Shiitake mushroom – also known as sawtooth oak mushroom and black forest mushroom – is a fungi native to East Asia, where it is cultivated and consumed. It has been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years and is considered a medicinal mushroom. One of the beneficial compounds in shiitake mushrooms that is supported from several studies is particular group of carbohydrate-related molecules called glucans. These glucans are a form of linked sugars called polysaccharides that are found in various foods. In these mushrooms it is not only that they are found in an unusual large amount, but they also occur in a particular form that is called beta-glucan.
Since the beta-glucans are not broken down by enzymes in the digestive tract, they traverse through to the large intestine where they can support the growth of the types of bacteria we need in our digestive tract. In addition, beta-glucans helps support a several functions in the body, such as the endocrine system and the immune system. They support the immune system by binding onto particular receptors in the cells. Beta-glucans also function as antioxidants by operating as free radical scavengers. Finally, this polysaccharide has been linked to improved regulation of blood sugar.
The shiitake mushroom naturally contains a range of healthy compounds, aside from the mentioned beta glucans, we also find other prebiotic digestive enzymes, along with amino acids, proteins, peptides, selenium, and antioxidants, such as glutathione, ergothioneine, polyphenols, flavonoids, SOD (superoxide dismutase).
A daily dose from 1 to 5 gram. Can well be mixed in a smoothie or made into a tea.
Shiitake mushroom extract powder (Lentinula edodes). Contains no fillers.
The various effects are not guaranteed and results may vary due to several factors between different people.
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