Maitake (Grifola frondosa) is one of the mushrooms that have significant properties for good health. It has been used for centuries to preserve youth, longevity and overall health.
Mushrooms have many overlapping properties: all boost immune function, support cardiovascular health, and show promise in lowering the risk of cancer. Maitake is specifically recommended for the stomach and intestines, as well as blood sugar levels.
Maitake mushroom has a high content of polysaccharide compound called beta glucan which stimulates the activities of your immune cells, functions as a potent immune modulator by boosting your body's own immune responses including natural killer cells, cytotoxic T-cells, macrophage, super oxide anion cells and interleukin. Maitake mushroom also contains valuable nutrients such as vitamin C, D, B2, niacin, minerals (especially magnesium, potassium and calcium), fiber and amino acids. Maitake mushroom is extremely low in calories, fat and cholesterol.
Researchers have indicated that whole Maitake has the ability to regulate blood pressure , glucose, insulin and both serum and liver lipids, such as cholesterol, triglyceride and phospholipids; and may even be useful for weight loss.
In summary, the whole maitake mushroom benefits as a tonic and is specifically useful in: