Reishi Mushroom Extract
(Ganoderma lucidum)

What It Is

There’s a reason mushrooms are referred to as magic, but not for the psychedelic reasons one may think. Reishi, a medicinal mushroom, is a naturally powerful age defense.

Why we love it

Reishi mushroom extract contain a high content of polysaccharides, responsible for the skin’s natural ability to hydrate and retain water, and which are also imperative for skin repair and renewal. The reishi mushroom extract offers more skin benefits such as reducing skin inflammation, puffiness, wrinkles and free radical damage, while also promoting cell regeneration.




Boosts cell turnover

Line smoothing

Fast Facts

A staple in traditional Chinese medicine, reishi, which translates to “spiritual potency,” is known as the herb of immortality.

In Japan, reishi mushroom extract is officially listed as a cancer treatment. Worldwide, they’re also widely used in AIDS medications.

Reishi grow on hardwoods and are very rare to find in the wild. Most are cultivated commercially.

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Mushrooms used to occupy an unsexy space in the national psyche: mostly thought of as subject of a vegetarian option on a lacklustre restaurant menu, or vilified as something that could quite happily kill you, should you brush past the wrong species while hunting around for blackberries. Hype around funghi? Nonexistent.

And then, 2018 happened. Specific species of ‘shrooms, such as reishi, cordyceps and
chaga – used, medicinally, in Eastern health systems such as Indian Ayurveda for centuries – worked their way into Western wellness.

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There were mushroom tonics and lattes on the menu at Hackney hipster coffee shops, boasting earthy, umami undertones alongside added health benefits, powders to add to your morning smoothie and supplements, to take in capsule form.

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In 2019, the trend is going no where. The global mushroom industry is forecast to, erm, mushroom to a $50 billion market in the next six years, according to a report from Grand View Research.

Skincare is a particular boom area. US wellness brand Moon Juice have released Beauty Shroom: a line of skincare that uses adaptogens (herbs and mushrooms said to help the body to deal with stress) to boost moisturisation. Their Plumping Jelly Serum, for example, contains silver ear mushroom, traditionally used in Asian skincare.

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Another US brand, Youth To The People, have come out with an Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream, containing reishi mushroom, while Origins launched a ‘Mega-Mushroom’ line of products, in a joint project with Dr Andrew Weil.

“The use of mushroom-based products in skincare isn’t entirely new, and dermatologists have been using mushroom-derived kojic acid for many years in topical products and in medical grade chemical peels for skin brightening and removing pigmentation,” says Dr Anjali Mahto, a consultant dermatologist and author of The Skincare Bible (Penguin, £14.99).

“Dermatologists have been using mushroom-derived kojic acid for years”

What does she credit the mass market spike to? “There here has been a renewed interest in ‘natural’ products in skincare. People are turning to plant-based ingredients and this is probably why we are seeing a rise in mushroom related products on the market.”

So, why are brands bringing our lines devoted to traditionally medicinal forms of the fungus? “Mushrooms contain skin-boosting properties. They’re rich in antioxidants and Vitamin D, which work to protect the skin against environmental stresses, discolouration and fine lines,” says dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden, founder of Goldfaden MD. “Additionally, mushrooms contain potent anti-inflammatory properties that can help to improve the appearance of acne, redness and even eczema.”

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“Mushrooms contain skin-boosting properties: they’re rich in antioxidants and Vitamin D”

As to any benefits around youthful-looking skin? Dr Goldfaden adds that mushrooms are loaded with Vitamin B3, which is “a superior anti-aging ingredient and may help with the enhancement of collagen.”

How to choose a mushroom-based skincare product

But this is not to say that any product containing the ingredient is a good use of your cash. If you do want to see results, you need to look behind marketing claims and into the ingredients that comprise whatever the latest wonder potion is. “If the product has an ample amount of mushroom, it will be listed within the first part of the ingredient list,” says Dr. Goldfaden.

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“But really, the most important thing to know is what your skin can tolerate. When choosing a product it is important steer clear of harmful ‘filler’ ingredients such as petrochemicals, alcohol and artificial dyes/fragrances. Just because a product has 35% mushroom doesn’t mean it’s good for your skin.”

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So, how to get dosed up on the information you need to make smart choices? “Read labels and ingredient lists and do your research. Mushroom products are very popular in sheet mask form now, but these need to be used frequently to see results,” he adds.

“It’s important to steer clear of harmful ‘filler’ ingredients such as petrochemicals and alcohol”

What sort of skin is most likely to benefit?

As ever, it’s important to make sure that you buy skincare that’s formulated with your specific skin type and needs in mind. “All skin types should benefit from ingredients with antioxidant properties, however mushroom-based products are generally marketed for dry, ageing, inflamed, impaired skin,” says aesthetic doctor Dr David Jack.

So, is mushroom-y skincare worth it?

When it comes to medicinal mushroom-based skincare, it’s important to keep a level head and not to immediately believe everything that the back of a nicely designed box is telling you. “There are very few robust clinical trials showing the benefits of chaga, resihi and cordyceps in skincare,” Dr Mahto explains.

“These agents are claimed to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and ‘healing properties’ in alternative medicine spheres – not just for skin but also for a number of other organ systems. These types of mushrooms contain beta-glucans, which are deemed to provide ‘skin benefits.’ “

“There are very few robust clinical trials showing the benefits of chaga, resihi and cordyceps in skincare”

She recommends that you stay cautious, with regards to such claims. “Many of the small studies which exist on beta glucans have been carried on animal models, so findings can’t necessarily be extrapolated to humans,” she says – noting that often research in this space is carried out on behalf of the company making the product.

Her TL,DR thought? “We need to watch this space and ideally need more reliable, reproducible data on beta-glucans and their role in the immune system and effects on skin before we should get too excited. They may well prove to be of benefit – but it is still a bit too early to tell.”

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When it comes to percentages – i.e. how much mushroom a product should ideally contain in order for any benefits to truly be delivered – it’s tricky. “Many mushroom supplement and powder brands claim 500mg is optimum for change and improvement, but this figure is subjective and unsubstantiated,” says Dr Jack.

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“Most brands don’t specify which fungus or derivative refers to, how long this takes to make a difference, and what difference we are actually looking for.” If you are set to make a purchase, he advises asking the company how much of the active ingredient is in the product and how much of said active ingredient is thought to work. (Side note: the first ingredient in the list is the one with the greatest volume in the product and the last has the least.)

Right. So, where are we with our fungus-based friends? In short: do your homework, read labels and make inquiries before you buy. Think about your specific skincare needs and check that the product in question is designed to meet them. And don’t assume that, because it’s in vogue, means that it’s the most effective thing out there.

Having said that, it looks like there are plenty of potentially cool things about medicinal mushrooms when it comes to the beauty world. But, as with all purchases, keep your cynicism kindled, before you hand over your card details.

Claudia Canavan As digital Beauty and Health Editor, with an MA in Magazine Journalism, Claudia is a devotee of natural, organic and cruelty-free skincare and of nurturing a banging mind-body connection.

When we shared our LED light therapy devices with the world, it was because we were tired of skin care products’ sweet nothings. Especially when it came to anti-aging regimens. No matter how closely we stuck to the protocol, little to no improvement was made in the wrinkle reduction department.

You’d think we swore off all anti-aging creams and lotions at this point, but a mushroom (yes, a mushroom) made us stop and say, “come again?”

Over 2,000 years ago, the Reishi mushroom claimed its popularity in traditional Chinese medicine as it provided solutions for cardiac strength, better memory, enhancing energy levels, and anti-aging effects. Reishi mushroom extract is also believed to help clam redness in sensitive skin.

