Shiitake Mushroom

Shiitake Mushroom

It is a popular culinary mushroom used in various types of dishes.

It has unique flavor and considered as meaty mushroom.

Health benefits of Shiitake mushroom include: Some of the work carried out by Japanese scientist on mice (tumor) resulted in positive response for this type of mushroom.

  • It is known to contain lentinan which is an anti-tumor compound. Lentinan is useful in stomach cancer treatment.
  • It also good for liver health and reduces stomach ailments like hyperacidity, gallstones, ulcers etc.
  • It helps in absorption of vitamin D and consumption of 5 ounces of this mushroom per day helps in fighting infection.
  • Shiitake mushroom has following properties – antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal.
  • It helps in blood sugar stabilization, reduces platelet aggregation and atherosclerosis.
  • Eritadenine compound present in this mushroom helps to reduce cholesterol.

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Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: December 8, 2017

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