Shiitake have been cultivated for thousands of years and are commonly consumed all over Asia, and the rest of the world. It contains a specific polysaccharide called lentinan which makes it stand out for it’s immune system effects.
- Promote heart health: Shiitake mushrooms actually contain compounds that act like statins; compounds known to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol in our blood. Its phytonutrients prevent plaques from building up in arterial walls.
- Powerful antioxidant: This mushroom has the highest levels of the powerful antioxidant ergothoneine.
- Immune system stimulant: The polysaccharides in shiitake stimulate the immune system, as they do in the other mushrooms we discuss.
- Anti-cancer & anti-tumor effects: A specific polysaccharide called letinan has been shown to inhibit the growth and spread of leukemia cells.
Find more about this and other mushrooms on my article The Wonderful World of Mushrooms.