This medicinal macrofungus contains about 400 different bioactive compounds all of which make up the beauty of Reishi’s magical powers to make your skin look youthful. Reishi is made up of polysaccharides, the molecule responsible for the skin’s ability to hydrate and retain water. Aka youthful, plump-looking skin.

Dr. Andrew Weil, a celebrity doctor, incorporates Reishi mushroom extract into skin care products. “…Reishi mushrooms maximize the skin’s defenses against aging,” Dr. Weil noted in his blog.

How does it work?

When applied topically, Reishi mushroom may have the ability to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin, providing nourishment and healing. Because it is thought to reach deeper layers of the skin, Reishi may be hydrating your skin all while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Stated in this study, “Free radicals believed to be a major contributory factor to aging.” The findings concluded Reishi mushroom extract is proven to protect against aging.

Can you use Reishi with light therapy?

Before adding new skin care products to your routine, we recommend speaking with your dermatologist. We have not recorded any mushroom interaction with light therapy. We feel it is best to use Reishi mushroom extract after light therapy uses until further documentation is noted.

This powerful fungus may shake up your anti-aging efforts for the better. Are you ready to give Reishi mushroom extract a try? Let us know in the comments what you think about adding mushrooms to your skin care routine.

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Understanding Anti-Aging Benefits of Mushrooms

There are nearly 150,000 different known species of mushrooms in the world. Some of the most popular are shiitake, reishi, maitaki, enoki, oyster, lion’s mane, hericium erinaceous, coriolus versicolor, cordyceps, cloud, chager, cremini, astragalus, agarikon and agaricus.

All mushrooms contain antioxidants as well as compounds that
have anti-inflammatory properties. All of them contain polysaccharides, those long-chain molecules composed of sugar units, which seem to be responsible for their action as immunopotentiators. Many ancient civilizations used mushrooms for more than just food. They believed mushrooms had significant healing powers.
Mushrooms are fungi, and they do not belong to the plant or animal kingdom. Whereas plants reproduce with seeds, mushrooms rely on spores. These fungi break down dead organic material and continue the cycle of nutrients through the ecosystem.
Anti-Aging Properties
Topical applications of a variety of mushrooms, such as shiitake, maitake and tremella are used widely for their skin beautifying qualities. They contain antioxidants as well as compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties, which help treat many skin problems caused by inflammation and excessive free radical activity. Several mushroom varieties contain kojic acid, which is renowned as a skin lightener. Kojic acid is useful as a natural alternative to dangerous, and often toxic, chemical skin lighteners, such as hydroquinone which has recently been linked to skin cancer.

Shiitake mushrooms contain the antioxidant L-ergothioneine, which helps prevent cell breakdown and helps exfoliate the skin. Shiitake mushrooms, as a rich source of kojic acid, are used to brighten the skin, and fade sunspots and acne scars. Shiitake’s anti-inflammatory properties help improve vitality and also encourage faster skin renewal and increase skin elasticity. Hence, this variety is often found in skin care products particularly those with anti-aging benefits. Reishi mushrooms have superior antioxidant characteristics, making them applicable in a broad range of products to treat pathological aging.
Health Benefits
Many health food stores carry capsules, liquid extracts and dried varieties of mushrooms, which are promoted for their overall immune-boosting benefits. They enhance the immune system, are anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Maitake variety contains beta-glucans, which has a wide range of immune-stimulating and protective effects within the body. Mushrooms have numerous and diverse health benefits including: treating cancer, fighting infections, treating diabetes, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and helping prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Dermatological Use
Dietary substances known to be good for the complexion are sometimes better applied topically rather than ingesting them because, “you can get higher concentrations in the skin this way,” observed Dr. David McDaniel, director for the Institute of Anti-aging Research and an assistant professor of clinical dermatology and plastic surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Other experts specifically acknowledge the benefits of these fungi.
“Mushrooms are packed with compounds such as proteins, lipids and phenol and are rich in vitamins and amino acids,” noted Dr. Leslie Baumann, director of the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute. “There is even greater evidence that some species have strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and tumor-inhibiting activity when applied topically, but their effectiveness is not based on the ingredient alone. Extracts must be specially formulated so that they get into skin.”
Dr. Andrew Weil contends that mushrooms straddle the line between food and medicine and can combat the effects of aging, including specters such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. Think of penicillin, Weil says, which is derived from mold, which is a lower fungi. Mushrooms are higher fungi, with immune-enhancing and anti-inflammatory effects.
In addition, at the recent Annual American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) meeting in March 2013, world renowned mycologist Dr. Paul Stamets said that mushrooms and fungi are the key to creating necessary biodiversity, by producing a lot of interesting compounds that are medically significant.
Commercial Use
Cosmetic chemists are taking note of the mushroom’s anti-aging benefits. Popular mushrooms are found in everything from anti-aging serums to daily moisturizers. The extracts are often cited as potent antioxidants.
The researchers at Aveeno, a Johnson & Johnson brand that is known for harnessing the powers of innovative, active natural technologies, created a natural shiitake complex that is featured in the Aveeno Positively Ageless range of products. According to J&J researchers, these formulations have been shown to enhance the youthful appearance of skin.
Weil has developed a mushroom-based skin care regimen for Origins that claims to reduce skin’s inflammatory response and calm redness. According to Origins’ studies, there is a dramatic improvement to dull, ashy skin and facial redness including rosacea. More than 80% of those using mushroom-infused products felt soothed and calmed.
Long valued in the nutritional medicines of China, Korea and Japan, mushrooms are now attracting more interest from researchers and clinicians in the West. Mushroom-based products support the natural defenses of the skin and improve its appearance by keeping it healthier. Many scientists believe the beta-glucan content of mushrooms offers anti-aging skin care-related benefits. There is a lot of enthusiasm for developing mushroom-based skin products, but more basic research is still needed.
Navin M. Geria
Senior Technical Advisor and Principal Doctors Skin Prescription
E-mail: [email protected]
Navin Geria, ex-Pfizer Research Fellow, is senior technical advisor and principal of the dermatological research company, Doctors Skin Prescription (DSP), Boston, founded by dermatologist David J. Goldberg M.D.J.D. and plastic surgeon William P. Adams M.D.F.A.C.S. Geria has more than 30 years of experience in the personal care industry and was previously with Clairol, Warner-Lambert, Schick, Bristol-Myers and most recently SpaDermaceuticals. He has earned nearly 20 US patents, has been published extensively and has been both a speaker and a moderator at cosmetic industry events.

Ingredient Spotlight: Shiitake Mushroom

May 28, 2019

Ingredient Spotlight:

Mushroom lover or not, you’re going to want to add mushrooms into your life after reading this article, specifically Shiitake mushrooms! Pronounced ‘She-takki,’ these small mushrooms pack a powerful nutrient punch!

Don’t worry, we won’t make you add them as a pizza topping if you really aren’t a fan, but you’ll be able to reap the skin-loving benefits without them having to come anywhere near your mouth!

Shiitake mushrooms have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and are a symbol of youth and longevity. They are revered for their incredible health benefits, but when used externally on the skin also provide phenomenal skin benefits.

What are Shiitake mushrooms?

Many people overlook these rather bland fungi and, instead, go after the foods known to be high in antioxidants from blueberries to chia seeds, but it may surprise you that the humble mushroom is absolutely bursting in nutrients that rival the best superfoods any day!

Shiitake mushrooms have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and are a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, manganese, zinc, and selenium. As like other members of the mushroom family, Shiitake is also an excellent source of vitamin D, fiber and phytonutrients.

How can they benefit my skin?

