Shiitake mushrooms (Botanical name: Lentinus edodes), in our language Shiitake mushrooms also called the Chinese mushroom, oak mushroom and Black Forest mushroom. In Japan, nicknamed imperial mushroom. It belongs to the very medicinal edible mushroom, originating from the Asian continent, where it grows naturally in forests.
To the east for centuries used as food or as medicine, especially in China. More recently, shiitake mushrooms grow in popularity and in western countries. Today, shiitake mushrooms ranks second on the list of the most commonly grown mushroom in the world.
It contains a lot of minerals (potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium), a plurality of B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B11, B12), amino acid, and vegetable fibers.Because of its extraordinary healing properties shiitake mushrooms are highly valued in ancient Chinese medicine. In the Far East of the opinion that shiitake protect the body from a variety of degenerative diseases, prevent a range of organic disorder, destroy cancer cells, purify the body from harmful substances, provide energy and increase the level of vitality.
Modern medical tests to be carried out since 1960 on animals have shown that shiitake mushroom actually has anti-tumor and anti-cancer effect and is soon acquired the name “killer cancer”. In addition, the beneficial effects after chemotherapy and radiation.
In other studies has been confirmed to affect the regulation of blood pressure and lowering cholesterol levels. Beneficial effect on the pancreas, liver and immune system. Shiitake mushrooms also inhibits the growth of harmful microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria, and is used to combat various types of infections.
Shiitake mushrooms are promoted in the fight against the formation and progression of AIDS as a natural remedy for strengthening the immune system.
Against this background, there is no doubt that this edible fungus really healing but rarely can hear what is the amount needed to achieve positive results in the treatment of certain diseases and disorders.
However, rumor has it that the strength and effectiveness of shiitake mushrooms depends on the way the preparation and consumed.
For this reason, the market is often found various extracts of active ingredients extracted from shiitake mushrooms that are recommended for certain types of therapy, instead of the mushrooms themselves. In Japan, for example, only substance lentinan from shiitake adds with chemotherapy intended to treat people suffering from cancer of the throat, lungs and stomach, because it is considered that it can stop or slow the growth of tumors.
To reduce the risk of cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends a balanced diet, which should include at least five meals a day with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Priority is given to whole grains, seeds, nuts, legumes. Now that list we can add the occasional consumption of shiitake mushrooms. In any case it is necessary to reduce the intake of red meat and animal fat.
Note: shiitake mushrooms and their extracts are generally considered safe for use, although in some people can cause allergic reactions, bloating or diarrhea. It is important to know that people with cancer should never shiitake mushroom considered for basic medicine, but only as a dietary supplement. Cancer is a serious disease in which treatment should include modern medicine.