Shiitake mushroom Medicinal raw materials

The product combines health benefits and excellent taste characteristics. 

Shiitake mushrooms are usually harvested with a knife nupep shrooms  but twisting is sometimes used.

Shiitake mushroom
Shiitake mushrooms


When unscrewed, the leg is removed completely, leaving no pieces of fungus that can rot or contribute to mold. The collected shiitake is placed immediately in containers for transportation to the place of processing or sale done by magic mushrooms canada

Biologically active substances

Shiitake mushroom contains vitamins (A, D, C, group B), beneficial trace elements, amino acids, fatty acids and polysaccharides. In the composition of these mushrooms, even coenzyme Q10 was found in bluegoba.

The composition of shiitake mushrooms contains a large amount of vitamins, found a lot of thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, biotin. The mushroom is especially valuable for the presence of vitamin D. In natural-grown shiitake mushrooms, the amount of vitamin D exceeds the content in cod liver.

In shiitake mushrooms, the polysaccharide lentinan has recently been discovered, which forms substances that can fight cancer cells, as well as phytoncides that help resist viral diseases, hepatitis, influenza, and even HIV.

History of application in medicine

Shiitake mushrooms originated in China and Japan and have been cultivated there for over a thousand years. There are documents confirming the use of wild shiitake mushrooms from two centuries before our era.

It was also believed that the substances contained in shiitake mushrooms prevent premature aging.

The name of the mushroom is derived from the word "Shii" - a type of dwarf chestnut (Castanopsis cuspidate), and "take" in Japanese - a mushroom, it turns out "a mushroom growing on a chestnut". In this case, the tree may not necessarily be chestnut, but, for example, alder, maple, hornbeam or oak, shiitake will still grow healing.

In China, the name of the mushroom depends on the locality: Xiang Gu or Hoang Mo.

The modern Latin name for the shiitake mushroom is Lentinula edodes. The older Latin name Lentinus edodes is sometimes found.

Pharmacological properties

Pharmacological activity (immunomodulatory action, antiviral, antiblastoma) of shiitake mushroom powder and extract is mainly associated with the presence of polysaccharides in its composition, the leading of which is lentinan, which belongs to the group of biological response modifiers.

Other polysaccharides that are part of shiitake have a similar effect: emitanin and KS-2. Shiitake polysaccharides act by normalizing and activating immune processes by stimulating natural killer cells (NK cells) and killer T-lymphocytes. Amino acids, including essential ones (leucine, isoleucine, lysine, 

Threonine, methionine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, valine), B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin), vitamins D restore the blood formula of bluegobaVitamin D3 (calciferol), is involved in the regulation of immunogenesis and cell proliferation, potentiates the action of the cytostatic agent on the tumor, prolongs the therapeutic effect and minimizes the load of the basic chemotherapy drug. The active metabolite of vitamin D3 is calcitriol and

inhibits tumor growth. The fungus also helps fight arteriosclerosis, hypertension, makes you feel better in post-infarction and post-stroke conditions, lowering blood cholesterol levels.

Shiitake also increases the body's antiviral defenses due to mushroom phytoncides, which helps with any viral infections (herpes, hepatitis, influenza).

Toxicology and side effects

Shiitake mushroom is contraindicated in children under 12-14 years old, pregnant and lactating women, as well as people diagnosed with bronchial asthma (due to potential allergens in the composition). With individual intolerance to mushrooms, an allergic reaction is possible.

Shiitake, like all mushrooms, contains indigestible substances, so mushrooms should be consumed in moderation.

Clinical Application

The list of various diseases for which shiitake has proven effective is so long that it can be said that this mushroom is a kind of panacea. The amazing healing properties of the mushroom are amazing. For modern biochemistry, this mushroom has become a real sensation, and even the periodic use of shiitake significantly improves health, fighting both diseases that have already arisen, and putting an insurmountable barrier to dangerous viruses and pathogens attacking a person from the outside.

The polysaccharide Lentinan was first extracted from the Shiitake mushroom and its antitumor activity was studied by Dr. Chihara and the National Cancer Institute of Japan in 1969 magic mushrooms canada.

Lentinan, used in relatively small doses, exhibits great antitumor activity. It stimulates the activity of the immune system, which plays a major role in the destruction of tumors. Lentinan enhances various immune functions of the body, and does not attack the tumor cells (or viruses) themselves, for example, by increasing the phagocytic activity of macrophages.

The most effective use of shiitake is considered to be its use in the form of an extract, since drying concentrates the polysaccharide lentinan and other active elements - polysaccharides and KS-2. In Japan, Lentinan is often used to support immune function in cancer patients during chemotherapy (eg cyclophosphamide), resulting in increased patient survival rates. It is well known that such chemotherapeutic agents can lead to severe immune suppression. Shiitake also has not only an immune-restoring effect, but also an immuno-enhancing effect.

Antiviral action. Since viral diseases, such as HIV, are difficult to treat with modern pharmaceuticals, there is now great interest in the potent effect of the medicinal Shiitake mushroom, which inhibits a number of viruses. Shiitake has 

Two main mechanisms of action in viral infections. The first, as in the case of tumor diseases, is to modify the body's own immune response. The second mechanism is associated with the action of Lentinan, which has a direct antiviral effect.

In addition, nupep shrooms provides Shiitake contains phytonutrients - "virus-like particles" that cause the body itself to produce interferon - a powerful protein component of the immune system that blocks the reproduction of viruses. Shiitake shows high efficiency in hepatitis, herpes, influenza and other viral diseases.

Cardiovascular effect. The constituents of shiitake make it a very valuable mushroom for cardiovascular diseases. Shiitake contains an active compound - eritadenine, which significantly lowers cholesterol and blood lipids.

Another active component - tyrosinase, contained in the mushroom, helps to reduce blood pressure. Shiitake is able to lower both blood pressure and free cholesterol levels. This action is also associated with .

the presence of soluble (glucans and pectins) and insoluble (hemicellulose, lignin, chitin) fibers in the fungus. Shiitake helps to reduce blood viscosity, a mild decrease in blood pressure, and this ability allows it to be used in any cardiovascular disease.

Shiitake lowers cholesterol Adding several samples of blood serum of healthy people who took a dose of mushrooms (120 grams) before blood sampling to atherosclerotic plaques taken from a patient, significantly reduced the level of cholesterol in the latter. 

Interestingly, the blood serum of patients led to the accumulation of cholesterol and the formation of atheromas in a culture of healthy heart cells. After patients took a dose of Shiitake mushroom, .

Their blood serum no longer led to the accumulation of cholesterol within 5 hours. Studies by Japanese scientists have shown that eritadenine is responsible for lowering cholesterol levels. 

It accelerates the conversion of too low density lipoproteins (VLDLs, the high level of which, in fact, underlies the formation of atheromas and the formation of hypertensive syndrome in the future), into high density lipoproteins (HDLs), 

Thereby actually lowering the level (LDLs). Recent studies have shown that Shiitake reduces the level of low density lipoproteins (VLDLs), which are the precursors of LDLs and are regarded as a building material. Thus, the fewer VLDLs, the fewer LDLs will be produced by the liver.

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