There is a new, global interest in mushroom therapeutics…and it’s growing. Exponentially. More and more people are learning about the health benefits of mushrooms and sharing stories with friends and family.

As we learn more about the healing power of mushrooms for everyday health, different words have become part of our vocabulary. Every day people are learning about the world of Mycotherapy (mushroom therapy).

Shiitake mushrooms have been found to have many different medicinal properties such as immunomodulation, and even oral health. However, Shiitake is best known for its role in the fight against cardiovascular disease and certain cancers in the lower body such as liver, colorectal, and prostate.

Per our customer feedback, we’re building the series “7 Important Things to Know to About” to help our community learn more about the all-natural ingredients in our products and why they are used to create our proprietary, synergistic extract blends.

7 Important Things to Know About Shiitake

Shiitake are some of the world’s most popular mushrooms. They have both culinary and significant medicinal applications. Shiitake’s power comes from eritadene and lentinan, both bioactive compounds that work in the fight against cardiovascular heart disease  (CVD) and gastric cancers. Shiitake also play a role in boosting the immune system and oral health. For this part of our series, we look to highlight Shiitake’s key health applications and the reasons for their essential role in mycotherapy.

What are Shiitake Mushrooms?

  • Shiitake Mushrooms, Lentinus edodes, originate from East Asia and have been used as medicine for centuries.
  • The name Shiitake means “mushroom from the fallen Shii tree”, Catanopsis cuspidata, native to Japan and South Korea. In China, Shiitake mushrooms are called “Hsiang Ku”, meaning “fragrant mushroom.”
  • Sought out for both their culinary and medicinal properties, Shiitake mushrooms are the world’s second most-produced mushroom, the first being the common white button mushroom.

What are Shiitake Mushrooms?

  • Reishi Gold mushrooms (Ganoderma curtisii) are the US-found equivalent of the Ganoderma lucidum mushroom, also called Lingzhi. It’s specific name curtisii comes from a priest, M.A Curtis (1808 – 1872), a pioneer mycobotanist in the US.
  • Reishi Gold mushrooms deliver the same health benefits as their lucidum counterparts that grow or are cultivated in different parts of the world.

Where Does Shiitake Grow?

  • Shiitake mushrooms can be found in the wild, but can also be grown and harvested on logs from different trees, preferably oak, red maple, and beech. Today, Shiitake farms are common in different parts of the world, and techniques to grow them have evolved following an increase in global demand for superfoods.

What’s the big deal with Shiitake?

  • Extracts from Shiitake mushrooms have been found to have many different medicinal properties such as immunomodulation, and even oral health (anticavity). However, Shiitake is best known for its role in the fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD) and certain cancers in the lower body such as liver, colorectal, and prostate.

What’s the difference between Shiitake and other edible mushrooms?

  • Shiitake are unique for having both medicinal AND culinary applications. Some mushrooms are rich in medicinal benefits and myconutrients but are rather difficult to include in a diet given their unappealing taste and texture. Other mushrooms such as those that you commonly cook or put on your pizza, are tasty but don’t have much to offer in terms of health. Shiitake has both and in abundance.

What gives Shiitake mushrooms their power?

  • Shiitake mushrooms are rich in eritadenines and lentinan. Eritadenines are bioactive compounds used to control & lower LDL cholesterol, a primary cause of cardiovascular disease. Lentinan is has been proven effective in treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) IBD, Crohn’s disease (CD), as well as different gastric cancers.
  • Additionally, Shiitake is also rich in polysaccharides with immunobosting and antitumor properties. Research on the benefits of Shiitake is ongoing. Nonetheless, the vast amount of research indicates that Shiitake is, and will remain one of mycotherapy’s pillars for years to come.

Does eating Shiitake have side effects or interactions?

  • There’s a rash called Shiitake dermatitis, also called flagellate rash. Which may be caused by eating raw or half-cooked Shiitake. This rash is experienced by approximately 2% of the people that consume raw Shiitake. The reaction usually appears 2-3 days after eating Shiitake and disappears spontaneously after several days.
  • We ask and encourage you to seek medical advice about allergies or potential interactions before consuming Shiitake or using blends that contain its extracts.

About Our Blends

Our Immunity Support blend includes a synergistic combination of Shiitake and other natural respiratory and immune system-boosting extracts from quality, organic, non-GMO ingredients, such as Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, Maitake, Reishi Gold, and Turkey Tail mushrooms, with Oregano Leaf Oil.

All of our blends are formulated to generate synergy among the ingredients, delivering stronger effects and results than consuming each ingredient separately.

Our specially formulated blend is convenient and easy to use. Simply add it to a glass of water a couple of times each day to reap all the benefits and help you support your immune response systems.

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