Shiitakes are prized for their flavor as well as the health benefits they offer. They provide a wide range of dietary vitamins and minerals, and are thought to have anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties, and they strengthen the immune system.
Scientists continue to research the potential health benefits of oyster mushrooms. They contain anti-oxidants, and eating them appears to lower triglycerides and the LDL/HDL ratio. They are also thought to have anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory properties.