Shiitake mushrooms have been used medicinally for more than 6,000 years and is a symbol of longevity in Asia due to their health-promoting properties. Having no roots, leaves, blossoms, or seeds, shiitake mushrooms fall into a special category: fungus. Famous for their rich texture and smoky flavor, they're the second most commonly cultivated edible mushrooms, readily available on market shelves worldwide.
Oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants. A free radical is an oxygen containing molecule that has one or more unpaired electrons, making it highly reactive with other molecules. Free radicals in the body causes more oxidative stress, leading to many pathophysiological conditions.
So how can I slow down oxidation? By consuming foods containing antioxidants. Shiitake mushrooms are a good source of key antioxidant minerals including manganese, selenium, zinc as well as “master antioxidant” ergothioneine. This antioxidant concentrates in parts of our body where there’s lots of oxidative stress—the lens of our eye and the liver, as well as sensitive areas such as bone marrow and seminal fluid.
Another reason why Dr Laubscher included this special nutrient-rich ingredient in THE SUPER ELIXIR Alkalising Greens.
Other health benefits of shiitake mushrooms
Shiitake mushrooms provide B-complex vitamins that benefit your metabolism by helping your body convert food into energy. B vitamins also help your body make red blood cellss.
A serving of raw shiitakes provides about one-twentieth of the magnesium and potassium you need each day, as well as 10 percent of your recommended daily intake for phosphorus.
Fibre & protein
Shiitake mushrooms provide 2 grams of dietary fibre, helping to keep you feeling full and satisfied, and nearly 2 grams of protein.
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Additional Sources: News Medical.