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The Benefits Of Shiitake Mushrooms-Part 2

December 31, 2016

The Benefits Of Shiitake Mushrooms-Part 2

Is there really such a thing as a superfood? Well...yes and no. On the one hand, Michael Van Straten, a practitioner of alternative medicine, wrote the book Superfoods in the early 1990’s. It was a cookbook that claimed certain foods, such as blueberries, had heretofore hidden nutritional powers that had the ability to supercharge the body. Really, it just suggested eating foods that we already knew were good for us. On the other hand, there are certain foods that naturally possess multiple health benefits. As long as we eat them on a regular basis, we reap the rewards. Shiitake mushrooms are one of those foods.

As scientific understanding advances, so does our understanding of the world. More than ever, we know that the humble shiitake mushroom is exploding with positive aspects. Yesterday, we were delighted to share with you a few ways this fungus could boost your health. Today, we’re looking forwards to sharing a few more.

  • Odds are, you’ve probably heard of gingivitis. If not, it’s a disease of the gums that involves inflammation. Gingivitis is caused by a film of microbes, and the dental mouthwash you use has chlorhexidine, which is designed to destroy those microbes. Interestingly, researchers in London in 2011 discovered that shiitake mushrooms naturally lower the amounts of harmful microbes. However, it was found that chlorhexidine sometimes had a negative effect on microbes that were beneficial to your body, while shiitake did not affect those same microbes.
  • Many of us should take our vitamins on a more routine basis, and we suffer for it. Vitamin B is one of those vitamins we’re lacking. It’s critically important, considering it first helps to support our adrenal functions and transform the nutrients we get from food into the energy our body needs for power. It also helps to naturally regulate hormones. When we’re well-supplied with vitamin B, we have plenty of energy, strong cognitive abilities, and healthy adrenal and blood cell functions. What’s chock full of vitamin B? You guessed it, shiitake mushrooms.
  • Speaking of vitamins, let’s talk a little bit about Vitamin D. Most of us associate it with sunshine, and it’s another vitamin that’s a rock star at multitasking. It keeps bones strong, and it reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and some forms of cancer. It also regulates your immune system and helps to keep it strong, provides brain function while you age, reduces the strength of asthma symptoms, helps to maintain healthy body weight, reduces the risk women have of developing rheumatoid arthritis and reduces the risk in both genders of developing multiple sclerosis. As you can see, vitamin D does an awful lot, and along with eggs, wild-caught salmon, and raw dairy, it’s packed inside shiitake mushrooms.
  • It’s bad enough as a teenager to have to deal with an outbreak of acne. But as an adult, it’s even worse, since we look at acne as an adolescent skin issue. The scarring that sometimes follows a nasty outbreak is adding insult to injury. But if you take Vitamins A and E, along with selenium, it can significantly reduce the severity of an outbreak. As it turns out, 100 grams of shiitake mushrooms contains approximately 5.7 milligrams of selenium. That’s about 8% of your daily value, and that means shiitake mushrooms act as a completely natural treatment for acne.