Infectious Diseases

This section is devoted to communicable diseases that are transmitted in a specific way, whether through human contact, contaminated food, viruses, bacteria, or insect bites.

Shiitake mushrooms are believed to have numerous health properties, not the least of which is the strengthening of the immune system. They contain a compound that have been shown in numerous animal studies to boost the immune system. Researchers believe there may be positive benefits in patients with AIDS and other infectious diseases, though much research still needs to be done. Until the verdict is in, it can't hurt to add shiitake mushrooms to one's daily menu. They can be used in everything from soups to pasta dishes and make each dish a little bit more interesting.