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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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A University of Florida study published online in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition showed increased immunity among people who ate a cooked shiitake mushroom every day for four weeks.
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If you have any left, shiitake mushrooms go well with pork, steamed fish and other mushrooms, and can add flavour to noodle dishes.
Serves 4 Ingredients | 8 sheets fresh lasagne | 450g/8oz The Mushroom Garden Shiitake Mushrooms | 1 pot of creme fraiche | 25g/10oz flat leaf parsley, washed and roughly chopped | Zest of 1 large orange | 50g/2oz butter | 2 tbsp olive oil plus extra for drizzling | Salt and freshly milled black pepper Method Clean and trim the mushrooms.
Shiitake mushrooms can be an exceptional source of vitamin D, as noted in research published in Paul Stamets' book, Mycelium Running.
The amount of formaldehyde that was found in raw shiitake mushrooms exceeded safe limits according to one study reported by Vesanto in Becoming Raw.
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The government took the step after shiitake mushrooms from the inland city were found Thursday to be contaminated with radioactive cesium at a level of 1,020 becquerels per kilogram, against the limit of 500 becquerels, the chief Cabinet secretary told a press conference.
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One particularly delightful harvest, available primarily from spring through fall, is the shiitake mushroom.
We might see more widespread use of Shiitake mushrooms in the future, due to its great meaty flavor with firm texture.