SHIITAKE (Medicamentous and Nutritional Mushroom)

Shiitake is a fungus of Asian origin and is currently the second most popular edible fungus in the world. Nutrient-rich, protein-rich (containing about 17.5% of total dry matter), with nine essential amino acids, contains substances that help control blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels, strengthen Immunological system and inhibition of the development of tumors, viruses and bacteria. On the anti-cancer effects of a particular isolated substance from the fungus are undergoing clinical trials. [1]

Nutritional Function: Carbohydrates, Proteins, Essential Amino Acids, Fibers, Lipids, Vitamin D, Vitamins Group B, Fe, Mn, K, Ca, Mg, Cu, P, Zn.
Enhancement of the immune system: lentin (beta glucan) stimulation of macrophages, T lymphocytes and Natural Killer. Supporting HIV therapies.
Cholesterol lowering effect: eritadenine, unique amino acid.
Antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Antifungal Properties: It promotes the development of the microbiota by preventing superinfection from candida.

1. Alicia Di Rado, Can a mushroom help fight lung cancer?, ehope, vol. 7, nº 11, Duarte, California, City of Hope National Medical Center, 26 novembre 2008. 

Shiitake