They help in reducing cholesterol, act as antioxidant, anti-free radicals, prevent infective and degenerative diseases and are useful in case of sexual dysfunction.
Shitake mushrooms take their name from the word shili (oak) and take (mushroom), since they live on oak logs. They come from the Far East, and are common in Chine and Japanese diet. They are rich in vegetal proteins, iron, fibres, minerals and vitamins, yet poor in calories. They contain vitamin B1, B2, B6. B12 and D2 together with high contents of riboflavin and niacin. Eritadenine, extracted from shitake, is an amino acid able to reduce the levels of cholesterol present in the blood, preventing the hardening of the arteries and therefore arterial hypertension as well. They contain chitin as well, which in turn helps reducing cholesterol, too.
Superoxide dismutase in one of the enzyme of Shitake and has the power of reducing the peroxidation of lipids, contributing thus preventing degenerative coronary diseases. They also contain lentinia, a sugar that stimulates lymphocytes and kills cellulite. They do play an important role in free radical prevention, with a preventive anti-cancer action at an intestine, hepatic, stomach and lungs level, together with infections tout court. Besides, it contains an interferon inductor, ergosterol, a vegetal steroid which is converted to vitamin D when exposed to UV rays, used in mushrooms drying process, and an interferon (interferon 9) which helps contrasting viral forms; antioxidants (vitamin A, C, E) and selenium, help stimulating interferon-production with antiviral effects and acting as protector against degenerative diseases.
The presence of linoleic acid in shitake mushrooms is converted by our body in different kinds of prostaglandin. It was first isolated in seminal fluid, believing it was secreted by the prostatic gland; we now know, it is actually produced by different organs. It is used for men, in order to facilitate erection, through intramuscular injections. 75% of the fats we find in shitake are linoleic acid; lentinia stimulated the production of T-lymphocytes, which in turn stimulate prostaglandin production.
Yet, glutamine is the amino acid shitake mushrooms are richer in; it is essential for muscles, in case of traumas or after chirurgic operations. Arginine is another amino acid we find in these mushrooms, together with glycine, serine, methionine and cysteine. They are rich in zinc as well, which is indispensable for masculine sexual activity. As all this was not enough, they contain other 50 enzymes, among which lipase, cellulose, and digestive enzymes such as pepsin, trypsin and asparagine.
•Gives vigour and preserve vitality
•Helps digestive processes
•Has anti-viral features
•Rises immune defences
•Helps in reducing cholesterol, arterial pressure, blood viscosity
•Prevents thrombotic problems, embolus formation
•Potentiation of fell atz effect in aids antiviral treatment
•Improves blood circulation resulting useful for sexual impotence
•Stimulates endorphin production