Shiitake (also called shiitake) is an edible mushroom native to East Asia. In addition, they also grow wild in Vietnam, China, Japan, and South Korea. In the United States, farmers often grow the fungus on farms.
Shiitake is like a tiny umbrella, 5 – 10 cm in diameter, light brown, when ripe, turns dark brown. Fungi grow on trees with big leaves and change leaves according to seasons such as chestnut, oak, and maple. On average, mushrooms can parasitize every log from 3-7 years. You can buy fresh or dried varieties at markets, supermarkets, and functional food stores.
Shiitakes contain phytonutrients that have the potential to help keep cells from sticking to blood vessel walls and form plaque, maintain blood pressure and improve circulation. Shiitake mushrooms are good for heart health thanks to the following compounds that help lower cholesterol levels :
Eritadenine: compound that helps inhibit enzymes involved in the production of cholesterol
Sterol: a molecule that helps prevent the intestine from absorbing cholesterol
Beta-glucan: a type of fiber that lowers cholesterol levels
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