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- Grows on wood Substrates
- Grows really well on BRF Sawdust cakes with the PF Tek
- Easy and Fun to Grow
- The only downside is that it's a slow colonizer :)
Shiitake Mushroom Medicinal Health Benefits
The shiitake mushroom is prized around the world for its medicinal properties. It is one of the most popular sources of protein in China, Japan, and the rest of Asia. Its popularity is not due to its ample protein but its delicious flavour and other medicinal attributes.
Shiitake mushrooms have a strong antiviral effect which is believed to be caused by the number of interferons inherent in the mushroom. Interferons are natural proteins that are typically created in vertebrates which create them as a reaction to viruses, bacteria, cancerous cells, and parasites. They help to inhibit the replication of these pathogens and therefore the existence of them in shiitake mushrooms boosts the immune system of the consumer.
It has also been discovered that the consumption of shiitake mushrooms lowers blood cholesterol levels by up to 40-45%. The results were most apparent in the studies when Shiitakes were simultaneously consumed with high cholesterol foods. Because it contains no cholesterol itself but is an excellent substitute for cholesterol heavy meats, it is the perfect choice for someone who needs to cut back on their red meat intake.
Japan has developed an extract from Shiitakes known as Lentinan. The extract is used with patients undergoing traditional cancer therapy. In fact, in Japan mushroom extracts have become the leading prescription treatment for cancer. Lentinan may also prevent chromosomal damage induced by anti-cancer drugs. There are no known serious side effects yet in the west, we have yet to make immunopotentiators such Lentinan available to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
As a food source, Shiitake contains all eight of the essential amino acids in a better ratio than meat, milk, eggs, or soybeans. Not to mention they contain an excellent combination of vitamins and mineral including A, B, B12, C, and D. In addition, Shiitake produces a fat-absorbing compound which is perfect for those wanting to lose weight. It's no wonder why the shiitake is also known as the "miracle mushroom".