Shiitake Mushroom Extract

Close-up image of fresh Shiitake mushrooms. The mushrooms' brown caps and cream-colored gills are clearly visible, showcasing their unique texture and form.

Ingredient - Shiitake Mushroom Extract (Lentinula edodes)

Scientific Background: Rooted in Science - Shiitake mushrooms are derived from deciduous tree woods like shii, chinquapin, oak, and more. As saprotrophs, they feed on decaying organic matter, breaking it down and returning nutrients to the soil. While shiitake mushrooms can be cultivated on various substrates, including sawdust blocks and pellets, the highest quality ones grow on nutrient-rich wood logs. To cultivate them, logs are inoculated with shiitake spawn, placed in a humid environment to incubate, and in a few weeks, mushrooms start to fruit. They are also a good source of protein, fiber, and vitamins.

Plant Origin & Native Region - Shiitake mushrooms are native to East Asia, specifically China and Japan. They have been growing wild in these regions for centuries, and were first cultivated in China over 1,000 years ago. Today, shiitake mushrooms are one of the most popular cultivated mushrooms in the world and are grown in many different countries.

Hair Specialty: To improve hair resilience - Shiitake mushroom extract is known to strengthen and protect your hair from external factors such as environmental stressors, chemical treatments, and daily wear and tear.



  • Jung EY, et al. "The hair growth promoting effect of Lentinula edodes cultivation extract." Journal of Medicinal Food. 2016;19(5):530-536.

  • Kim, J., et al. "Lentinan, a water-soluble polysaccharide from Lentinula edodes, enhances hair growth and protects against oxidative stress in mice." Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol. 56, no. 10, 2008, pp. 3818–3824., doi:10.1021/jf0734411.

  • Lee, B. K., et al. "Lentinan protects against UVB-induced hair damage in hair follicles." Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, vol. 105, no. 1, 2009, pp. 25–32., doi:10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2009.01.008.

  • Ryu, J. H., et al. "Lentinan enhances hair growth by suppressing apoptosis in hair follicles." Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol. 58, no. 10, 2010, pp. 5462–5469., doi:10.1021/jf100231c.

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