7 Shiitake Mushrooms Health Facts You Might Not Know
7 Shiitake Mushrooms Health Facts*
Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) mushrooms are the second most popular mushroom in the world, and they’re super tasty and easy to cook. Beyond that, these mushrooms offer plenty of nutritional and health support.* Let’s run down some Shiitake mushrooms health facts!
Shiitake Mushrooms 101
Shiitake mushrooms get their name from the Japanese word for “oak,” or shia. Take is Japanese for “mushroom.” While it’s not a Shiitake mushrooms health fact per se, it’s worth noting that their species name, edodes, means “edible”! This yummy, umami-packed fungus grows on fallen broadleaf trees across China, Japan and other Asian countries with temperate climates. They also grow in the US, and you can grow them on logs with only a little effort. In both China and Japan, Shiitake mushrooms have been eaten and consumed as supplements for millennia.*
Here are some Shiitake mushrooms health facts worth learning!
1. Shiitake mushrooms may be low in calories.*
A cup of cooked Shiitake mushrooms contains less calories than other hearty foods like meat and grains per cup— so you can eat a lot and keep those calories in check!* One popular way to eat mushrooms is by mincing them and mixing with meat. This not only adds flavor and texture to dishes, but it also helps bulk up meals for fewer calories.*
2. Shiitake mushrooms may provide fiber.*
You also may get additional fiber in that cup of Shiitake mushrooms.* Fiber is a type of indigestible carbohydrate found only in plants and mushrooms. It plays a number of roles in the body, supporting heart health, gut health, regularity and healthy blood sugar levels within normal ranges. Eating a cup of mushrooms puts you closer to your daily quota in a tasty way!*
3. Shiitake mushrooms may be a source of riboflavin, vitamin B6, niacin, zinc and manganese.*
Shiitake has been shown to contain these vitamins and nutrients.*
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4. Shiitake mushrooms may be a source of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and selenium.*
Vitamin B5 is better known as pantothenic acid. While not as well-known as some other vitamins, B5 supports the body's natural energy levels.*
Plus, there may be selenium and copper) from Shiitakes!* Selenium is a mineral that may support healthy oxidation, while copper may support natural energy, iron metabolism and more.*
5. Shiitake mushrooms may contain vitamin D.*
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that your body needs to absorb calcium (for bone health). It also supports healthy cell growth and immune function.* Most of the time, we get this nutrient from animal-based foods (or sunlight), but one of the coolest Shiitake mushrooms health facts is that they may also contain vitamin D.*
A cup will give you vitamin D in the form of ergocalciferol (D2).* When Shiitake mushrooms are exposed to UV light, they may actually increase their vitamin D levels!*
6. Shiitake mushrooms may help support immune health.*
In both China and Japan, Shiitake mushrooms were traditionally used to help support the immune system for everything from acute responses to cellular support.(1)* Today, Shiitake fruiting body extract, which is known as lentinan, is researched and used widely. Lentinan supports white blood cells and offers support for the immune system.*(2)
7. Shiitake mushrooms may support your health in plenty of ways.*
Here’s the last of our Shiitake mushrooms health facts (for now): Beyond immune support, Shiitake mushrooms may support healthy cholesterol within normal ranges, skin health and liver support.*
Thanks for reading through these Shiitake mushrooms health facts — did you learn anything new?
Want to try Shiitake mushrooms in a new way?
Check out our Daily 10 Tincture. It is not a food and therefore will not contain the same contents as whole cooked mushrooms, but as a tincture, Shiitake may also help support overall health and immunity.* Daily 10 is convenient and versatile, it packs in 10 different mushrooms!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.