What are the Health Benefits of Shiitake Mushrooms?

Shiitake mushrooms are a usual family favorite for their versatility in recipes. They are low in calorie and nutrient dense, making them a power food. They are rich in fiber, vitamins, specifically B Vitamin, and several other minerals like manganese and zinc. Scientists have determined that shiitakes offer the same amount of amino acids as most meats, making them rich in umami flavor.

According to Chinese medicine, shiitake mushrooms have been thought to improve immune health, circulation, and even longevity. Their many bioactive compounds, like eritadenine and sterols, are truly what may boost your immune system and lower cholesterol. Those with known high blood pressure should consider factoring shiitake mushrooms into your diet, several studies have linked lower blood pressure to consumption of shiitakes.

Researchers at Penn State University conducted a meta-analysis of longitudinal health studies and found consumption of just 18 grams of mushrooms a day (4 small shiitakes) correlates to a 45% reduction in the incidence of cancer. Advances in Nutrition

You can reap all the great health benefits of shiitake mushrooms by growing your own at home. It's quite easy too! Check out our grow kits here.

Here is the original article outlining other health benefits of shiitake mushrooms.


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