Have you heard the word Shiitake mushroom in the media lately? If you haven’t I’m sure you will sooner than later because shiitake mushrooms have been known as the “elixir of life” and are one of the most popular edible mushrooms in the world. They aren’t just known for that but have an array of health benefits that are beginning to be known worldwide. So what are those health benefits you say, let’s dig in.
These plants are unique because they contain 8 essential amino acids as well as fatty acids called linoleic acid. Linoleic acid can be an aid in losing weight and building muscle. Shiitake mushrooms also contain b-glucan, which is a special fiber also contained in oats or rye that can help to reduce your appetite and help you to feel full and satisfied after eating a meal, it can also result in lower fat accumulation.
Why You Should Consume Shiitake Mushrooms
Is one of your 2019 goals to have increased energy, mental clarity and to be able to keep up with the highs and lows of life’s challenges? Shiitake mushrooms to the rescue then!
Shiitake mushrooms contain a lot of B vitamins which help to boost your energy so that you have good sustained energy and focus. They can also improve your brain fog, and help to balance your hormones better and help improve cognitive performance.
In addition to weight loss and increased energy shiitake mushrooms are also good for..
- Promotes healthy skin
- Good source of vitamin D
- Contains antimicrobial properties
- Destroys cancer cells
- Supports immune function
And so much more! Now, you might be wondering how these mushrooms are consumed? Do you eat them raw, cooked or dried? The answer is all of the above. They have a sort of meaty texture and woodsy flavor but you are good to eat them any way you prefer. Throw them into salads or tacos. They work well in rice or stir fry’s, soups, omelets. There are a variety of ways you can use these mushrooms, be creative. When at the grocery store look for mushrooms that are plump and big, not slimy or wrinkled. Rinse them thoroughly when you get home and they can be stored in the fridge for about 1 week.