Shiitake


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.


Kingdom:Fungi

Division:Basidiomycota

Class:Agaricomycetes

Order:Agaricales

Family:Marasmiaceae

Genus:Lentinula

Species:L. edodes

 

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Shiitake Stir Fry

Shiitake Recipe


Research:

Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25866155

Dietary Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinus edodes) Prevents Fat Deposition and Lowers Triglyceride in Rats Fed a High-Fat Diet
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3199106/

Inhibition of growth and induction of apoptosis in human cancer cell lines by an ethyl acetate fraction from shiitake mushrooms.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16566671

Effect of shiitake (Lentinus edodes) and maitake (Grifola frondosa) mushrooms on blood pressure and plasma lipids of spontaneously hypertensive rats.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3443885

In vitro assessment of shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes) extract for its antigingivitis activity.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21966183