Anti-Viral and Immunity Properties
Shiitakes have natural antiviral and immunity-boosting properties and are used nutritionally to fight viruses, lower cholesterol and regulate blood pressure.
Lentinan, an immunostimulant derived from shiitakes, has been used to treat cancer, AIDS, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibrocystic breast disease, and other conditions with impressive results.
Shiitake mushrooms have long been used in Japan to shrink tumors. It is the lentinan in the large, meaty black mushrooms that makes them effective. Technically, lentinan is a polysaccharide, or complex sugar. Polysaccharides are large molecules similar in structure to bacteria. When you eat shiitake mushrooms, your immune system starts amassing an army of infection-fighting cells. In essence, they fool the immune system into kicking into action.
Researcher also found that a raw shiitake eaten daily for one week lowered serum cholesterol by 12-percent.
The basis of the mushroom's impressive health properties are complex carbohydrates called polysaccharides that build the immune system.
Shiitake mushrooms have no toxic effects on humans, and are clinically safe.
Ancient Mushroom History
Thousands of years ago, Egyptian Pharaohs declared mushrooms sacred and reserved them for their own godly use. They were also called "the food of the gods" by Romans--and even today psylocype species of the mushroom are sacred to some Indians in Mexico, South America, and the North America southwest, where they are used to induce religious trances and hallucinations. Carlos Casteneda's The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yacqui Way of Knowledge recounts his experiences with this sacred mushroom, administered to him by the Shaman Don Juan.
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