Shiitake mushrooms are such a popular choice in many skin care formulations today due to their rich concentrations of Kojic acid. Kojic acid is a natural hydroquinone substitute and will help to brighten the skin, fade dark spots, and lighten areas of hyperpigmentation. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of hydroquinone but without the potentially irritating side-effects.

Anti-inflammatory properties help to protect against and soothe inflammatory conditions such as acne and eczema. Selenium and vitamin D work together to protect the skin against environmental aggressors that may contribute to flare-ups.

Antioxidant benefits also make shiitake an anti-aging dream and may help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time.

Regular use of this mighty mushroom on your skin will result in more youthful, radiant skin with a beautiful, even texture.

Where can I find it?

Find shiitake mushroom extract in our Rose Glow Brilliance Protection Soufflé along with another very special and powerful mushroom called Lingzhi.

Like Shiitake, Lingzhi has fantastic anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, but while shiitake is known for its brightening properties, Lingzhi is especially well-known for its ability to soothe inflamed, red skin and may even decrease the risk of allergic reaction in individuals with sensitive skin.

Together, these powerful mushroom extracts provide your skin with everything it needs to look and feel its best!

Now that you’ve learned a little bit about how amazing these little fungi are for your skin, maybe you will not hesitate to add them to your next pizza order as well!


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For hundreds of years, shiitake mushrooms have been a popular food source in Asia. They’re the second most popular and the third most widely cultivated edible mushroom in the world.

Today, shiitakes can be found in most grocery stores because of their meaty and versatile flavor, but did you know that they’re packed with B vitamins and have the power to fight cancer cells, cardiovascular disease and infections? That’s just a few of shiitake mushroom nutrition benefits.

Why are these small fungi so powerful? It’s because shiitake mushrooms have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. They also help to control blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation within the body. That’s right — all of these health benefits come from eating a mushroom. And there are a ton of easy ways to incorporate shiitake mushrooms into your diet.

8 Shiitake Mushroom Benefits

Shiitake mushrooms contain many chemical compounds that protect your DNA from oxidative damage, which is partly why they’re so beneficial. Lentinan, for example, heals chromosome damage caused by anticancer treatments. Eritadenine substances help reduce cholesterol levels and support cardiovascular health. Researchers at Shizuoka University in Japan found that eritadenine supplementation significantly decreased plasma cholesterol concentration. (1)

Shiitakes are also unique for a plant because they contain all eight essential amino acids, along with a type of essential fatty acid called linoleic acid. Linoleic acid helps with weight loss and building muscle. It also has bone-building benefits, improves digestion, and reduces food allergies and sensitivities.

Shiitakes also …

1. Fight Obesity

Certain components of the shiitake mushroom have hypolipidaemic (fat-reducing) effects, such as eritadenine and b-glucan, a soluble dietary fiber that’s also found in barley, rye and oats. Studies have reported that b-glucan can increase satiety, reduce food intake, delay nutrition absorption and reduce plasma lipid (fat) levels.

A 2011 study published in the Journal of Obesity examined the effects of shiitake mushrooms on plasma lipid profiles, fat dispositions, energy efficiency and body fat index. Rats were fed a high-fat diet for a six-week period. Researchers found significant effects of dietary intervention on body weight gain. Rats on a high dose of shiitake mushroom diet (which involved adding mushroom powder to a high-fat diet) had 35 percent lower body weight gains than rats on low and medium shiitake mushroom diets. Rats on the high dose shiitake mushroom diet also had significantly lower total fat masses and had a trend of lower fat accumulation.

The researchers concluded by suggesting that shiitake mushrooms can help prevent body weight gain, fat deposition and plasma triacylglycerol when added to a high-fat diet. This encourages an effort to pursue human studies that examine the efficacy of shiitake mushrooms for the prevention and treatment of obesity and related metabolic disorders. (2)

2. Support Immune Function

Mushrooms have the ability to boost the immune system and combat many diseases by way of providing important vitamins, minerals and enzymes. A 2015 study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition evaluated 52 healthy males and females, aged 21–41 years, to determine if shiitake mushrooms could improve human immune function. The study involved a four-week parallel group trial that involved participants consuming either five or 10 grams of mushrooms daily.

The results suggest that consuming mushrooms improved cell effector function and improved gut immunity. There was also a reduction of inflammation due to mushroom consumption. (3)

3. Destroy Cancer Cells

Research suggests that shiitake mushrooms help fight cancer cells and the lentinan in shiitakes help heal chromosome damage caused by anticancer treatments. This suggests shiitakes could be used as a potential natural cancer treatment.

A 2006 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine investigated the potential roles of an ethyl acetate fraction from shiitake mushrooms. The study involved two human breast carcinoma cell lines, one human nonmalignant breast epithelial cell line and two myeloma cell lines. The results suggest that shiitake mushrooms were able to inhibit growth in tumor cells with their mycochemical value. Shiitake mushroom successfully inducted apoptosis, the process of programmed cell death. (4)

4. Support Cardiovascular Health

Shiitake mushrooms have sterol compounds that interfere with the production of cholesterol in the liver. They also contain potent phytonutrients that help keep cells from sticking to blood vessel walls and forming plaque buildup, which maintains healthy blood pressure and improves circulation.

A study conducted at Tohoku University in Japan found that shiitake mushrooms prevented blood pressure increase in hypertensive rats. Shiitake feeding resulted in a decrease in VLDL and HDL cholesterol, whereas maitake mushroom feeding caused a decrease in VLDL cholesterol only. (5)

5. Contain Antimicrobial Properties

A 2011 study at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London tested shiitake’s antimicrobial effects on gingivitis, a preventable disease that involves inflammation of the gums due to the buildup of a microbial biofilm at the gingival margin. The effectiveness of shiitake mushrooms was compared to that of the active component in the leading gingivitis mouthwash, containing chlorhexidine.

The total bacterial numbers as well as the numbers of eight key organisms in the oral community were investigated after treatment. The results indicated that shiitake mushroom extract lowered the numbers of some pathogenic organisms without affecting the organisms associated with health, unlike chlorhexidine, which had a limited effect on all organisms. (6)

6. Boost Energy and Brain Function

Shiitake mushrooms are a great source of B vitamins, which help support adrenal function and turn nutrients from food into useable energy. They also help balance hormones naturally and break through the brain fog to maintain focus all day long — even improving cognitive performance.

Millions of Americans come up short on one or more of the B vitamins, and that causes energy slumps, unhealthy blood cell and adrenal effects, and foggy thinking. Adding shiitake mushrooms to your diet can give you the extra boost of B vitamins that you need to avoid a deficiency. (7)

7. Provide Vitamin D

Although vitamin D is best obtained from the sun, shiitake mushrooms can also provide a decent source of this essential vitamin. Vitamin D is important for bone health as well as reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and some types of cancer. It’s vital for the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus, too.

Getting ample supply of vitamin D also helps regulate and support the immune system, maintain healthy body weight, maintain brain function as you age, reduce the severity of asthma symptoms, reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women, and reduce the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Mushrooms, as well as wild-caught salmon, raw dairy and eggs, are the best vitamin D-rich foods. (8)

8. Promote Skin Health

When selenium is taken with vitamins A and E, it can help reduce the severity of acne and the scarring that can occur afterward. A hundred grams of shiitake mushrooms contain 5.7 milligrams of selenium, which is 8 percent of your daily value. That means shiitake mushrooms act as a natural acne treatment.

In an open trial, 29 patients were given 0.2 milligram of selenium and 10 milligrams of tocopheryl succinate for their acne twice daily for six to 12 weeks. After treatment, the patients noticed positive results. The zinc in shiitake mushrooms also promotes immune function and reduces buildup of DHT to improve skin healing. (9)

Shiitake Mushrooms vs. Other Mushrooms

How does the shiitake stack up with other mushrooms? Let’s take a quick snapshot.

