These mushrooms grow in small groups and are traditionally eaten lightly cooked or raw. Enoki Mushrooms are a low calorie source of protein and contain complex carbohydrates.
Mushrooms generally contain high concentrations of Vitamin B. Enoki's are rich in niacin, which contains 23 percent of the recommended value in a 1 cup serving. Because Enoki mushrooms are rich in phytochemicals and antioxidant compounds it is a highly beneficial to the body.
Immune System Boosting Effects - Enoki mushrooms were long valued in Eastern Medicine because of the immune boosting properties. As the treatment of various cancers continues to evolve, mushrooms should be considered as an adjunct therapy. As with any phytochemical, the dose, concentration, absorption, and extraction methods play a role in the pharmacological effects, and these factors will be important in future studies. With more research and a better understanding of how different mushrooms elicit varied effects, it will be increasingly important that integrative clinicians work with oncologists to determine the appropriate treatment for each individual. Research into underlying mechanisms of mushrooms will continue to help in devising new strategies for treating cancer, preventing its long-term complications, and increasing survival. (Article)
Ergothioneine - The most unusual amino acid which contains substantial antioxidant efficacy is Ergotioneine. This assists in protection from oxidative stress and free radical damage.(Article)
Anti-Atherosclerotic Properties - Many studies were able to discover compounds within enoki mushrooms that prevent oxidation of LDL Cholesterol. Because of this it is protiective against atherosclerosis . As LDL oxidation is the initiating step in atherosclerotic pathogenesis, intervention at this level sounds imperative in halting the onset of atherosclerosis. Polyphenolic compounds present in the F. velutipes impart this mushroom's antiatherosclerotic pursuance under the aegis of antioxidative panoply. These findings, novel in case of this mushroom species, would pave a new vista for functional food-based therapeutic intervention of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases and thus be of monumental importance to the humanity. (Article)
Cholesterol - Lowering Effects - A study conducted on rats to test the mushroom fibers on cholesterol related diets. They concluded that the results of this study demonstrate Enokitake lowered the serum total cholesterol level by enhancement of fecal cholesterol excretion, and in particular, by enhancement of hepatic LDL receptor mRNA in EF group. (Article)