ORGANIC SHIITAKE MUSHROOM POWDER
Native to China, Shiitake mushrooms (non-GMO) have been eaten for nearly 6000 years. Aside from being a natural source of protein, shiitake mushrooms supply niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, potassium and iron, and are a natural source of vitamins A, B and C. When used in their sun-dried form they provide a valuable dose of Vitamin D, found in very few foods. They contain more than 50 different enzymes, including pepsin that supports healthy digestion and asparaginase, which is a substance that may support a healthy immune response.
Country of Origin
Recent studies have traced shiitakes' legendary benefits to an active compound contained in these mushrooms called lentinan. Among lentinan supportive benefits is its ability to support a healthy immune system response in order to strengthen the body's ability to fight infection and disease.
A large number of animal studies conducted over the last ten years have shown that another active component in shiitake mushrooms called eritadenine may support healthy lipid levels. Even when lab animals are given dietary protein rich in methionine (an amino acid researchers have found causes an increase in cholesterol formation), eritadenine still lowers plasma cholesterol levels in a dose-dependent manner. In other words, the more eritadenine given, the better the support for healthy lipid levels are.
L-ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant, has been discovered in mushrooms, thanks to a new analytical method capable of identifying this antioxidant in plant material. In research presented at the 2005 American Chemical Society meeting in Washington, D.C., an American research team revealed that mushrooms contain higher concentrations L-ergothioneine than either of the two dietary sources previously believed to contain the most: chicken liver and wheat germ.
Thrombosis, the formation of a blood clot that inhibits blood-flow, has been shown to be significantly reduced by individuals consuming shiitake mushroom oil. The Department of Agricultural and Biological Chemistry at Nihon University in Japan has demonstrated that the levels of lenthionine found in shiitake mushrooms may possibly inhibit platelet aggregation.
Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Shiitake Mushroom Powder may include:
- Containing more than 50 different enzymes
- May reduce cellular mutation by way of a branched beta-glucan called Lentinan
- Containing eritadenine which supports healthy cholesterol levels
- Supports a healthy immune system response
- Good natural source of vitamin D
- Powerful antioxidant properties
- May support the body’s ability to reduce blood clots
How to use
The dried shiitake mushroom, with superior flavour, is commonly used in a macrobiotic diet. It is perfect for stir-fries, soups, stews, sauces and baked dishes. Soak in warm water for 20 minutes before use.