Maitake means ‘Dancing Mushroom’ in Japanese, the name highlights peoples joy at finding Maitake mushroom in the wild as this fungi boasts some impressive health benefits.
Maitake mushroom is found growing in clusters at the base of trees, in particular Oak Trees, typically during late summer and early autumn. It is native to China, Japan and North America. They often appear in the same place each year.
A mix of mycelium and young fruiting bodies, as well as a hot water extract of mature fruiting body, is best for optimal levels of nutrients and higher amounts of immune-supporting beta-glucans.
Maitake mushroom has been prized in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and has been used throughout Japanese history for its delicious flavour and longevity properties. Maitake mushroom was said to support the immune system, balance blood sugar and bring vitality when taken regularly.
Why should you use it?
It has beneficial effects on the immune system, and potent anti-viral action. It also appears to show benefits for supporting blood sugar balance.
The principal active compounds in Maitake mushroom are its polysaccharide components like beta-glucans which support the immune system and are known to diminish levels of insulin. It naturally contains an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor called trehalose which slows down glucose absorption in the body, supporting blood sugar balance. It has also been shown to improve insulin sensitivity.
How to take it?
Adults take 2 capsules, 1-3 times a day with or without food or try adding the powder from the capsules into a smoothie. You can also make a tasty tea using the powder.
Maitake mushroom can often grow to 20 inches in diameter and weight more than 20kg earning it the title of ‘King of Mushrooms’.