Why is healthy and strong bacterial flora important?
The health of our intestine is fundamental for three reasons:
If toxins and impurities decrease, it is more difficult for them to cross the intestinal walls and enter the circulation. This beneficial action prevents a series of problems from occurring, such as leaky gut syndrome and other local and general pathologies.
Shiitake (Lentinus edodes), in this sense, is useful for strengthening the intestine, cleaning the skin of acne and strengthening the immune system.
Useful in case of flu, cold and respiratory tract diseases, this Medicinal Mushroom counteracts the formation of dental plaque because it prevents the bacteria responsible for its formation from colonizing the mouth; consequently it is useful in case of tartar, tooth decay, gingivitis and abscesses.
In 1500 China, in the Ming era, Shiitake was already a well-known mushroom, used both in cooking and in medicine. In fact, it was considered a delicious dish and a valid remedy for diseases of the intestine, respiratory tract, liver and bones.
This Medicinal Mushroom was also used as a panacea against the characteristic phenomena of old age and to increase energy.
Over the centuries it has been used to treat flu, fever, bronchitis, cough, allergies and tooth problems.
In 1878 the English botanist Miles Joseph Berkeley called this species "Lentinus", due to its similarity to the shape of a lens. The name of this Medicinal Mushroom actually derives from the Japanese terms “shii”, oak, and “take”, mushroom. Its literal meaning, therefore, is "mushroom that grows on oaks": it is easily found in the woods of these old trees at low temperatures.
It is also a mushroom appreciated in cooking and can be easily purchased in stores.
In Shiitake there are several active ingredients, in particular: