Maitake mushrooms are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, beta glucans, fibres, minerals, amino acids, and potassium. This makes Maitake a must when seeking to boost vitality, longevity, and immune support. Traditionally, this mushroom has often been used in combination with other medicinal ingredients, boosting their effects, as Maitake is thought to improve the absorption of micro- and phytonutrients.
Maitake extracts have been administered in combination with conventional cancer treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy, seeming to increase the effectiveness of the treatments themselves as well as reducing their associated side-effects; thus, increasing patient well-being. Maitake is particularly beneficial for prostate health.
In addition, Maitake has also shown to have a cancer-inhibiting effect, as the presence of bioactive compounds, known as polysaccharides, not only play a major role in the treatment and prevention of cancer but also in the treatment of viral and bacterial diseases.
As this mushroom is a powerful immune booster, application in the treatment of viral conditions, such as HIV, hepatitis B and influenza, has provided promising results. The use of Maitake extract has shown to have a significant effect regarding immune stimulation and the strengthening of certain cells within the body that are crucial to viral inhibition.
Further investigation into the application of Maitake for its medicinal qualities has shown that the mushroom helps to lower cholesterol, blood lipid, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. Studies have reported the administration of Maitake extracts can increase the body’s ability to process insulin, lessening the damage caused by too much insulin in the system. This is particularly relevant for those who suffer from type II diabetes.
In addition, Maitake seems to have an inhibitory effect on the enzymes that play an important role in the inflammatory process, as well as having a positive effect on the cells responsible for cartilage formation and the ability to increase the body’s fatty acids. Studies conducted in recent years have highlighted the significant number of antioxidants and properties that promote collagen formation contained within the Maitake mushroom. Thus, Maitake can help to fend off radicals that speed up cell degeneration and promote the formation of collagen, the most important connective tissue protein in the human body, especially the skin.