Shiitake mushrooms:10 properties, benefits and contraindications

There are many types of mushrooms around the world.Many of them are inedible because they are poisonous and cause harm to humans.Shiitake mushrooms are part of the Lentinula edodes species.These are full of B vitamins,  rich in antiviral, and antibacterial and antifungal properties. It helps control the level of sugar in the blood and effectively reduces inflammatory situations within the body.It is also rich in chemical components that protect our DNA from oxidative damage.The lentinano (an antitumor polysaccharide) for example heals the damage to chromosomes caused by anti-cancer treatments. Eritadenine, on the other hand (a unique amino acid) is believed to have a cholesterol-lowering effect and therefore supports cardiovascular health. .

Check out 11 benefits of Shiitake mushrooms in the body:

1) It has a large amount of protein and can replace red meat at meals;

2) Rich in fiber that helps to reduce blood sugar, is a food very suitable for diabetics;

3) Its abundance in folic acid and vitamin B9 is quite remarkable. A portion of daily food supplies the daily need for this vitamin so important for the proper functioning of the nervous system;

4) The presence of a substance called lentinan assists in maintaining the body’s immune system, preventing and fighting disease and infection;

5) Lentinan has also been identified as a substance capable of reducing the chances of developing cancer and even fighting already cancerous cells;

6) The same substance, lentinan, is able to prevent thrombosis, as it prevents the formation of clots that block circulation;

7) In addition to its anti-tumor and antiviral properties, shiitake also stimulates the body’s white blood cells and antibodies;

8) It is proven to be a food that lowers bad blood cholesterol;

9) Has a large amount of selenium, a very important mineral for blood vessel and thyroid health;

10) Helps control blood pressure (for hypertensive people) and reduces risk of stroke;

11) One portion of the food provides 70% of copper requirements and 50% of daily vitamin B5 intake.

Quick and delicious recipe with Shiitake:
Shitake Carpaccio

Ingredients:
– 100g of fresh shiitake;
– Salt;
– Chili;
– Juice of two Sicilian lemons;
– juice of a lemon;
– 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil;
-12 minced black olives;
– 4 slices of loaf for the croutons;
– Chopped French Chives;
– 80g of Parmesan cheese.

Preparation :
Cut the shitakes into thin slices and put on a plate, season with salt and pepper to taste, put the juice of lemons and drizzle with olive oil. Finish with olives, croutons and chives. Grate Parmesan over the top.

Nutritional data of the Shiitake mushroom

As for the nutritional sphere, 100 grams of shiitake contain about:

  • 34 calories
  • 0.5 gr. fat
  • 6.8 gr. carbohydrates
  • 2.5 gr. dietary fiber
  • 2.4 gr. sugars
  • 2.2 gr. protein
  • 4 mg. niacin (19% recommended daily dose)
  • 1.5 mg pantothenic acid (15% recommended daily dose)
  • 0.2 mg vitamin B6 (15% recommended daily dose)
  • 0.2 mg riboflavin (13% recommended daily dose)
  • 18 international units of vitamin D (4% recommended daily dose)
  • 0.2 mg manganese (12% recommended daily dose)
  • 112 mg phosphorus (11% recommended daily dose)
  • 5.7 mg selenium (8% recommended daily dose)
  • 0.1 mg copper (7% recommended daily dose)
  • 1 mg zinc (7% recommended daily dose)
  • 304 mg potassium (6% recommended daily dose)
  • 20 mg magnesium (5% recommended daily dose)
  • 0.4 mg iron (2% recommended daily dose)

Contraindications and warnings:

Mushrooms contain a fair amount of purines, chemical compounds that break down into uric acid. A diet rich in purines could increase the levels of uric acid in the body and lead to gout (a metabolic disease   characterized by recurrent attacks of   acute inflammatory arthritis with pain, redness and swelling of the  joints , caused by the deposition of  uric acid crystals  in the presence of  hyperuricemia ) In the presence of symptoms indicative of gout, limit your intake and consult your doctor.

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