Shiitake Mushrooms have been prized for thousands of years as a symbol of longevity in Asia.  Here in America, the demand is steadily growing for these specialty mushrooms that are traditionally grown on natural hardwood logs.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) first allowed Shiitake Mushrooms to be grown commercially in the U.S. in 1972.  That has spawned a nice crop for small-scale farmers!  Shiitake Mushrooms grow on a variety of tree types including white oak, red oak, sweetgum, and cherry wood.  Although they can be grown in less natural conditions, the very best Shiitake Mushrooms grow on trees!

Because they are highly perishable, Shiitake Mushrooms do not store well.  Like all plants, the sooner you eat them, the more nutrient content and flavor they will have.  Refrigeration slows down the breakdown but it is best to eat them as soon as possible.  The dried variety should be stored in a tightly sealed glass container either in the refrigerator or freezer.  Here are some documented ways that Shiitake Mushrooms help you LIVE YOUNGER:

  1. Anti-cancer Properties:  The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published an interesting study in 2006 investigating the role of Shiitake Mushrooms in breast cancer.  The research suggested that compounds in these medicinal mushrooms were able to inhibit tumor growth.
  2. Heart Health Promotion:  The potent phytonutrients found in Shiitake Mushrooms help decrease plaque buildup in the blood vessels.  This improves blood pressure and improves circulation.  Partly responsible for their flavor, lenthionine is an organosulfur compound that is thought to be responsible for this benefit.  
  3. Immune Support:  The Journal of the American College of Nutrition published a study on healthy young adults and the effect of Shiitake Mushrooms.  They concluded that this food improved immunity and decreased C-reactive protein, an inflammatory marker.  

One possible concern about Shiitake Mushrooms is that they are a source of purines, in moderate amounts.  This is important if you are challenged with gout or kidney stones.  Purines are a type of chemical compound found in many common foods and are especially “highly” concentrated in seafood, organ meats, and alcoholic beverages.  When the liver breaks these chemicals down, uric acid is produced.  When too much uric acid builds up in the blood, called hyperuricemia, some people develop kidney stones or an inflammatory joint condition called gout.  Most people are able to filter it in the kidneys and excrete it.  Shiitake Mushroom are on the “moderate” list along with Asparagus, Spinach, and Cauliflower, to name a few.   

Shiitake Mushrooms grow on trees!  LIVE YOUNGER with the benefits of real food.  Give your body more of what it was designed to use.  START SOMEWHERE exploring new possibilities.  You can do it.  I will help you!

Shiitake Mushrooms Grow on Trees

Shiitake Mushrooms Grow on Trees