In Japanese, Maitake means dancing. It is believed to have gotten its name after people danced with joy and happiness after finding it in the wild. The overlapping fruiting body gives Maitake an impression of dancing butterflies.
It has been eaten as a food widely in Asia for thousands of years. It is also used to make medicine. It is nature’s most potent and effective immune enhancers.
Maitake Mushroom (Grifola frondosa)
Maitake mushroom contains an impressive number of polysaccharides, triterpenes and additional bioactive chemicals that offer many health benefits.
In North America I hear the name “Hen of the Woods” or “King of Mushrooms.” Possibly my most favorite mushroom due to its salty, earthy, meaty flavor and an unforgettable taste. Add lemon or lime juice (adds Vitamin C to it) to enhance the medicinal power of the mushroom.
Benefits of Maitake Mushroom
- Maitake is a popularly known mushroom that inhibits tumor growth.
- Maitake contains powerful cancer-fighting properties which makes it worthy addition to daily diet. Maitake shown to have a positive therapeutic effect on breast cancer cells.
- Combined with Vitamin C, Maitake has shown to reduce prostate cancer cells.
- The Beta-Glucan in Maitake like other medicinal mushrooms, Maitake also boosts the immune system.
- Maitake has shown to promote healthy glycemic balance by supporting normal blood sugar metabolism.
- Maitake has also shown to improve blood pressure.
- In additional to a good diet and lifestyle Maitake has also improved cholesterol levels.
- Maitake has also shown good results on people suffering from infertility due to PCOS.
- Known for its adaptogen effect, Maitake helps to promote healthy stress response in the body.
- The bioactive polysaccharides in Maitake helps the body to ward off pathogens – particularly useful during cold and flu season.