A Breakdown of Shiitake Mushroom Supplement Benefits
Shiitake mushrooms have a delicious meaty flavor and texture that is enjoyed in culinary dishes, as well as teas, tinctures and powders. You can find this superfood in most health food stores and many grocery stores, as it is popularly cultivated. Native to Japan, China, the Korean peninsula and other areas of East Asia, Shiitake also grows in the wild on dead or dying hardwoods. These mushrooms have the typical mushroom cap and stem, with a brown cap, white spores and serrated gills. Keep reading for more information on Shiitake mushroom supplement benefits.
Shiitake Mushroom Supplement Benefits: Nutrition
In Japanese, Shiia refers to a variety of chestnut trees, and take means “mushroom.” In Latin, lent means “supple” and edodes means “edible.” In traditional Chinese medicine, Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) has been used to treat high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, colds and flu. It has long been believed that Shiitake mushrooms get the blood moving, suppress hunger, and heal the common cold. As an adaptogenic mushroom, Shiitake may help the body to adapt to and cope with environmental, physical or psychological stressors.
This nutritious mushroom contains vitamins and minerals such as copper, calcium, Vitamin C, B vitamins, and iron. Many of us are low on one or more of our B vitamin levels, which are essential for cognitive health and reducing brain fog. Shiitake is also a good source of selenium, niacin, zinc and manganese, which contribute to potent antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help protect the cells from free radical damage and support anti-inflammatory action in the body.
Shiitake Mushroom Supplement Benefits: Chemical Compounds
Lentinan is a beta-glucan derived from Shiitake, and a widely prescribed anticancer drug, which studies show contains powerful anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties to support a healthy immune system. Eritadenine, another chemical compound found in Shiitake, has been studied for its effects on lowering cholesterol in the liver by interfering with its production.
Shiitake mushroom supplement benefits include helping to support and protect the liver (hepatoprotective) and the digestive system, including gut health. This mushroom also contains potent phytonutrients that help cells thrive, and in particular, keep cells from forming plaque buildup. In this way, Shiitake assists in maintaining healthy blood pressure, improving circulation, and supporting a decrease in obesity rates. A Shiitake mushroom supplement benefits the body by delivering Shiitake’s medicinal constituents to you in a concentrated, easy-to-take form.
Here at Mushroom Revival, certified organic Shiitake can be found in our Myco-cleanse tincture, encouraging a natural detox; Mush 10 tincture or powder, providing adaptogenic support with 10 different mushrooms, and Mushroom Immunity tincture, supporting a balanced and defended immune system. Enjoy these blends in foods, drinks, or on the tongue to get your Shiitake mushroom supplement benefits! By planting one tree for every purchase, we encourage the revitalization of ourselves and our planet!
Read on for a delicious recipe to enjoy Shiitake mushrooms and all its benefits!
Sautéed Shiitake Mushroom Recipe
- 1 lb organic shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 3 Tbsps chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 Tbsps each of fresh rosemary and oregano
- 2 Tbsps extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Prepare the Shiitake by removing stems and cutting the mushroom into slices, then chop the garlic cloves.
- Heat up the broth in a frying pan and add in the mushrooms. When it begins to steam, cover for a few minutes.
- Remove cover and let mushrooms cook for a few more minutes.
- Transfer the mushrooms to a plate and then toss with olive oil. Season them with salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!!
Tip: Add in Mush 10 powder for a larger variety of mushroom benefits.