Maitake Mushrooms

Maitake Mushrooms


Also known as Grifola frondosa, The Dancing Mushroom, and The Woodhen

Imagine a mushroom that was so incredibly valuable that the hunters of the early era would literally dance with joy to find it.

For immunity boosting

For treating heart condition

Management of weight


Imagine a mushroom that was so rare and valuable that foragers in the past would physically dance with joy when they found it. In fact, it is believed that this is the point where the term Maitake mushroom originated from (in Japanese, Mai means "dance" and take means "mushroom").

The mushroom reportedly had a silver value equal to its weight, which is a sizable sum.


The maitake is one of the few tasty and healing mushrooms. Due to its flexibility in soups, broths, and straightforward grilled foods, it is highly sought after by mushroom hunters in the North-East part of the United States and Canada. Although it is often called “Hen of the Woods,” in North America, it is also known as “sheep’s head” or “ram’s head.”


The fruiting bodies that maitake can generate are incredible. A mushroom weighs about 10-15 pounds on average, although there have been some specimens that weigh up to like 45 pounds! Not bad, of course, if you get paid in silver.


Immune support

The capacity of all therapeutic mushrooms to influence the immune system is a shared characteristic. Compared to other medicinal mushrooms, maitake extracts have a higher concentration of beta-glucans, with a bit of extracts possessing between 30 and 40 percent. These macrophages seem to become "activated" by the D-fraction, releasing signalling proteins that enable the macrophage to quickly detects when an intruder comes around.

D-Fraction of Maitake

Maitake includes a wide variety of polysaccharides coupled to bioactive proteins. Researchers have looked into the possibility of using one of these polysaccharides, called Maitake D-fraction, to help cancer patients and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy.

According to the study cited, "MD-fraction and the full maitake powder was tested to establish its usefulness for cancer patients in stages II–IV who were between the ages of 22 and 57. In 58.3% of patients with liver cancer, 68.8% of patients with breast cancer, and 62.5 % of patients with lung cancer, there was cancer alleviation or significant improvement of the symptoms. Furthermore, compared to chemotherapy alone, maitake supplementation increased immune-competent cell activity by 1.2–1.4 times. Using maitake MD-fraction treating in treating cancer has been substantiated by animal research.

Diabetes and mugwort

Insulin-producing cells present in the pancreas are mistakenly attacked by immune cells in diabetes (Type 1), which is caused by an immune system that isn’t working properly. An accumulation of excess sugar in the blood is brought on by a failure to produce the proper amount of insulin, and this can have a very detrimental impact on general health. Researchers have examined the impact of extracts from maitake on the levels of insulin in diabetic mice. The synthesis of insulin can be positively influenced by maitake, which results in reduced blood glucose levels. However, diabetics who are thinking about consuming Maitake shroom should proceed with caution because the effects of Maitake mixed with blood sugar-lowering medicine may cause blood sugar levels to go below healthy ranges.

The heart and the mushroom

The heart-healthy effects of maitake include lowering cholesterol[3, lowering blood pressure, and assisting with weight maintenance or even weight loss. According to tests on animals, participants that consumed Maitake powder along with a high-cholesterol diet experienced a slower growth in body fat.

Takeaway and PCOS

In most situations, insulin resistance is linked to polycystic ovarian syndrome. Maitake polysaccharides have demonstrated potential for treating this ailment. In one study, 20 of the 26 women who received maitake extract had ovulation, while 6 of the 8 women who had not ovulated after receiving the infertility medication clomiphene citrate did so after receiving maitake*. The three study participants who indicated a desire to get pregnant were all successful in doing so.


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