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Immune Boosting Shiitake Mushroom Soup


Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are known for their medicinal qualities. Studies conducted with shiitake reveal immunostimulatory and antiviral properties.

Delicious Shiitake Mushroom Soup

If you buy the whole mushroom, the stems can be removed and tossed into your herbal chicken broth for more flavor. If you cannot find fresh shiitake mushrooms, feel free to use re-hydrated mushrooms. Garlic, with antimicrobial properties, adds a delicious flavor to this simple soup.


Ingredients:

  • ~1 lb fresh organic shiitake mushroom caps, sliced

  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tbs olive oil

  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme

  • 8-12 cups of herbal chicken broth

  • sea salt and pepper to taste

  • Optional: a few cups of leafy greens, cooked quinoa or rice noodles

Steps:

  1. In a large stockpot, heat olive oil.

  2. Add sliced shiitake and allow the mushrooms to brown lightly as you stir

  3. Add garlic and fresh thyme, saute until aromatic

  4. Add herbal chicken broth and bring to a boil

  5. Simmer for 20 minutes

  6. Add salt and pepper to taste

  7. Remove thyme sprigs

  8. Add any optional ingredients and enjoy hot

References:

Israilides C, Kletsas D, Arapoglou D, et al. In vitro cytostatic and immunomodulatory properties of the medicinal mushroom Lentinula edodes. Phytomedicine 2008.

Rincão VP, Yamamoto KA, Ricardo NM, et al. Polysaccharide and extracts from Lentinula edodes: structural features and antiviral activity. Virol J. 2012 Feb 15;9:37.

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