5 Possible Health Benefits of Shiitake Mushroom

Mycology Nutrition is centred around 9 varieties of mushroom with different properties, formulated to improve health and wellbeing. It is important to ensure that your health, wellbeing and immune system are kept in top condition to avoid unwanted illnesses. Incorporating the positive effects of mushroom nutrition can have a positive impact on the body in a variety of ways.

The Shiitake mushroom is native to the mountain regions of Japan, Korea and China where it grown on fallen logs. This species has a long history of use all throughout the Far East, with people collecting wild Shiitake for both food and traditional medicine.

People in China first began cultivating Shiitake mushrooms between 1,000-1,200 years ago, where they were formerly known as Dongo or Shanku. Today, Shiitake mushrooms are popular around the world for their taste and array of health benefits, with China currently producing between 80-90% of all Shiitake worldwide.

Super Shiitake

Shiitake mushrooms are one of the most popular mushrooms worldwide, prized for their rich, savoury taste and diverse health benefits. Here are 5 great benefits to incorporate Shiitake into your daily routine.

1) May improve heart health

There are many foods branded in the media nowadays which can ‘increase your risk of heart diseases’ which can be daunting to read. Luckily, with the help of the Shiitake mushroom, this is an alternative natural solution which may improve your heart health and overall wellbeing.

Shiitake mushrooms contain eritadenine, a compound scientifically known to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. The Shiitake mushrooms also contain beta-glucans, which may help prevent the intestines from absorbing cholesterol.

2) May assist with supporting of immune system

Shiitake mushrooms have one of the highest amounts of naturally occurring copper, a mineral that supports healthy blood vessels, bones and immune system support. The Shiitake mushrooms are also a rich source of selenium, providing up to 33% of your Dietary Reference Intake (DRI). Shiitake is also rich in polysaccharides, such as lentinans and other beta-glucans. These compounds may help the function of the immune system.

3) May help with inflammation

Shiitake mushrooms are a great source of key vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin D & B6, magnesium, potassium and iron. These key compounds of the Shiitake mushroom paired with the high level of beta-glucans it possesses may act as an effective anti-inflammatory for human health.

4) May protect against cell damage

Shiitake mushrooms contain many of the same amino acids as meat. They also boast terpenoids, sterols and lipids, some of which may help the body protect the cells from future damage. These properties work together with the polysaccharides and beta-glucans which may support the immune system.

5) May boost white blood cell production

The effects of taking Shiitake mushroom may also encourage the production of white blood cells, which helps the body fight infection and other diseases. Shiitake mushrooms may be of value to those with cancer, as a common side effect of chemotherapy is a decrease in white blood cells. The Shiitake mushrooms may mitigate these side effects as well as bone marrow suppression.

How can I take Shiitake?

One of the easiest ways to incorporate Shiitake mushrooms into your lifestyle is in capsule or powder form.

Mycology Nutrition Shiitake Mushroom Capsules

The 450mg capsules are perfect for those who prefer an easy, convenient solution to receive the health benefits of the Shiitake mushroom. 

What makes these mushrooms special is that unlike other mushroom products, Mycology Nutrition uses the whole food, rather than an extract to ensure better digestibility. All products contain both mycelium and a fruiting body to ensure there is no loss of valuable enzymes, co-enzymes and important co-factors.

Each bottle contains 90 organic, gluten-free capsules which can be consumed easily. For your correct dosage, please refer to the packaging label for directions*.

*Please note the mushroom capsules cannot be mixed with acidic drinks such as organic juice or carbonated drinks.

Mycology Nutrition Shiitake Mushroom Powder

The 120gram whole food powder is a versatile tool to get the health benefits of the Shiitake mushroom. This can be consumed with water, yoghurt, non-citrus fruit juice or milk for a delicious snack!

The organic mushrooms are high in fibre, vitamins and minerals, specifically Vitamin D2 which helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus. The mushrooms are high in ergosterol which is converted into Vitamin D2, which is known to be deficient in Western diets due to the unpredictable British weather!

Just like the whole Mycology range, the Shiitake mushroom is simply grown, milled into a powder, resulting in a pure product ready to be consumed. 

The Verdict

Whether encapsulated or powdered, the Shiitake mushroom is a powerful tool which may improve overall health and wellbeing, ensuring that you get back to your best.

The complete Mycology Nutrition range is available on our shop. For any additional information on our Shiitake mushroom products or the Mycology Nutrition range, please contact us at info@mycologynutrition.com


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