Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) - “known as the fragrant mushroom”
I can’t help but think of the Outkast song Roses ...I know you’d like to think your shiitake don’t stink
Shiitake mushrooms have been used as medicinal food in Asian Countries for thousands of years. As well as having a delicious rich, savoury taste, they are packed with nutrients.
High levels of B vitamins and 18 amino acids (including the essential ones that we can’t make ourselves) to maintain muscle tissue and keep a healthy balance of feel-good neurochemicals. Not to mention mushrooms are the only plant based food to be a source of vitamin D, as long as they grow in sunlight.
Contain Eritadenine which has been proven to lower cholesterol
Source of Beta-glucans which support the immune system
In Japan the active biochemical Lentinan from shiitake mushrooms has been licensed for use in gastric cancer patients, showing significant advantage over chemotherapy alone.
PLUS it has antimicrobial properties against bacteria, fungal & yeast!