SHITAKI MUSHROOMS – TO STRENGTHEN IMMUNITY –
Use Shitaki mushrooms – to strengthen immunity –
Since ancient times shitake has been highly valued as both food and medicine. Wu Ri, a famous physician from the Chinese Ming dynasty, wrote extensively about this mushroom, noting its ability to increase energy, cure colds and eliminate worms. Traditional Chinese physicians knew the power of the dark, meaty, capped, forest mushroom to activate the “qi” or “life force” and promote longevity.
Dried shitaki contains 25 percent protein, and all eight essential amino acids are present in a ratio similar to the “ideal” protein for human nutrition. Shitake is rich in leucine and lysine, which are deficient in many grains. It has high levels of glutamic acid, which is considered to be “brain food” due to its ability to stimulate neurotransmitter activity as well as its ability to transport potassium to the brain. It is rich in B-12, (not available in vegetables, only synthesized by bacteria and fungi), riboflavin, niacin, copper, selenium, zinc, dietary fiber and enzymes. Also, contains ergosterol, which converts to vitamin D. Shiitake mushrooms contain an active compound called lentinan, a polysaccharide that has been shown to strengthen immune-system response.
Shitaki Mushroom Tea
Soak 1-2 shitaki mushrooms in water for 10-12 minutes boil in 2 cups of water for 20 minutes, and drink ½ a cup at a time.