Shiitake mushroom

Scientific names: Lentinula edodes

Other common names: shiitake mushroom, oakwood mushroom


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WHAT IS Shiitake mushroom USED FOR?

Lentinula edodes (Berk) Pegler, commonly known as Shiitake mushroom has been used as medicinal food in Asian countries, especially in China and Japan and is believed to possess strong immunomodulatory property. (1)

Similar to other edible and nutritious mushrooms, L. edodes is rich in protein, carbohydrates and fiber, and a good source of several vitamins including B1, B2, B12, C, D, and E. It also contains Fe, Mn, Ca, K, Zn, and Cd. The demand for shiitake has grown over the years due to the increasing interest of people for food with nutraceutical benefits. Several reports showed the antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of L. edodes extracts. Lenthionine, a compound isolated from shiitake, exhibited inhibitory effects against E. coli, S. aureus, and Bacillus subtilis. (2)

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The principle chemical constituents consist of:

Polysaccharides – Heteroglycans, polyuronide, β-glucan, lentinan

Parts Used

fruiting body, mycelium

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Important Precautions

Not for use during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs please consult your doctor prior to use.


This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.