Shiitake is an edible mushroom native to East Asia. It is known as a medicinal mushroom in some forms of traditional medicine. More research must be conducted but the science is showing that shiitake may have the potential to improve our immune systems, inhibit the growth of cancer cells, prevents fat deposition, and can act as an antimicrobial.
Shiitakes have a meaty texture and woodsy flavor, making them the perfect addition to soups, salads, meat dishes and stir fries.
Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults.
Dietary Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinus edodes) Prevents Fat Deposition and Lowers Triglyceride in Rats Fed a High-Fat Diet
Inhibition of growth and induction of apoptosis in human cancer cell lines by an ethyl acetate fraction from shiitake mushrooms.
Effect of shiitake (Lentinus edodes) and maitake (Grifola frondosa) mushrooms on blood pressure and plasma lipids of spontaneously hypertensive rats.
In vitro assessment of shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes) extract for its antigingivitis activity.