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Herbal medicine
A mushroom that contains B vitamins, cortinelin (an antibacterial) and lentinan (­a polysaccharide complex that stimulates the immune system). Shiitake has been used as a medicinal mushroom for upper respiratory diseases, poor circulation, liver disease, exhaustion and weakness, and to boost qi/chi. It is also said to prevent premature ageing, hypertension, AIDS and the occurrence of hang nails.
Fringe oncology
Shiitake mushrooms have been used for cancer via proprietary extracts (e.g., PSK, Lentinan).

Dubious at best.


n See lentinan.
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Mushrooms come in a host of varieties including wild ceps and chanterelles, the exotic shitake mushroom and also the more common field and button varieties.
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Adding a little substance to the meal, the main course was a beautiful combination of roast fillet and braised cheek of Stokes March beef, onion, braised turnip, shitake mushrooms and red wine sauce.
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Marion TPAPPARDELLE WITH MUSHROOMS (serves 4) INGREDIENTS Pappardelle 400g Button mushrooms 200g(sliced) Oyster mushrooms 120g (sliced) Shitake mushrooms 120g (cut in wedge) Dried porcini 5g (soaked in 50ml of warm water) Garlic 1 large clove (finely chopped) White wine 100ml Vegetable stock 150ml Parsley 2 tablespoons (chopped) Butter 100g Olive oil 1tablespoon Parmesan Salt, pepper METHOD 1.