With the first written records of Shiitake mushroom dating back to AD 199, this mushroom has been a fundamental part of modern day science with its exponential growth in popularity.
This fungus has been extensively researched and scientifically proven to benefit human health in a multitude of ways.
So, without further ado, here's what makes this mushroom special...
What is Shiitake mushroom?
Native to East Asia, this species are tan to dark brown in colour, with their caps growing between 5 to 10cm in diameter.
Also known as Xiang Gu (香菇), this 'shroom's surge in popularity began in the 14th century whereby a Chinese doctor, Wu Jue, claimed that this mushroom could be effective for treating diseases of the upper airways, address poor blood circulation, liver diseases, exhaustion and weakness.
Shiitake mushroom contains lentinan, which is a free-radical fighting polysaccharide that appears to stimulate the immune system, clearing the body of tumour cells.
Naturally low in calories, high in fibre, packed with vitamins (B) and minerals, Shiitake shares many of the same amino acids as meat.
What are the potential benefits?
With the view of Traditional Chinese Medicine, this mushroom is sweet in flavour, balanced in nature and targets the stomach, spleen and lung meridians.
Shiitake has been known to potentially assist replenishing qi and blood (not drying), strengthening the spleen, stomach and lungs, transforming phlegm, addressing fatigue, dizziness, chronic cough, allergies and frequent colds.
Some Western potential benefits of consuming Shiitake include:
- Improving heart health
- Assisting with supporting immunity
- Protecting against cell damage
- Boosting white blood cell production to fight off microbes
- Suppress inflammation
- Contain compounds with anti-cancer activity
- Strengthen your bones
How can I take Shiitake mushroom?
The best thing about medicinal health mushrooms is that they can be used in a multitude of ways, whatever your preference.
There are a few different ways to consume this 'shroom to help boost your wellness:
Each capsule contains 450mg of organic Shiitake mushroom, making them a highly concentrated supplement to ensure you receive the health benefits of the mushroom.
A daily recommendation is 3 capsules, 1-3 times daily to support your health & wellbeing goals.
This form of Shiitake mushroom can be added to any meal/drink in the form of a food supplement (excl. citrus products).
A daily recommendation is 2g of powder (2 heaped spoons), 1-3 times daily with or without food.
Perfect for infusion in cooking and teas, you're ensuring you receive the health benefits of each herb to aid your health and wellbeing whilst whipping up delicious dishes with tantalising tastes.
Unlock your culinary potential and discover the wonderful world of health 'shrooms.
Now that you've got a number of ways to use Shiitake mushroom, start your journey towards a healthier lifestyle with the help of 'shrooms!
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