Benefits of Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms have long been revered in Japan for their cancer fighting properties.  They contain a complex sugar called lentinan.  When you eat shiitake mushrooms your immune system goes in overdrive creating infection-fighting cells.  Research has discovered that when people with tumors are fed a dried mushroom powder containing lentinan, they can inhibit tumor growth by 70 percent.  In addition, these powerful properties are now being studied for the fight against HIV. [1]

Add these dark meaty mushrooms to your meals!  They make a great addition to soups, stews and vegetable dishes.

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