Shiitake mushrooms provide some of the best health benefits of any other food in the natural kingdom. Although, keep in mind, when we talk about those benefits we’re referring to log-grown shiitakes, not sawdust grown.
The main health benefit credited to authentic shiitake mushrooms is their immune-boosting properties. Complex carbohydrates known as polysaccharides strengthen our bodies’ natural defenses against disease and illness. Recent experiments show that eating shiitake mushrooms inhibit tumor growth not by destroying the tumor cells but by strengthening the immune system fighting them.
They have also been used to help fight fibrocystic breast disease, high blood pressure, and viruses, and to improve circulation, and reduce cholesterol.
Shiitakes contain high levels of protein, vitamins, minerals, b-vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and potasiam.