Shiitake Mushrooms vs. Other Mushrooms

How does the shiitake stack up with other mushrooms? Let’s take a quick snapshot.

 

  • Shiitake: Fights cancer cells and infectious disease, boosts the immune system, promotes brain function, and serves as a source of B vitamins.
  • Maitake: Improves the health of AIDS patients and regulates blood sugar levels of diabetics. May reduce hypertension and boosts the immune system.
  • Reishi: Fights inflammation, liver disease, fatigue, tumor growth and cancer. Improves skin disorders and soothes digestive problems, stomach ulcers and leaky gut syndrome.
  • Cordyceps: Has anti-aging effects and boosts immune function. Improves stamina and athletic performance, acts as a natural aphrodisiac, fights diabetes and improves liver function.

 

Shiitake Mushrooms Nutrition Facts 

The shiitake is part of the Lentinula edodes species. It’s an edible mushroom native to East Asia. Because of its health benefits, it has been considered a medicinal mushroom in traditional herbal medicine, mentioned in books written thousands of years ago.

Shiitakes have a meaty texture and woodsy flavor, making them the perfect addition to soups, salads, meat dishes and stir fries.

As far as nutrition goes, 100 grams of shiitake mushrooms contains about (10):

  • 34 calories
  • 0.5 gram fat
  • 6.8 grams carbohydrates
  • 2.5 grams dietary fiber
  • 2.4 grams sugar
  • 2.2 grams protein
  • 4 milligrams niacin (19 percent DV)
  • 1.5 milligrams pantothenic acid (15 percent DV)
  • 0.2 milligrams vitamin B6 (15 percent DV)
  • 0.2 milligrams riboflavin (13 percent DV)
  • 18 international units vitamin D (4 percent DV)
  • 0.2 milligrams manganese (12 percent DV)
  • 112 milligrams phosphorus (11 percent DV)
  • 5.7 micrograms selenium (8 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams copper (7 percent DV)
  • 1 milligram zinc (7 percent DV)
  • 304 milligrams potassium (6 percent DV)
  • 20 milligrams magnesium (5 percent DV)
  • 0.4 milligrams iron (2 percent DV)

 

Source: https://draxe.com/shiitake-mushrooms/