3 Shiitake health benefits — from nutrition to liver health* – Mushroom Revival

3 Shiitake health benefits — from nutrition to liver health*

So much goodness in just one mushroom! Here’s our simplified list of Shiitake health benefits.

Shiitake happens to be one of our favorite mushrooms — and we’re not alone in our love. We want to invite you to join the fan club for these tender little ‘shrooms, by sharing with you some Shiitake health benefits and other fun facts.

Head into the produce aisle of any supermarket, in the US or just about anywhere else, and look for the mushroom bins. What will you find? Besides the ubiquitous “white” and “brown” button mushrooms, you’ll likely find the mighty Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes), with a brown cap and white or cream stem, serrated gills and white spores.

These tasty mushrooms find a home on our plates more often than any other mushroom except those buttons! Beyond their rich, meaty flavor — that’s thanks to their high umami content — Shiitake mushrooms also have a long history of use in herbalism.

Ever get confused between Maitake and Shiitake? Check out this blog post to learn the difference between Maitake and Shiitake health benefits.

Whether you choose to eat them fresh or dried, these mushrooms are worth getting to know. Here’s a look at Shiitake health benefits. We narrowed it down to three here, but we could go on all day!

Shiitake health benefit 1: They may support your liver health.*

Shiitake has long been used to show the liver a little love.* This mushroom supports liver health — and the digestive system — thanks to a compound called eritadenine.* In your body, the liver is responsible for producing and eliminating (breaking down) cholesterol, which is used to make hormones, vitamin D and some digestive enzymes.

Shiitake health benefit 2: They may help support your immune system.*

Move over, chicken soup. Shiitake broth is what’s for dinner! In both food and extract form, Shiitake has quite the rep for potentially supporting a normal immune system.*

All mushrooms contain a type of complex carbohydrates called 1,3 1,6 beta-glucans, which have been extensively researched. They may help support the immune system function as well as help with healthy cell turnover.*

Shiitake uniquely contains a beta-glucan called lentinan. This compound has been used around the world to support cellular health and can help support a healthy immune system.*

Tip: For a simple way to enjoy Shiitake health benefits, try simmering a few broken Shiitake caps (better for extracting the good stuff) in water with garlic and ginger. After a few hours, strain and whisk in miso paste for a tasty soup.

Health benefit 3: Shiitake mushrooms are packed with nutrition.

Shiitake mushrooms contain fiber, carbohydrates and protein, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. Mushrooms, in general, are relatively low in calories, so they’re also a great way to “bulk” up any meal.

It’s worth noting that Shiitake (and other mushrooms) are sources of some B vitamins as well as vitamin D — a rarity outside of animal foods.

Four dried Shiitake mushrooms provide:

  • 44 calories
  • Niacin: 11% DV
  • 11 grams carbohydrates
  • Riboflavin: 11% of DV
  • 2 grams fiber
  • Selenium: 10% DV
  • 1 gram protein
  • Vitamin B5: 33% DV
  • Copper: 39% of the Daily Value
  • Vitamin B6: 7% DV
  • Folate: 6% DV
  • Manganese: 9% DV
  • Zinc: 8% DV
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