Shiitake mushrooms are the sweetheart of the edible mushroom family — they’re honored as the queen of the plant kingdom. Rich in nutrition, shiitake are high in protein, vitamins (such as vitamin B, iron, potassium, and vitamin D), they have 30 kinds of enzymes, and 18 kinds of amino acids.
If you haven’t tried them, shiitake are smooth and have a pleasing, fragrant taste; they are often used in soups and stir-fries.
Shiitake health benefits
Notably, eating shiitake can enhance the body’s immunity. Shiitake mushrooms have the ability to induce the production of antiviral substances in the body called interferons, which intercept the formation of viral proteins, thereby stopping the reproduction of viruses.
Shiitake can also help suppress the cholesterol level due to a kind of nucleic acid in the mushrooms. They are able to prevent the hardening of arteries and the breaking of blood vessels, while reducing blood pressure. Moreover, they contain a kind of enzyme called beta-glucosidase that raises the body’s ability to suppress and resist cancer.
From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, shiitake mushrooms are characterized as being pleasant and smooth. They strengthen the digestive system, enhance vitality, eliminate chill, ease blood circulation, remove phlegm, aid urination, and help resist pox diseases.
Shiitake recipes are fragrant, nutritious, delicious, and refreshing in taste. You can get fresh and dried shiitake at most supermarkets, even in Western countries, and if not, you’ll definitely find them at your local Asian market.
Here are a couple great medicinal shiitake mushroom recipes to get you started.
Shiitake mushroom and prussian carp soup recipe
18 grams of fresh shiitake mushrooms (washed and sliced), and one prussian carp (scraped and cleaned). Boil in clear broth, with a modest addition of salt for taste.
The prussian carp strengthens the spleen and aids urination, while the shiitake mushroom removes viruses and toxins. This recipe is effective against measles in children.
Shiitake mushroom porridge recipe
100 grams of shiitake mushrooms (cleaned and shredded), 100 grams of Japanese rice, add 50 grams of cooked beef (sliced thinly), and water to cook into a porridge. Once the porridge is ready, add scallions, ground ginger, and salt for flavor.
Shiitake mushrooms strengthen the digestive system and purge viruses and toxins. Japanese rice invigorates and improves energy. It also strengthens the stomach and spleen. Similarly, cooked beef aids the digestive system and improves blood circulation.
These different ingredients complement each other to fortify the spleen and the digestive system, while detoxifying the body. They help against ailments such as chronic gastritis, gastric pain, anemia, and deficiency in white blood cells.