Shiitake mushroom powder is reported to have a smooth savory or meaty flavor and has many culinary uses. Due to its nutrient density, shiitake mushroom powder is also considered to be a “superfood,” which is why SANE added it to the more than 35 other superfood powders in Garden in my Glass.
What Is Shiitake Mushroom Powder?
Shiitake mushroom powder is made by grinding the mushroom -- a type of fungi that naturally grows on decaying trees in Asia -- into a fine powder. This preserves most of the nutrients of the whole mushroom while giving you the versatility and convenience of powder.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Shiitake Mushroom Powder?
There are many health benefits of Shiitake mushroom powder. Just four dried Shiitake mushrooms (approximately 15 grams) contain: 1
- Calories: 44.4
- Carbs: 11.3 g
- Fiber: 1.7 g
- Protein: 1.4 g
- Fiber: 1.7 g
- Fat: 0.1 g
- Niacin: 2.1 mg
- Folate: 24.5 mcg
- Choline: 30.3 mg
- Calcium: 1.7 mg
- Copper: 0.8 mg
- Magnesium: 19.8 mg
- Phosphorous: 44.1 mg
- Potassium: 230 mg
According to WebMD, Shiitake mushrooms have “one of the highest amounts of natural copper, a mineral that supports healthy blood vessels, bones, and immune support”. This is tremendously important for overall health. 2
Specific health benefits of Shiitake mushroom powder include:
- Improved heart health. There are two ways Shiitake mushrooms may support heart health. The first is that they contain a compound called eritadenine known to increase the excretion of cholesterol, thereby lowering serum cholesterol levels. The second is that they also contain beta-glucans, sugars found in cell walls that have been found in clinical research studies to have an antiinflammatory effect on the body. (Experts believe that inflammation of the blood vessels may be an underlying cause of heart disease and stroke.) 3, 4
- Strengthened immune system: Shiitake mushrooms are a rich source of Lentinan, a polysaccharide and Beta-glucan, which appears to stimulate the activity of certain immune cells in clinical research trials. (Beta-glucans have also been shown to support the immune system.) This may help defend against infections and other illnesses. 5
- Defense against cancer. Research shows that Shiitake mushrooms contain polysaccharides that may defend against cancer. One way it may accomplish this is by activating the immune system to fight tumor formation. 6, 7
How Do You Use Shiitake Mushroom Powder?
Shiitake mushroom powder is typically used to add flavor to foods. It pairs well with meats, poultry, and fish. Sprinkle it on meats like salt before cooking. It not only provides a savory flavor, but it also creates an amazing crust when searing a steak.
A more flexible nutritious way to use Shiitake mushroom powder is to drink it in a flavorful smoothie along with 30+ other powdered superfruits. No, you don’t have to go out and purchase all these additional powders separately. Choose the easy way to convenient nutrition with Garden in my Glass, a proprietary blend of Shiitake mushroom and over 35 fruit and vegetable powders. Click here to learn more about Garden in my Glass and to place your order!
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2- WebMD Reference. Shiitake Mushrooms: Health Benefits, Nutrition, and Uses. Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on Sep 19, 2020. WebMD. Accessed Jan 27, 2021. https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-shiitake-mushrooms#1
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4- Du B, Lin C, Bian Z, Xu B. An insight into anti-inflammatory effects of fungal beta-glucans,
Trends in Food Science & Technology, Volume 41, Issue 1, 2015, Pages 49-59, ISSN 0924-2244. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tifs.2014.09.002.
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7- Creative Tips & Techniques to Make you a Better Cook. Shiitake Mushroom Powder. Accessed Jan 27, 2021. https://cre8ov.com/2014/09/shiitake-mushroom-powder/