Dear Pharmacist: I’m not a fan of fungus, but I’ve heard that shiitake mushrooms are good for cancer. What do you think? — C.E., Boston
Answer: I think some mushrooms are amazing! Shiitake, known botanically as Lentinula edodes, are seriously great for immune function. They’re not just a Japanese delicacy; these mushrooms have been used for centuries, and have a safe history of healing that goes back thousands of years. Chinese medicine traditionally uses mushrooms to enhance qi (pronoucned “chee,” which refers to your vital life force). We are not talking portabello, though, this is altogether different.
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