Considered the ‘elixir of life’ by Japanese elders, this superfood mushroom bursts with amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
A true medicinal powerhouse, shiitake is used to boost immunity, strengthen the respiratory tract, tone the heart, improve circulation and protect the liver.
This study conducted a 6-week trial of shiitake on 42 healthy, elderly subjects and found that there was an improvement in circulation. Two groups were given a 2.5mg of Lentinus edodes (shiitake) or placebo, with the shiitake sample showing an increase in circulating B-cells.
This study conducted a trial of shiitake extract in seven patients undergoing chemotherapy and found that there was an improved quality of life and immune function of patients.
This study conducted two separate exercise trials where subjects ingested 700mg of shiitake mushroom extract twice daily. The study found shiitake to have antioxidative activity in the regulation of nitric oxide concentration and thiol redox status.