Shitake Mushroom

Shiitake is a medicinal mushroom. It is also used as a popular culinary ingredient in most of the world. Shiitake mushrooms grow upon the trunks and stumps of trees. They are a dark brown mushroom with a firm texture and woody flavor. Shiitake have been used in traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean medicine for thousands of years. [1] In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Shiitake is believed to stimulate the “Qi,” or life force. It is believed to promote longevity, stimulate the immune system, treat gastrointestinal complaints, protect the heart, and prevent cancer. Today, many of the indications in TCM for Shiitake have been proven in research and western medicine as true properties of the mushroom. Shiitake mushrooms are a great addition to the culinary shelf. They are rich in B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6) and specific amino acids. They are also high in minerals; especially selenium, zinc, and copper. Shiitake mushrooms are considered a source of fiber as well. [2] The high vitamin and mineral content may be a reason that Shiitake is so helpful for many health complaints. However, the most active constituents found in Shiitake are the polysaccharides, Lentinan and cortinelin. [3] Lentinan has received the most attention, being responsible for the stimulation of the immune system. In particular, Lentinan stimulates T-Lymphocytes, the first of the immune cells to take action against an invading bacteria or virus. Lentinan is a polysaccharide from the group known as Beta 1,3-glucans. (See article) Cortinelin, the other main polysaccharide in Shiitake, is responsible for antibacterial action; although it has not been studied as extensively as Lentinan. Shiitake mushrooms are ascribed as being immune stimulating, anti-cancer, and nutritional.

Products Containing Shitake Mushroom
Name Price Rating Serving Price # of Servings Manufacturer Health Condition
Prenox D7 $34.95
$1.17 30 Progressive Health AIDS & HIV


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