Shiitake mushrooms originate in Asia where they have grown in the wild for thousands of years. Their medicinal and therapeutic value has long been recognised in Asian countries and their beneficial effects were noted in herbal medicine reference books written thousands of years ago.
In recent years, the popularity of shiitake mushrooms has increased in westernised countries - due to both medicinal and culinary considerations.
Over the last decade several studies have been conducted which show that eritadenine - a compound found in the mushrooms - lowers cholesterol levels.
Research on lab rats found that the reduction was proportional to the dosage - the more eritdenine that was given,, the more cholesterol levels dropped.
Shiitake mushrooms are now widely available in supermarkets and grocery stores and can be used as a healthy, and tasty,addition to your diet.