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SHIITAKE MUSHROOM

Other Names:

Champignon Noir, Champignon Parfumé, Champignon Shiitake, Champignons Shiitake, Forest Mushroom, Hongos Shiitake, Hua Gu, Lenticus edodes, Lentin, Lentin des Chênes, Lentin du Chêne, Lentinan edodes, Lentinula, Lentinula edodes, Lentinus edodes,...
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SHIITAKE MUSHROOM Overview
SHIITAKE MUSHROOM Uses
SHIITAKE MUSHROOM Side Effects
SHIITAKE MUSHROOM Interactions
SHIITAKE MUSHROOM Dosing
SHIITAKE MUSHROOM Overview Information

Shiitake mushroom is a fungus. An extract made from this mushroom is used as medicine.

Shiitake mushroom is used for boosting the immune system, lowering blood cholesterol levels, treating prostate cancer, and as an anti-aging agent.

Shiitake mushroom is also eaten as food.

How does it work?

Shiitake mushroom contains chemicals that might help lower cholesterol levels. It also contains very small amounts of a chemical that seems to keep tumors from getting bigger.

SHIITAKE MUSHROOM Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Possibly Ineffective for:

  • Prostate cancer. Shiitake mushroom extract does not seem to keep prostate cancer from advancing, at least according to a laboratory test that measures prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. PSA levels can be used to measure the progress of prostate cancer.

Insufficient Evidence for:

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of shiitake mushroom for these uses.


SHIITAKE MUSHROOM Side Effects & Safety

Shiitake mushroom is safe when consumed in food amounts, but it seems unsafe for use as a medicine. It can cause stomach discomfort, blood abnormalities, and skin swelling (inflammation). It might also cause an increased sensitivity to the sun, allergic skin reactions, and breathing problems.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the safety of using shiitake mushroom in greater than food amounts during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

A blood disorder called eosinophilia: Don’t use shiitake mushroom if you have this condition. It might make eosinophilia worse.

SHIITAKE MUSHROOM Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for SHIITAKE MUSHROOM Interactions

SHIITAKE MUSHROOM Dosing

The appropriate dose of shiitake mushroom depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for shiitake mushroom. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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