  • Shiitake: Fights cancer cells and infectious disease, boosts the immune system, promotes brain function, and serves as a source of B vitamins.
  • Maitake: Improves the health of AIDS patients and regulates blood sugar levels of diabetics. May reduce hypertension and boosts the immune system.
  • Reishi: Fights inflammation, liver disease, fatigue, tumor growth and cancer. Improves skin disorders and soothes digestive problems, stomach ulcers and leaky gut syndrome.
  • Cordyceps: Has anti-aging effects and boosts immune function. Improves stamina and athletic performance, acts as a natural aphrodisiac, fights diabetes and improves liver function.

Shiitake Mushrooms Nutrition Facts

The shiitake is part of the Lentinula edodes species. It’s an edible mushroom native to East Asia. Because of its health benefits, it has been considered a medicinal mushroom in traditional herbal medicine, mentioned in books written thousands of years ago.

Shiitakes have a meaty texture and woodsy flavor, making them the perfect addition to soups, salads, meat dishes and stir fries.

As far as nutrition goes, 100 grams of shiitake mushrooms contains about (10):

  • 34 calories
  • 0.5 gram fat
  • 6.8 grams carbohydrates
  • 2.5 grams dietary fiber
  • 2.4 grams sugar
  • 2.2 grams protein
  • 4 milligrams niacin (19 percent DV)
  • 1.5 milligrams pantothenic acid (15 percent DV)
  • 0.2 milligrams vitamin B6 (15 percent DV)
  • 0.2 milligrams riboflavin (13 percent DV)
  • 18 international units vitamin D (4 percent DV)
  • 0.2 milligrams manganese (12 percent DV)
  • 112 milligrams phosphorus (11 percent DV)
  • 5.7 micrograms selenium (8 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams copper (7 percent DV)
  • 1 milligram zinc (7 percent DV)
  • 304 milligrams potassium (6 percent DV)
  • 20 milligrams magnesium (5 percent DV)
  • 0.4 milligrams iron (2 percent DV)

Preparing Shiitake Mushrooms + Shiitake Mushroom Recipe Ideas

The shiitake is a versatile food that can be incorporated into a variety of dishes. You can buy these mushrooms raw, cooked or dried. Because they’re becoming more popular due to their nutritional value, you can find shiitake mushrooms at most grocery stores.

When buying your shiitakes, look for mushrooms that are firm and plump. Avoid mushrooms that look slimy or wrinkled, those aren’t fresh. Storing fresh mushrooms in the refrigerator in a closed bag or container with a lid keeps them fresh for about a week. If you use dried mushrooms, keep them in a sealed bag and store them in the refrigerator or freezer, where they can stay fresh for up to year.

When preparing shiitake mushrooms, you want to cut off the stems because they’re too woody to eat, but you don’t have to throw them out. Add the stems to a veggie stock to soak up all of those nutrients.

Make sure to rinse the mushrooms thoroughly. They can be placed in a bowl of hot water for about 10 minutes to eliminate any residue and then rinsed. Now you’re ready to add them to your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Add them to an omelette with veggies; try this delicious Veggie Omelet Recipe. You can even add avocado to the top for some healthy fats.
  • Create a brown rice or quinoa bowl with shiitake mushrooms, garlic, grated lemon zest and extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Add them to miso soup for an extra kick of nutrients.
  • Use shiitake mushrooms in this Green Bean Casserole Recipe.
  • Prepare lettuce or collard green wraps with a mixture of organic ground turkey, shiitake mushrooms and chestnuts.
  • Make a hearty spinach and shiitake mushroom quiche.
  • Create a flavorful sauce with marsala wine, shiitakes and ghee — try this Chicken Marsala Recipe.
  • Make a delicious soup by combining peeled shrimp, shiitake mushrooms, fresh ginger, cilantro, lime juice, chicken stock and coconut milk.
  • Use shiitakes in this healthy Mushroom Soup Recipe.
  • Create a stir fry with shiitake mushrooms, lots of veggies, and your favorite source of protein, like shrimp, chicken or beef.
  • Or try this Miso Soup Recipe with Mushrooms.

Potential Side Effects of Shiitake Mushrooms

Mushrooms contain a moderate amount of purines, a chemical compound that’s broken down into uric acid. A diet rich in purines may raise uric acid levels in the body, which sometimes leads to gout. If you experience the symptoms of gout, limiting your purine intake may be helpful.

Shiitake Mushrooms Takeaways

  • Shiitakes are one of the most popular cultivated varieties of specialty mushrooms.
  • Shiitake mushrooms are high in B vitamins, and they serve as a food source of vitamin D.
  • Some shiitake health benefits include its ability to aid weight loss, support cardiovascular health, fight cancer cells, improve energy levels and brain function, reduce inflammation, and support the immune system.
  • Shiitake mushrooms have a woodsy flavor and meaty texture; they can be purchased dried, cooked or raw.
  • Add shiitakes to soups, salads, meat dishes, stir fries and omelettes.

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If you ever played the popular video game, Mario Brothers as a kid, you know about Mario’s quest for mushrooms. They would give him superpowers to continue on his journey.

In real life, mushrooms are a kind of superfood too. With regular consumption, we too can reap the benefits of mushrooms like Mario.

Mushrooms are increasingly becoming popular due to their versatility and powerful health benefits. They pack a nutritious punch. You have to be cautious with mushrooms and only buy from reputed shops as some mushrooms are toxic in nature such as Amanita muscaria. The other names of mushrooms are ‘Khumbi’ in Hindi, ‘Puttagodugulu’ in Telugu, ‘Kaalan’ in Tamil, ‘Koon’ in Malayalam, ‘Nayikode’ in Kannada, ‘Khumb’ in Marathi, ‘Banger Chataa’ in Bengali.

Why Eat Mushrooms?

  • Edible mushrooms are a good source of fiber and unsaturated fatty acids but low in calories.
  • They are rich in nutrients such as Vitamin B and minerals like selenium, copper, and potassium.

The most common type of mushroom is the cultivated white button mushroom which is widely used as an ingredient in a range of dishes as well as sauces. They also have medicinal properties and have been used in China, Korea and Japan in the treatment of disorders such as allergies, arthritis, and bronchitis as well as cancers of the stomach, esophagus, and lungs.

Skin Benefits Of Mushrooms

This might appear strange but eating mushrooms can be beneficial for your skin. Mushrooms are rich in Vitamin D, selenium, and antioxidants that protect your skin. Mushrooms are now active ingredients in topical creams, serums, and facial preparations as their extracts are considered as potent antioxidants and natural moisturizers. Some of the mushroom benefits for skin are given below:

1. Hydrates Skin:

Hyaluronic acid is considered as the body’s internal moisturizer as it plumps up and firms your skin. It reduces age-related wrinkles and fine lines. Mushroom contains a polysaccharide that is equally beneficial in hydrating and providing a plumping effect to your skin. Skin feels smooth and supple.

2. Treats Acne:

Mushrooms are high in Vitamin D. This has healing properties when topically applied to acne lesions. Thus, mushroom extracts are often used in skin care products meant for treating acne.

3. Natural Skin Lightener:

Some mushrooms contain kojic acid which is a natural skin lightener. This acid inhibits melanin production on the surface of the skin. This lightens the new skin cells formed after the dead ones are exfoliated. It is a great alternative to toxic chemical lighteners like hydroquinone that carry the risk of causing skin cancer.

