Shiitake mushrooms are so popular in Japan that the Japanese derive most of their protein supply from this herb. And in China and other counties situated in the Pacific region, shiitake mushrooms are an important diet that is delicious, nutritious, relishing as well as a wholesome health food. While shiitake can be easily used as an alternate for meat, the mushroom has enough characteristics to be served as the main dish during any meal.
Scientific studies have proved that shiitake mushrooms have anti-fungal, anti-tumor as well as anti-viral properties. Shiitake is also a very useful herb as it forms the base of several plant extracts like lentinan. It may be noted that chemically lentinan sugars are coil shaped much similar to the twists of DNA and this is considered to be the source of lentinan’s curative features. Derivatives or extracts from shiitake are soluble in water and cannot be trashed by external agents like heat, alkalis or even acids.
Shiitake mushrooms produce interferon and this is considered to be the reason behind its ant-viral results. It also has beneficial on blood vessels as scientific studies have proved that shiitake is able to reduce the intensity of blood cholesterols by a maximum of 45%. In fact, even when high cholesterol food is consumed along with shiitake, it has shown spectacular consequences. For instance, two studies on humans have shown that the blood cholesterol level dropped by 6% – 15% when the subjects consumed 9 grams of shiitake daily. The effect is the same when 10 dehydrated average sized mushrooms are consumed daily.
In 1966 scientists Kaneda and Tokuda first described and wrote on the fact that shiitake can speed up the metabolic system as well as cholesterol emission from the body. While the Donko variety of shiitake resulted to 45% cholesterol reduction in blood vessels, the Koshin range of the mushroom leads to at least 36% reduction of cholesterol. This is possible owing to the presence of an amino acid called eritadenine in shiitake. Eritadenine, which depicts very low poisonous qualities with maximum benefits when consumed orally, is a useful substance as it reduces the lipid constituents of serum lipoproteins in humans as well as animals. So far, scientists have blended as well as examined at least 124 off-shoots of eritadenine and consequently a number of patents of food and medicinal products containing shiitake hypocholesterolemic have been granted. What has actually attracted the common people, who are alert about healthy living, is that they can reduce plasma lipids by consuming simple foods and drinks. Laboratory tests on animals have shown that shiitake mushrooms also have the ability to lessen high blood pressure effectively.
Japan has approved lentinan, a very refined part of polysaccharide taken out from shiitake mushrooms, as an official drug in that country. Normally, polysaccharide is traditionally administered through injection to cancer and AIDS patients with a view to lengthen their survival. Researches have found the extract to be equally beneficial in treating cancer as well as AIDS and hence are available commercially for medical use. The mushroom extracts have become an important prescribed medicine for treating cancer especially in Japan. Scientists say that apart from being a beneficial remedy for cancer treatment, lentinan also helps is averting any damage to the chromosomes that may be initiated by anti-cancer drugs. Lentinan is not known to have serious side affects and tests conducted by Japanese researchers on mice before subjecting them to radiation has shown that it has given absolute shield from the white blood cell count diminishing. However, scientists in the West are still not sure about these results and do not recommend making immuno-potentiators accessible patients undergoing radioactive remedy.
Although there is documentary evidence showing patients that were administered radiation or chemotherapy along with herbal immuno-potentiators where found to have no or negligent side-affects, the Western scientists are yet to accept the findings of their counterparts elsewhere in the world, particularly in Japan. In fact, the noncytotoxic characteristics of polysaccharides provided a unique method whereby it is possible to destroy the unwanted cells with causing slightest harm to the host. The main role of lentinan is that the herbal extract can heal patients by reinstating their homeostasis and by increasing the patients’ inherent confrontation power against diseases. It is important to note that as a staple diet, shiitake possess all the eight necessary amino acids in more quantities than they are found in meat, milk, soy beans, eggs and even a combination of vitamins A, B, B12, C, D and B3 (niacin) as well as minerals. Interestingly, shitakes also generate a fat sop up amalgam that helps in reducing obesity or body weight. And most importantly, it is delightful to eat, too.
Provita Nutrition Shiitake Contains:
- Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinula edodes) 4: 1 extract…………250 mg
- Equivalent to 1000 mg of dried whole mushroom
Non Medicinal Ingredients
- microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, gelatin
Shiitake Does not Contain:
- Dairy, egg, gluten, soy, wheat, corn, yeast, nuts, artificial sweeteners, colours or flavours.
Provita Nutrition Shiitake Dosage:
- Adults: Take 1 capsule 1-3 times per day or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.
Provita Nutrition Shiitake Cautions:
- Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you develop rash, abdominal cramping, loose stools, mouth ulcers or fever, discontinue use and consult a health care practitioner.
- Hypersensitivity/allergy has been known to occur; in which case, discontinue use.
- Do not use if seal is broken.
- Keep sealed, store in a cool, dry place and at 15 – 25 deg. Celsius.
- Keep out of reach of children.