tips for cooking

If mushrooms are exposed to too much water, they will become soggy. Lightly rinse them quickly with a little water or wipe them with a damp cloth or kitchen towel.

The best way to cook mushrooms is to sauté them to bring out their unique flavor.

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Paulo R
Paulo R2 months ago

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Sue L
Sue L2 months ago

Mushrooms are delicious. It's great to know that Shitake mushrooms are so good for you.

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Jack Y
Jack Y2 months ago

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Jack Y2 months ago

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Paulo R
Paulo R2 months ago

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Paulo R2 months ago

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Diane Wayne
Diane Wayne2 months ago

Yummy! cheers!

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Veronica D2 months ago

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Veronica D2 months ago

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Veronica D2 months ago

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