4. Anti-Aging Benefits:

Mushrooms possess anti-ageing properties. Kojic acid is often used in creams, lotions, and serums as a remedy for signs of aging such as liver spots, age spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone caused by photodamage. Mushrooms enhance the natural defenses of the skin and improve its appearance by making it healthy.

5. Treats Skin Conditions:

Skin problems are mostly caused by inflammation and excessive free radical activity. Mushrooms contain antioxidants as well as compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties. Topical use of these natural compounds promotes healing and fights inflammation. Mushroom extracts are often used in skin products for treating skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and acne.

Hair Benefits Of Mushrooms

Just like the rest of the body, healthy hair too requires the delivery of vital nutrients to the hair follicles. Deficiency of these nutrients, as well as external factors like harsh chemical treatments, unhealthy lifestyle, and prolonged illness, can cause hair problems. Mushrooms are a good source of Vitamin D, antioxidants and minerals like selenium and copper

6. Combats Hair Loss:

Anemia is one of the most common causes of hair loss. Anaemia is caused due to the deficiency of iron in the blood. Mushrooms are a good source of iron, can combat hair loss. Iron is a vital mineral as it is involved in the formation of red blood cells, thus strengthening your hair.

7. Benefits From Copper:

Mushroom contains copper which is beneficial for your hair as it facilitates the absorption of iron from food. It is involved in the production of melanin, a pigment that imparts color to your hair. Mushrooms also contain high levels of iron. Copper and iron work together promoting healthy and strong hair.

8. High in Selenium:

Mushroom contains large quantities of selenium that is vital for healthy hair. This nutrient is a powerful antioxidant which rids the body of free radicals and strengthens the immune system. Selenium is mostly found in animal proteins and therefore, mushroom can be a good alternative for vegetarians to obtain this vital trace element. Selenium aids in hair growth as well as prevents dandruff.

Selenium compounds can kill a fungus called Malassezia which is present on the scalp and is responsible for shedding dry skin fragments. Selenium in combination with zinc is effective in preventing hair loss.

Health Benefits Of Mushroom

9. Burns Cholesterol:

As mushrooms are full of proteins, fibers, enzymes, and low carbohydrates with zero cholesterol and fats, they can keep you safe from cholesterol by burning it after digestion.

10. Prevents Breast And Prostate Cancers:

Mushrooms include beta-glucans and conjugated linoleic acid with anti-carcinogens. These help in preventing breast cancer and prostate cancer. Linoleic acid helps in suppressing estrogen in women after menopause to prevent breast cancer while Beta-Glucans helps in preventing prostate cancer. Selenium helps the most in suppressing these cancerous cells.

11. Perfect Diet For Diabetics:

Mushrooms contain no fat, low carbohydrates, high proteins, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and fibers. Thus, it is an ideal diet for diabetics. The natural enzymes in it help in breaking down the sugars and starch. They also improve the functioning of the endocrinal glands. Moreover, the natural antibiotics in mushrooms help the diabetic people from easily prone infections.

12. Helps Build Immunity:

The combination of vitamins A, B, and C in mushrooms help build good immune system. The strong antibiotics present in them helps to fight against infections. The antioxidant, Ergothioneine protects from free radicals.

13. Aids in Weight Loss:

Everyone knows that to lose fat and cholesterol, you need to burn that extra fat which is ideally used to digest the proteins in your body. While dieting, it is always recommended to take high protein; low carbohydrates and no fat diet which is offered by mushrooms.

14. Vitamin D:

Mushroom is the only vegetable which contains vitamin D. It contains calcium, iron, potassium, copper, and selenium.

15. Vitamin B1:

Mushrooms are also a good source of Vitamin B1, which is also known as Thiamin. Thiamin is responsible for controlling the release of energy from carbohydrates. This is required for the normal functioning of our nervous system and brain.

16. Vitamin B2:

Mushrooms are enriched with Riboflavin or vitamin B2. This vitamin promotes good vision and eye health. Not only this, but it also maintains healthy red blood cells, which strengthens our immune system. Vitamin B2 present in mushroom is also responsible for healthy skin.

17. Vitamin B3:

Niacin or Vitamin B3 is another important B-vitamin that is found in mushrooms. It helps in controlling the release of energy from carbohydrate, fat, and protein. This tends to keep our body’s nervous system and digestive system in good shape.

18. Vitamin B5:

Vitamin B5, also known as Pantothenic Acid, is naturally found in mushrooms. It is a very important vitamin that is essential for various metabolic roles in our body. Pantothenic Acid also provides assistance in producing hormones in our body.

19. Vitamin B6:

Vitamin B6 is also found in mushrooms. It helps in boosting your mood. Vitamin B6 regulates our body’s internal clock that is very important for normal brain function and development. This vitamin is also responsible for alleviating mood swings and depression.

20. Vitamin B9:

Mushrooms are very rich in vitamin B9, which is commonly known as Folate. Vitamin B9 helps in the formation of white blood cells and red blood cells in bone marrow. Folate is also very essential for healthy growth of the body. Even pregnant women are advised to consume Folate, which helps in the proper growth of the fetus.

21. Vitamin H:

Vitamin H or Biotin is also a B-vitamin type that is found in mushrooms. It is essential in the metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins. It strengthens our inner health by increasing immunity.

Different Types Of Mushrooms And Their Benefits

You might be wondering if there are different types of mushrooms. Yes, there are around 14,000 types of mushrooms around the globe. Each type of mushroom has its benefits. Let’s find out more about them.

a. White Mushrooms

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Buttons and Portobellos belong to this category which is also the most common type of mushrooms we eat. The special carbohydrates present in these mushrooms help to maintain sugar levels in the blood. These mushrooms help in losing weight and fight against prostate cancer.

The fungus also contains a good dose of Vitamins C, D and B. As you know, the deficiency of Vitamin D can result in osteoporosis. Consumption of button mushrooms can help you overcome that.

Button mushroom being a fungus is also known for its benefits. Here are some of the button mushroom health benefits:

1. Prevents Atherosclerosis

Today, heart disease has become the leading cause of death across the world. You do not have to be diagnosed with heart disease if you make button mushrooms a part of your diet. One of the main risks of heart disease is atherosclerosis, which is thickening of the arterial walls due to the accumulation of plaque.

2. Averts Risk Of Plaque Formation

Consumption of button mushrooms prevents plaque formation and also helps to reduce inflammation of the cells in the arteries. As a result, this fungus has the ability to prevent heart disease.

3. Boosts Functioning Of T-Cells

When pathogens or cancer cells invade your body, your immune system becomes active. Special cells target the pathogen and cancer cells, preventing disease and illness. Consuming button mushrooms gives your immune system a boost as the polysaccharides in the mushroom increase the activity of those special cells.

4. Fights Cancer

Aromatase is a type of enzyme that can cause certain types of cancer. Eating button mushrooms can help suppress this enzyme, protecting you from cancer.

5. Antioxidant Properties

Basically, button mushroom is a potent antioxidant. Its antioxidant properties help to fight cancer cells in the body.

6. Prevents And Fights Prostate Cancer

If you are a man diagnosed with prostate cancer, you shall definitely benefit from eating button mushrooms regularly. These mushrooms can decrease the size of the tumor and also prevent it from multiplying and spreading. Those who do not have prostate cancer can also be benefited from it as it reduces the risk of this disease.

