Mushrooms have long been lauded for their medicinal properties. In fact, some varieties of mushroom – including shiitake mushrooms –  have been used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years.

Shiitake Mushrooms Fight Cancer

A study published in the Journal of Complementary Medicine explored the anti-tumor activities of “mycochemicals” found in shiitake mushrooms.

Using two malignant human breast cancer cell lines and two myeloma cell lines, researchers found that the “mycochemicals” from shiitake mushroom caused apoptosis, or cell suicide, in 50% of the human tumors.

Maximizing The Power of Shiitakes

We’ve dug up some great dishes based on this fabulous fungus to help you get the cancer-fighting benefits of shiitake mushrooms.

  • Quinoa with Tempeh and Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Shiitake, Zucchini & Bell Pepper Stir Fry
  • Shiitake Mushroom & Rappini Stuffed Chicken Breasts