How Shiitake Mushrooms Boost The Immune System
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- There are over 10,000 species of mushrooms in the world.
- Eating just a 1/2 cup of shiitake mushrooms can support your immune system, blood vessels, and bones.
- Shiitake mushrooms can reduce inflammation and fight high cholesterol.
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Did you know that there are over 10,000 species of mushrooms in the world? Of those, only about 1,000 are believed to be edible. Today, we’re going to focus on just one: shiitake mushrooms.
The History Of Shiitake Mushrooms
Shiitake mushrooms are native to the mountains of Japan, China and Korea, where they first grew on logs and fallen trees. Shiitakes were first cultivated by the Chinese about 1,000 years ago, before spreading to Japan. Today, shiitakes are grown commercially in China, Japan, Korea, Brazil and the U.S., either on logs or artificial surfaces.
Nutritional Benefits Of Shiitakes
Just 1/2 cup of shiitake mushrooms delivers more than 70 percent of the daily recommended intake of natural copper, an important mineral that supports the immune system, blood vessels and bones. Shiitakes are also high in compounds that have been shown to reduce inflammation and fight high cholesterol.
How Shiitake Mushrooms Help The Immune System
Polysaccharides are compounds that increase white blood cell production and protect against cell damage. Shiitakes contain high amounts of polysaccharides, which is why they’re considered a good nutritional tool for boosting immune system function.
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Source: WebMD, “Shiitake Mushrooms: Health Benefits, Nutrition and Uses”