7. Averts Risk Of Breast Cancer

It is a known fact that high levels of estrogen in the body can lead to breast cancer. You can make your estrogen levels normal by consuming button mushrooms. The mushrooms suppress the activity of testosterone and aroma taste. This, in turn, can help reduce the risk of breast cancer.

b. Shiitake Mushrooms

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These contain good flavor and are also meaty. Lentinan present in these mushrooms is a natural antitumor compound and thus, help to fight against cancer. They have vitamin D in great quantity and fights against infections.

c. Reishi

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This is a large white and brown wooden mushroom with anti-cancer, antioxidants, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. They help in lowering cholesterol and lowers high BP.

d. Maitake Mushrooms

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Maitake mushroom is quite popular and has been prized for more than thousand years in Asia. These mushrooms are widely known for the health benefits they offer. “Maitake” is a Japanese word, which means “dancing mushroom”—that’s the reaction you’ll have when you eat these delicious and nutritious form of fungi!This mushroom contains a lot of nutritional value, including fiber. There is no saturated fat and cholesterol in this mushroom. It is also enriched with iron and protein. These mushrooms are worth their weight in silver!

Some of the main benefits of maitake mushrooms are listed below:

1. Controls Blood Sugar

Consumption of these mushrooms can regulate blood sugar and the blood lipid levels in the body.

2. Reduces Blood Pressure Level

High BP is a common malady today—common, yet dangerous. Maitake helps in lowering the blood pressure level in the body, protecting the individual from various cardiovascular diseases.

3. Prevents Cancer

These mushrooms have anticarcinogenic properties and are enriched in polysaccharide-protein and polysaccharides complexes, which are usually used by the human body to strengthen the immune system. These mushrooms help in activating the blood cells to fight cancer-causing microorganisms.

4. Lowers Cholesterol Level

According to studies, it has been found that the consumption of maitake mushrooms helps in reducing cholesterol level in the human body.

5. Helps To Lose Weight

Maitake mushrooms can help in the reduction of weight. When it is consumed along with regular exercise, it helps to lose weight.

e. Oysters


The presence of anti-oxidants in high quantity in these mushrooms help fight against HIV.

f. Chanterelle

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These mushrooms contain vitamin C, D, potassium, antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial properties.

g. Porcini

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It contains Ergosterol which attacks the enemy cells known as cytotoxicity. Thus, these mushrooms help in anti-inflammation.

h. Shinji

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The stem of Shimeji is long, and the cap is tiny. Since they contain beta-glucans, they help fight against cancer cells. They help in diabetes, asthma, allergies by building immunity.

i. Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga Mushrooms are full of antioxidants. They stimulate the immune system, and reduce inflammation, stomach diseases and worms that grow within the intestines. These mushrooms have the ability to fight various types of cancer, such as breast, liver and uterus cancer. People looking for relief from symptoms of HIV/AIDS can make use of this amazing mushroom. Chaga mushrooms are usually consumed with tea.

j. Cordyceps Mushroom

The cordyceps mushroom is a special type of medicinal mushroom that can help you strengthen the body as well as the mind. These mushrooms help the body fight cancer and boost your immune system too. Often, cordyceps mushrooms are used to increase endurance and treat lymphoma. Most doctors and experts suggest that these medicinal mushrooms are enough to reduce the symptoms of asthma, respiratory disorders, and bronchitis. They can be powdered and added to tea or even included in healthy dishes and soups.

k. Trametes Versicolor

Another kind of mushroom which has been used to treat cancer is Trametes versicolor. Often called Turkey Tail mushroom, it grows all over North America. It is known for fighting and eliminating cancer permanently.

l. Rooting Cauliflower Mushrooms

Diabetics with poor circulation are known to benefit from these mushrooms. The studies conducted on rats suggest that these mushrooms possess potent wound-healing properties. Human testing is yet to be done to ascertain its benefits on mankind. Be careful while picking up this variant from your grocery store as there are poisonous varieties too.

How To Select And Store Mushrooms


Selection of mushrooms is of prime importance to ensure their freshness and viability. You can either purchase the mushrooms from a local store or supermarket. Avoid picking up wild mushrooms.

For Purchasing Mushrooms

  • Select the ones that are firm with a smooth, fresh appearance.They should have a slightly shiny surface and uniform color.
  • Their surfaces should be plump and dry but not dried out.
  • To determine their freshness, ensure that there are no signs of mold, sliminess or shriveling due to dehydration.
  • Fresh mushrooms have a bright, unblemished color whereas older mushrooms tend to shrivel and have a grayer tinge.


  • Once you have got the mushrooms, it is important to store them properly to retain their freshness and firmness.
  • Mushrooms bought in packaged form should be kept in their original package or porous paper bags for a longer shelf life.
  • Mushrooms will last for a week when they are stored in a brown paper bag on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.
  • Fresh mushrooms should never be frozen, but sautéed mushrooms can be frozen for up to one month.
  • Mushrooms should not be stored in a crisper drawer as it is too moist.
  • They should be kept away from other foods with strong flavors or odors as they will absorb them.
  • Mushrooms should be frozen or dried if you intend to store them for more than a week.

Tips For Usage (Cooking/Eating)

  • Mushrooms are quite versatile and can be eaten raw or cooked depending upon the variety.
  • Before preparing mushrooms, they should be wiped with a damp paper towel to prevent water-logging.
  • Mushrooms should never be washed as they can absorb water and become saturated.
  • For cooking – trim the base of the stem which joins the individual mushroom and the cluster.
  • This area is chewy in texture, and the choice of cooking technique depends on the variety of the mushroom.
  • Generally, delicate mushrooms take lesser time to cook. Cooking softens their texture, but overcooking should be avoided as they can make a mushroom wilted and mushy.

Given below are some tips for enjoying these nutty vegetables:

  • Different varieties of mushrooms can be used in different dishes. The small mushrooms are suitable for soups and stews as they will hold together while the soup or stew is cooking.
  • Mushrooms can be great when combined with eggs. You can try making mushroom and garlic scrambled eggs, mushroom frittata or even a mushroom omelet.
  • Mushrooms can also be grilled. They can be wrapped in an aluminum foil along with some butter and placed on a grill for 10 minutes or till they are cooked. These are great when combined with grilled steak. You can also add some small pieces of onion in the aluminum foil along with the mushrooms.
  • Dried mushrooms can be reconstituted by covering them with a warm liquid such as broth, wine, etc. and allowed to sit for at least 30 minutes. After this, drain and rinse them with a warm paper towel. The liquid that has been used to reconstitute dried mushrooms can be added to soups, stews and stocks to impart flavor.
  • Button mushrooms can be marinated by mixing them with your favorite vinaigrette and refrigerated for two days.
  • You can make mushroom powder by grinding dried mushrooms in a spice or coffee grinder, food processor or heavy duty blender. This powder can be used to flavor soups, stews, stocks, dips, and sauces.
  • Mushrooms can be used as fillings in sandwiches, tortillas, and other lunch bread, making them more substantial and tasty. You can try making a mushroom portobello sandwich or marinated grilled portabellas.
  • Mushrooms are commonly used as part of pizza toppings. While preparing pizzas, you can make them the main ingredient along with cheese and other vegetables.
  • Due to their nutty taste, mushrooms can add flavor to soups and salads as well as absorb the flavor of the dish in which they are being put. If you are planning to eat mushrooms alone, you can season them with fennel seeds or tarragon.
  • Mushrooms have a distinct flavor that can be enhanced by cooking them in some butter or olive oil before combining them with other ingredients. They can be sautéed in butter or olive oil and added to the dish that is being made.
  • When frying mushrooms, ensure that you use moderately high heat so that the water they release, gets evaporated. This can prevent them from stewing their own juices, making them limp and less palatable.

How To Prepare Mushroom Tea

Mushroom tea takes a few minutes to prepare. And it tastes absolutely remarkable. You are surely going to enjoy the recipe. Follow the guidelines to maximize the results.


