From autumn to spring – and in fact at any time. In times of sneezing, sniffling and similar afflictions, the functional shiitake mushroom can be your good friend. It’s not for nothing that the ancient Chinese and Japanese used the so-called "queen among mushrooms" for a boost in situations where the immune system was struggling with a big "dard" from the outside… Try it too. You will see!
Shiitake or edible mushroom (Lentinula edodes) is a medicinal mushroom native to Southeast Asia. It has earned the aforementioned nickname "the queen of mushrooms" or "the fragrant mushroom" for its premium delicious taste. It is particularly popular in Asian cuisine.
This woody, scaly, chorizoid fungus grows on the trunks of deciduous trees. Shiitake is most commonly cultivated and used for medicinal purposes in Japan, where its beneficial effects have been appreciated for several millennia.
What are the most important benefits of shiitake?
It contributes to the immunological defence of the body
Contributes to the regulation of blood pressure
What makes functional mushroom tinctures great?
They are versatile helpers during the recovery process
They are beneficial when energy and vitality need to be boosted
They help during challenging times
Strengthen the body overall
Beneficial substances contained in shiitake
The mushroom contains a whole host of important biologically active substances that make it very beneficial for immunity. It is rich in polysaccharides, especially beta-glucans, which are able to find just the place in the human immune system where cells need help to function properly. Thanks to its beta-glucan content, shiitake also has beneficial effects on blood cholesterol levels.
Shiitake contains many essential amino acids (in a much better ratio than milk, soybeans or meat), as well as vitamins, especially vitamin D2 and B vitamins.
As an adaptogen, this functional mushroom harmonises the body and helps to bring it back into balance in times of physical or mental overload.
Traditional uses of the "fragrant mushroom"
The Shiitake mushroom has been used literally as an elixir of life by physicians in the imperial courts of Japan and China since ancient times. It was administered to boost immunity and increase vitality in patients with common infections as well as to support more serious health conditions. It is not only in good faith, but also based on experience that this "queen among mushrooms" will help.
The shiitake mushroom has also been used by people dealing with blood pressure, blood sugar or cholesterol problems since time immemorial. Moreover, it is said that shiitake mushrooms are good for happy liver.
Where does our shiitake come from
This shiitake is grown on an outdoor farm in Karjalohja, Finland, using traditional Japanese, 1000-year-old techniques. The gentle process ensures the production of mushroom fruits of the highest possible quality. The process is such that the birch logs are inoculated in spring and the following year they are already colonised by shiitake. High-quality Japanese strains of this fungus are used for cultivation.
The important thing about KÄÄPÄ Mushrooms’ fungal tinctures is that they contain only the fruiting bodies, not the mycelium. By preserving the root network and processing only the above-ground part of the mushroom, it is ensured that the extract contains all the important compounds that may be missing in the roots. Although mycelium can be cultured under laboratory conditions and subsequently declared as mushrooms, some mushroom products obtained in this way tend to be poorer in active substances.
Unique extraction technology
KÄÄPÄ Mushrooms tinctures are processed using a revolutionary method of ultrasonic assisted extraction – UAE (Ultrasonic Assisted Extraction). This process is very clean and gentle, while increasing the yield of precious compounds from mushrooms many
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