Product Spotlight: Shiitake

Shiitake are one of the world’s most popular and most consumed mushrooms. And for good reason. They’re super tasty, nutritious, and have heaps of health benefits. Here are three ways Shiitake mushrooms can jumpstart your wellness.

Flavour-packed goodness

Shiitake mushrooms contain fibre, B-vitamins and minerals, all of which contribute to being a healthy human. They taste great in stir fries, mushroom tartes, omelettes and are a lovely accompaniment to the Millenial favourite: avocado toast.

At Touchwood Mushrooms, we’ve been growing Shiitake mushrooms for years now. Each week, we distribute them to local grocers and sell them at the Albany Community Farmers Market.

Our own dried Shiitakes are available in our shop for easy addition to your favourite recipes. And for the DIY enthusiasts among us, we offer Shiitake Mushroom Grow Kits, so you can grow your very own crops at home. And of course, our Shiitake mushroom powder is made up of nothing but pure dried Shiitake mushrooms. Perfect for mixing into your morning porridge or yogurt.

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

There are so many ways that Shiitake mushrooms can help you feel great each day. And if that’s not enough, their high levels of antioxidants can help brighten the skin — you’ll be looking as good as you feel! There are many ways to enjoy medicinal mushrooms as part of your daily routine. Speak to your doctor before deciding to take supplements, and if you’d like to know more about our growing facilities, our values and our favourite mushrooms facts, check out our blog.

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