Shiitake and Maitake mushroom

maitakeOriginating in Japan, shiitake and maitake mushrooms have been consumed for centuries and remain a popular food source today for their many medicinal benefits. Traditionally they were used for their immune stimulating, cholesterol lowering and anti-aging effects.

 

Shiitake and maitake mushrooms contain a variety of nutrients including soluble fibre, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, both mushrooms contain polysaccharides which are thought to contribute primarily to their beneficial effects.

 

Studies have reported various therapeutic properties of shiitake and maitake mushrooms, such as boosting immunity, anti-cancer activity, hepato-protective ability and anti-viral/antibacterial actions (Lakhanpal & Rana 2005, p.288). In particular, one study found extracts of shiitake mushroom increased intestinal lymphocytes by up to forty percent, proving its powerful influence over the immune system (Shen et al 2007, p.71).

 

Shiitake and maitake mushrooms can be enjoyed as a food source or consumed as an extract in powder or tablet form. Enjoy the many benefits of these powerful super foods today!

 

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References

Lakhanpal, T, Rana, M 2005, ‘Medicinal and nutraceutical genetic resources of mushrooms’, Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization, vol.3, no.2, pp.288-303

Shen, J, Ren, H, Tomiyama-miyaji, C, Suga, Y et al 2007, ‘Potentiation of intestinal immunity by micellary mushroom extracts’, Biomedical Research, vol.28, no.2, pp.71-77

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