  • Dry edible mushrooms
  • Coffee grinder or blender
  • 3 cups of water
  • Tea bags
  • Ice cubes (if you want iced tea)


  1. Take a cup full of edible mushrooms and grind properly in a blender for a minute.
  1. Now bring half a cup of water to boil over a low flame.
  1. Remove from heat after a minute.
  1. Add tea bags now.
  1. The powder you just made using the blender should be added next.
  1. If you want some fruity flavors, add fruit powder or pulp of your favorite fruit.
  1. Mix well.
  1. Add ice cubes.
  1. Pour into three glasses.
  1. Your iced mushroom tea is ready to be served.

Easy and Delicious Mushroom Recipes

Mushrooms do not harm your blood glucose levels even if they don’t lower them. Wondering how can diabetics eat mushrooms or how they can actually include them in your diet. Here are a few recipes you could try to reap the goodness of mushrooms:

1. Low-Calorie Mushroom Soup

Spice up your meal with an added dose of fiber and nutrients with this easy-to-make mushroom soup.

  • Mushrooms – 3 cups, thickly sliced
  • Onions – ½ cup, finely chopped
  • Garlic – 3 pods, crushed
  • Corn flour – 1 tsp
  • Skim milk – 1 cup
  • Oil – 1.5 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Black pepper powder – to taste
  • Coriander – 1 tsp, finely chopped
  • Water – 3 cups, warm
  1. Add oil to a non-stick pan and heat it on medium flame.
  1. Add garlic and sauté until golden brown.
  1. Add onions and sauté until transparent. You can sprinkle a little water to prevent the onions from burning off.
  1. Add mushrooms and sauté for about 5 minutes.

  1. Dissolve corn flour in milk and add it to the mushrooms.
  1. Increase the heat to maximum, bring the contents to a boil, lower the heat, and allow it to simmer until the mushrooms are well cooked.
  1. Keep stirring, intermittently, to avoid them from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  1. Remove from heat and allow it to come to room temperature.
  1. Add to a blender, puree to a smooth mixture.
  1. Transfer to a large bowl, add warm water and mix well.
  1. Simmer for 4 minutes.
  1. Adjust seasoning.
  1. Spoon into soup bowls and serve garnished with coriander leaves.

2. Chilled Mushroom Salad

Beat the summer heat by indulging in this guilt-free summer salad recipe.

  • Fresh small mushrooms – 1 cup, halved
  • Onions – ¼ cup, thinly sliced
  • Cucumber – ¼ cup, cut into thin wedges


1. Lemon juice – 2 tbsp
2. Olive oil – 1 tbsp
3. Low-fat non-sour yogurt – 2 tbsp
4. Italian seasoning – 3 tsp or to taste
5. Black pepper powder – ½ tsp
6. Salt – to taste


Fresh parsley – 2 tsp

  1. In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients of dressing and allow this to chill for about 4 hours.
  1. Wash the mushrooms thoroughly and chill for 4 hours.
  1. Take out the chilled mushrooms and toss it with onions and cucumbers.
  1. Pour the dressing over the salad mixture and toss for even coating.
  1. Transfer to a freezer bowl and refrigerate until served.
  1. Serve in chilled serving plates garnished with parsley.
  1. If you do not like raw mushrooms, sauté them until soft and then follow the same procedure.
  2. You can even grill them with very little oil, salt, and pepper and follow the same procedure.

3. Sautéed Mushroom With Red Bell Peppers And Penne Pasta

This makes a wholesome main course choice. Or, you can even serve as a salad with your crispy chicken main course.

  • White button mushrooms – ¼ cup, washed, sliced
  • Whole wheat penne pasta – ½ cup, cooked al dente
  • Onions – ¼ cup, thinly sliced
  • Garlic – 6 pods, finely minced
  • Red bell peppers – 1, deseeded, thinly sliced
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • White pepper powder – to taste
  • Pasta seasoning – to taste
  • Chili vinegar – 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice – ½ tsp
  • Italian Parsley – ½ cup, chopped
  1. Follow the instructions on the package and cook pasta al dente.
  1. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  1. Add crushed garlic and sauté until golden brown.
  1. Add onions and sauté until translucent.
  1. Add red bell peppers and sauté for 3 more minutes.
  1. Add mushroom slices and sauté until tender.
  1. Add salt and adjust seasoning.
  1. Remove from heat and keep aside.
  1. Drain pasta, rinse with cold water and drain completely.
  1. In a small bowl, mix vinegar with pasta seasoning, white pepper powder, and lemon juice. Adjust the seasoning.
  1. Add the pasta and mushroom mixture to a large mixing bowl and toss well.
  1. Pour the vinegar mixture and toss to ensure even coating. Adjust the flavors.
  1. Serve warm garnished with parsley leaves.

Phew! That’s a lot of information to take into account. Hopefully, this will guide on benefits of mushrooms will help you in incorporating mushrooms in your daily diet. Regular consumption will allow you to reap mushrooms benefits. Stay fit, stay healthy!

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Mushrooms are magical for your skin | Miami Herald

We couldn’t imagine pizza or pasta without mushrooms, but you just might want to make some room in your skincare regimen for these fabulous fungi.

Research has shown that mushrooms can boost your immune system, and extracts of medicinal mushrooms have long been used in the Far East to treat allergies, arthritis, bronchitis and even cancer of the lungs, stomach and esophagus. And recently, more and more studies are shedding light on potential benefits that mushrooms can have for your skin.

With anti-inflammatory properties, mushrooms can help improve acne, rosacea and eczema. They are also rich in vitamin D, selenium and antioxidants that protect your skin against wrinkles and discoloration caused by environmental damage. And with thousands of kinds of mushrooms ranging from basic white button to more exotic varieties, the possibilities are endless.

One type of mushroom that’s been getting a lot of attention is kombucha, which recently gained popularity as one of the ingredients in a type of black tea. This fungus is nothing new in China, Russia and Germany, where it has been used to aid weight loss, memory, digestion and longevity.

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Studies have also shown that it has a positive effect on oxidative stress (i.e. free radical damage) when taken orally. Studies on topical application of kombucha have showed this ingredient hinders glycation, a process that occurs when excess sugar binds to the collagen in the skin and makes it brittle, causing wrinkles. It also helps enhance the layer of fat beneath the skin for a visible anti-aging effect.

On the surface, kombucha also improves skin tone and reduces lines and wrinkles. If this makes you hungry for some kombucha-infused skincare, look for Teda Facial Tonic Toner and Moisturizer, TriAction Age Defense and HydroPeptide products.

Shitake mushrooms are another one to watch, especially since they’ve been shown to halt the proliferation of cancer cells in humans as well as mice. In addition to being rich in proteins, lipids, vitamins and amino acids, the mounting scientific evidence makes it hard not to be optimistic about their place in dermatology.

Reishi mushrooms are another species with well-documented antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer properties—and skincare companies are starting to catch on. These mushrooms can be found in Aveeno’s Positively Ageless Active Naturals and the Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Plantidote Mega-Mushroom products (along with other good-for-your-skin ingredients).

With all this promising research, it will be interesting to see how the power of these magical mushrooms will be used to treat both health and skin disorders. Now that’s food for thought.

Ganoderma lucidum (mushroom) extract

Ganoderma lucidum is a species of mushroom. Also known as Reishi mushroom, when applied to skin, research has shown a compound it contains (ganodermanondiol) can interrupt the enzyme tyrosinase, which in turn can visibly reduce certain types of discoloration.

Research has also shown this extract can improve skin’s supportive elements while also reducing signs of irritation. It’s a natural source of vitamin D2, skin-beneficial trace minerals such as copper and selenium, and the amino acids leucine and lysine.

