Holy Shiitake!

Holy Shiitake! | Blog by The REBEL Workout

Did you know that shiitake mushrooms have antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and immunity-boosting properties?!

That they are rich in selenium, iron, dietary fiber, protein, and Vitamin C?!

That they can be used to help control blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation?!

That they can help prevent CAVITIES?!

Neither did we.

Here are our fav 5 facts about this magic mushroom, and the impacts they have on your body.

1. Combats Obesity
Shiitake mushrooms contain b-glucan - a soluble dietary fiber. Studies have shown that b-glucan can increase satiety, reduce food intake, delay nutrition absorption and reduce fat levels. Essentially, consumption of shiitake mushrooms will make you feel full longer and keep your hunger pangs at bay.

2. Improved Gut Immunity
Shiitakes provide the body with important vitamins, minerals, and enzymes which help to boost the immune system, and provide a healthier gut environment.

3. Cardiovascular Health Support
Shiitake mushrooms contain sterol compounds which interfere with the liver’s production of cholesterol. But not only that, they contain phytonutrients that prevent plaque buildup along the blood vessel walls, which promotes improved circulation and helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure.

4. Source of Vitamin D
Obviously the best source of Vitamin D is directly from the sun, but during those winter months when it’s hard to get outside, shiitakes can be used as a Vitamin D supplement. Not only is Vitamin D essential for bone health and the absorption and metabolism of calcium, it is also used to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases. It has been shown to reduce the severity of asthma symptoms!

5. Improves Energy and Brain Function
Along with Vitamin D, shiitakes are also a great source of Vitamin B! Vitamin B is essential in converting food into fuel and promoting a healthy metabolism - so you’ll stay energized all day. This magic mushroom is capable of naturally balancing your hormones so you are able to maintain focus throughout the day.

BONUS FACT: The Chinese have used the shiitake mushroom for medicinal purposes for over 6,000 years and, as a result, the shiitake has become the Asian symbol for longevity!