Shiitake - a food powerhouse!

Article first published in Embrace Mag, Feb 2021

You may not think of mushrooms as a nutritional powerhouse, but let me tell you about Shiitake. This is the second most eaten mushroom in the world, known as the ‘food of the Gods’ by the Romans, and the ‘elixir of life’ in Chinese cultures. Shiitake provides a range of micronutrients, including a whopping 8% of its weight in potassium. This makes Shiitake the perfect heart health food, not only does the beta-glucan fibre help to balance your cholesterol by dragging the excess through your gut, but the potassium helps regulate heart beats. It also helps your muscles to move, your nerves to work, and your kidneys to filter blood.