As with most other types of mushrooms, Ganoderma lucidum is also a very good antioxidant. The extract form of this mushroom eliminates the water component (the whole mushroom that you’d buy in the grocery store contains over 90% water), so only a small amount is needed to get its benefits.

References for this information:

Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicines, March 2019, pages 203-209
Molecules, March 2018, ePublication
Aging and Disease, December 2017, pages 691-707
International Journal of Molecular Sciences, October 2016, ePublication

Patti was traveling through Asia and met a Singaporean-based ingredient supplier. She told him that she was looking for a natural and safe ingredient that provided the same benefits of Hydroquinone and Rhododenol. He sent Patti the Songyi Mushroom extract which is used in Asia as a natural and safe skin lightener. In fact, it is the active ingredient in India’s best-selling skin lightening bar soap. We put the ingredient in high dosage in our Reviving Cleanser and Renormalizing Serum.

Below is a list of benefits of the Songyi Mushroom provided by

  • The Songyi mushroom extract is used in skincare products to promote new cell growth and helps rejuvenate your skin.
  • It is also very mild and causes no irritation to the skin which makes it one amongst the natural and an alternative ingredient in skin-whitening products compared to other harsh ingredients such as hydroquinone.
  • After several uses, it is believed to soften your skin which results into a clearer and brighter skin tone.

Watch your dark spots fade away without all the side effects of Rhododenol and Hydroquinone!

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The Use of Mushrooms in Skincare

Types of Mushrooms and Their Unique Benefits

We have complied a handy list of many of the most common types of mushrooms and their unique benefits. Information on this list was gathered through a variety of research papers on the subject:

Cordyceps sinensis (Cordyceps or Caterpillar fungus)

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Moisturizing
  • Reported anti-inflammatory potential on skin induced dermatitis

Coriolus versicolor or Trametes versicolor (Cloud mushroom)

  • Anti-tyrosinase

Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi or Lingzhi Mushroom)

  • Antioxidant
  • help repair skin damage associated with over exposure to UV radiation and free radicals.
  • Anti-tyrosinase
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Best at skin brightening through inhibiting tyrosinase activity
  • Anti-aging

Grifola Frondosa (Maitake Mushroom)

  • Anti-collagenase and anti-tyrosinase
  • High concentration of l-ergothioneine: anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
  • Reported anti-inflammatory potential on skin induced dermatitis
  • Found to inhibit MMP-1

Inonotus obliquus (Chaga Mushroom)

  • Anti-tyrosinase
  • Antioxidant

Lentinus edodes (Shiitake Mushroom)

  • Anti-tyrosinase
  • Anti-microbial
  • Antioxidant
  • Found to induce superoxidase dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx), two antioxidant enzymes known for protecting skin from oxidative damage and reversing fibrosis
  • Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant
  • Can also aid in exfoliation, encourage faster skin renewal, and increase skin elasticity as a skin brightener
  • Can produce beta-glucans

Pleurotus species citrinopileatus (Oyster Mushrooms)

  • Anti-tyrosinase (Pleurotus species are the most studied mush-room species with reported anti-tyrosinase potential)
  • High concentration of the powerful anti-oxidant, l-ergothioneine
  • Found to produce beta-glucan
  • Anti-hyaluronidase
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Reported anti-inflammatory potential on skin induced dermatitis
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-microbial

Phellinus linteus (Sang Hwang, Meshima or Meshimakobu Mushroom)

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicorbial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant
  • Hydrating via presence of ceramides

Agaricus bisporus (Portobello Mushroom)

  • Anti-tyrosinase
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant and Anti-microbial

Tricholoma matsutake (Songyi or pine mushroom)

  • Anti-elastase, anti-collagenase
  • Anti-aging potential with ability to prevent degradation of the extra-cellular matrix
  • Anti- tyrosinase

Tremella (Snow Mushroom, Golden jelly fungus or yellow trembler)

  • Hydrating and skin brightening
  • Slightly greater water-holding capacities than HA. One study revealed that cosmetics added with 0.05% Tremella polysaccharides had better moisture retention capacity than that added with 0.02% hyaluronic acid (Liu & He, 2012). This is very popular in China and Japan as a replacement for sodium hyaluronic acid.
  • Brightening in a novel effect of inhibiting melanin formation effects and lightening the spots on the skin when applied to the skin
  • Tremella reduces the peroxidation of cell lipids and shoots the concentration of Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) in cells.

Tuber indicum (Truffle Mushroom)

  • Contains essential amino acids, vitamins B1, B2 and B3, and polysaccharides such as lentinan and eritadenin; hydrating via presence of ceramides
  • Common truffles include e.g. Burgundy truffles (Tuber uncinatum), Perigord truffles (Tuber melanosporum ), Kalahari truffles (Terfezia pfeilii Hennings), Piedmont truffles (Tuber magnatum Pico Vitt.), lion’s truffles (Terfezia leonis Tul.), summer truffles (Tuber aestivum), winter truffles (Tuber brumale Vitt.) and white truffles (Choiromyces maeandriformis).

A Fungus Among Us

Karmon also points out that another benefit of using products derived from certain mushrooms is that they contain naturally occurring bio-active substances that break down melanin quickly, without the irritation and side effects of hydroquinone, working to dissolve currently existing pigment as opposed to stopping cells from generating more pigment. Says Karmon, “Instead of tripping, these mushrooms will have you experiencing an entirely different kind of clarity.”

While mushrooms aren’t necessarily pretty, those found in the following products will certainly help your clients look lovely.

AmorePacific Future Response Age Defense Creme SPF30: Asian botanicals, green tea, and pine mushrooms help fight free radicals and defend the skin against harmful environmental stressors.

Image Skincare Ageless Total Skin Lightening Serum: Ideal for all skin types, this oil-free serum blends bearberry, kojic acid, and licorice to lighten freckles, melasma, and age spots while vitamin C reduces redness associated with rosacea.

Murad Age-Diffusing Serum: Containing iris flower extract, this serum enhances the skin’s barrier function while shiitake mushroom extract firms and conditions.

Nature Pure Labs Clearing Skin Refining Serum: This serum combines allantoin, panthenol, and yeast protein to reduce oil production while fomes officinalis clears skin and evens tone.

Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare Elevate ATP & DNA Repair: Formulated to reverse the signs of aging, boost energy, and increase fat loss, these capsules contain ganoderma, which is found in reishi mushrooms and helps detoxify skin.

Prana SpaCeuticals Reishi Mushroom Serum: This lightweight recovery serum helps relieve inflammation, increase skin immunity, and enhance texture.

Prima Fleur Intensive Oligopeptide Restructuring Serum : Formulated with songyi mushroom, this anti-aging blend gently evens skintone without causing irritation or redness.

Prosana Milk Collagen Mask: Suitable for all skin types, this collagen mask is blended with citrus extract and kojic acid to reduce hyperpigmentation and restore skin’s natural moisture, tone, and overall balance.

Sesha Skin Therapy Clinical Advanced Lightening Serum: This serum contains hydroquinone, kojic acid derived from mushrooms, and plant extracts to help decrease melanin sediment and inhibit tyrosinase activity.

Sothys Paris Hydradvance Intensive Hydrating Serum: Boletus mushroom extract and natural peptides work to transfer water from the dermis to the epidermis to restore, repair, and reconstruct skin.

Wilma Schumann European Skin Care Eye Créme Intensiv: Formulated with mannentake and shiitake mushrooms, this eye cream hydrates, brightens, and improves the appearance of fine lines and dark circles.

Yüm Gourmet Skincare Rooibos & Green Tea Eye Gel: This gel contains mannentake and shiitake mushroom extracts to clarify the delicate eye area and balance moisture content.—Jessica Morrobel

Mushroom benefits for skin

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