Arbonne Ingredients Shiitake


Shiitake mushrooms are a nutrient-rich superfood with immune-boosting and heart health benefits. Used in culinary dishes and supplements, they provide antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Ideal for overall health, with a recommended intake of 1-2 grams per day for supplements.

What is Shiitake?

Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) is a type of edible mushroom native to East Asia. It is renowned for its rich, savory flavor and numerous health benefits. Shiitake mushrooms have been used in traditional medicine for centuries and are now popular worldwide both as a culinary ingredient and a dietary supplement.

Where is it Usually Found in Nature?

Shiitake mushrooms grow naturally on decaying hardwood trees, particularly oak, chestnut, and beech. They are commonly found in forested areas of Japan, China, and Korea. Today, shiitake mushrooms are widely cultivated on logs or sawdust blocks to meet global demand.

Benefits to Health and Body

  1. Immune Support: Shiitake mushrooms contain polysaccharides, such as lentinan, which can enhance the immune system's response and help fight infections.
  2. Heart Health: They are rich in compounds like eritadenine, which can lower cholesterol levels and improve cardiovascular health.
  3. Anti-inflammatory Properties: Shiitake mushrooms have anti-inflammatory effects, which can help reduce inflammation in the body and alleviate related conditions.
  4. Antioxidants: These mushrooms are a good source of antioxidants, which protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
  5. Skin Health: The vitamins and minerals in shiitake, including vitamin D, selenium, and zinc, contribute to healthy skin and may help reduce the signs of aging.

Examples of Use

  • Culinary: Shiitake mushrooms are used in a variety of dishes, including stir-fries, soups, stews, and sauces. Their umami flavor enhances the taste of both vegetarian and meat-based dishes.
  • Supplements: Shiitake extract or powder is used in dietary supplements to support immune function and overall health.
  • Traditional Medicine: In traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine, shiitake mushrooms are used to treat ailments such as colds, flu, and fatigue.

Suggested Daily Intake

For culinary use, shiitake mushrooms can be consumed as part of regular meals, with no specific dosage. When used as a supplement, typical doses range from 1 to 2 grams of shiitake extract or powder per day. It is always advisable to follow the manufacturer's instructions or consult with a healthcare provider for personalized recommendations.

You'll find Shiitake in the following Arbonne products