Shiitakes are of the most popular cultivated varieties of specialty mushrooms Some shiitake health benefits include:

•Support Immune Function, have ability to BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM and combat many diseases by way of providing important vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
In study carried out by the American College of Nutrition it was found that shiitake mushroom has improved gut immunity and cell-effector functions. The research also shows that shiitake mushroom consumption leads to a reduction in gut inflammation.

•Fight obesity - Some of the chemical components in shiitake mushrooms, such as eritadenine and b-glucan, have fat-reducing properties. Research has proved that b-glucan reduces food intake, increases satiety, and can reduce the level of fat in the plasma. According to research published in the journal of Obesity, researchers conclude that adding shiitake mushrooms to high-fat diets is efficient in preventing weight gain. Some other ongoing research is focusing on the efficiency of shiitake mushroom for the prevention and treatment of obesity and other metabolic disorders.

•Destroy Cancer Cells, research suggest that shiitake helps fight cancer cells and help heal chromosome damage caused by anti cancer treatments. In 2006, a group of researchers made a study on the potency of ethyl acetate extracted from shiitake mushroom. The result published in the Alternative and Complementary Medicine shows that shiitake mushroom is capable of inhibiting growth in tumor cells through microchemical actions. Shiitake mushroom was able to induce apoptosis, which is the process of programming cell death. This result indicates that shiitake mushrooms could be a potent natural treatment for cancer.

•Support Cardiovascular Health- Shiitake mushrooms have a family of compounds called sterols that can control the way the liver produces cholesterol. Apart from sterols, some other phytonutrients prevent the blood cells from sticking to the walls of the blood vessels, thereby preventing plaque accumulation. All these features help in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system.

•Contain Antimicrobial Properties - A study carries out in 2011 at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London tested the efficacy of shiitake mushrooms in combating gingivitis. They also compared the results with the top gingivitis mouthwash with the active ingredient chlorhexidine. Gingivitis is characterized by the buildup of biofilm in the gingival margin. The results show that the patients subjected to shiitake mushrooms treatment experienced a reduction in bacteria and other infectious oral microbes. Surprisingly, shiitake does not affect non-infectious organisms in the mouth. On the other hand, chlorhexidine has a mild effect on all organisms in the oral cavity.

•Boost Energy and Brain Function shiitake are great source of B vitamins, which help support adrenal function and turn nutrients from food into usable energy. They also help improve hormonal balance, increases focus, and cognitive functions. Can help solve the B vitamins deficiency, such deficiency leads to energy slums, cloudy thinking, and unhealthy blood cells, among many other symptoms.

•Provide Vitamin D - We all know that the sun is the best source of vitamin D, but you can still get a decent amount of this vital vitamin from shiitake mushrooms. Vitamin D is crucial for healthy bone and teeth formation and minimizes the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases as well as autoimmune diseases. This vitamin is also required for the normal absorption and metabolism of phosphorus and calcium.

•Promote Skin Health - A combination of selenium, vitamin A and Vitamin E helps alleviate acne and its deteriorating effect on the skin. Shiitake mushrooms is an effective natural remedy for acne. The zink content in shiitake mushrooms also helps strengthen the immune system and improve skin healing.