Let’s take a look at some of the most important benefits of Shiitake mushrooms.
May improve your immune system
A cup of cooked shiitake mushrooms contains a whole lot of copper. More than the daily recommended amount of copper for most adults, in fact. Copper is vital for the immune system, supporting various immune cells, like T-cells, neutrophils, phagocytes, B-lymphocytes, natural killer cells, and antibodies.
They also contain beta-glucans, which bind onto certain receptors in our immune cells. This boosts the immune system (as well as the antioxidant and endocrine systems!) and can help keep you feeling fit and well during flu season and beyond.
May reduce inflammation
Shiitake mushrooms also contain a compound called lentinan. This amazing polysaccharide is found in the fruiting body of Shiitake mushrooms (which means the actual mushroom itself, not the mycelium/roots). It has been shown to be anti-inflammatory and is widely used in China and Japan to complement cancer treatment. That’s because there is some evidence that Shiitake mushrooms slowed the growth of tumors and cancer cells in small studies.
May boost heart health
Thanks to eritadenine and beta-glucans, enzymes that are linked to cardiovascular health and circulation, Shiitake mushrooms may support a healthy heart. Not only that, Shiitake contains sterols, polysaccharides, lipids and terpenoids, enzymes which, when combined with eritadenine and beta-glucans, can help lower cholesterol.
We all know that too much cholesterol can put you at risk of heart disease, making Shiitake mushrooms a great choice for people who are trying to keep a lid on their cholesterol levels.
Shiitake for general well-being