The Maitake has already been valued as a vital mushroom for centuries in Japan and China. It has proven itself traditionally as a rich source of valuable organic vital substances and as a promoter of vital energy.

In Asia, the maitake has long been considered a real delicacy. It is also referred to as “sheep’s head”, due to the shape of its growth.

The maitake contains a range of different vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

It was first referred to in writing in a Japanese tale from the 11th century. The term “maitake” translates as “dancing mushroom”. According to legend, nuns got lost in a forest and - close to starvation – they discovered the maitake there as a food source. After enjoying the mushroom, it is said that the nuns danced exuberantly with some passing woodcutters, to celebrate their good fortune.

The maitake, which belongs to the family of giant polypores, has beautiful brown to shiny greyish fruiting bodies. The fruiting bodies that grow like a bouquet of flowers are soft and have a fleshy consistency. They are very tasty. For many connoisseurs, the maitake is the tastiest of all edible mushrooms.

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This mushroom - considered a delicacy in Asia - lowers the cholesterol level and inhibits cellular fat deposits.

After only a few months of consuming Maitake, the cholesterol and triglyceride levels are lowered. Additionally, the development of a fatty liver and the reduction of HDL cholesterol are counteracted.

By type I or type II diabetes, Maitake lowers the blood sugar level. Simultaneously, the cellular sensitivity for insulin is increased, which facilitates improved cellular sugar utilisation.

Maitake regulates the blood pressure. Its ergosterol content probably regulates the renin angiotensin system.

The mushroom thickens the stool and is thus recommended for chronic diarrhoea.

With ABM, Maitake has the highest concentration of the most effective polysaccharides and plays a significant role in the treatment of cancer and in influencing the immune system. Maitake is particularly beneficial for a dominance of TH 2 immune response. Via a polysaccharide (grifone D), it shifts the TH 2 dominance towards TH 1 and thus strengthens the cellular defense. Subsequently, ß-cells and TH 1 cells are activated and increased amounts of interferon and interleukin 12 and 18 are released. Allergic reactions are thus reduced while the cellular defense is activated. In a TH 2 dominated defense situation, the formation of interleukin 4 is inhibited and the conversion of TH 1 to TH 2 cells prevented.

Its implementation in the treatment of brain tumours and osseous metastasis has also been proven.

Due to its ergosterol (a vitamin D precursor), Maitake promotes the absorption of calcium, thus helping to protect the bones prevent osteoporosis. Studies have shown that Maitake also activates the osteoblasts. It is thus an excellent mushroom for healthy bones.

Research study verified effects of Maitake

    • an increase in blood sugar level by type II diabetics is prevented, independent of body weight fluctuations

    • an increase in triglyceride is inhibited, independent of body weight fluctuations.

    • the insulin sensitivity of targets cell is increased, the insulin level lowered.

    • weight gain is inhibited.

    • counteracts the development of a fatty liver.

    • after being consumed for several months, lowers the overall cholesterol level and keeps the HDL at a constant level.

    • the systolic blood pressure via the renin angiotensin system.

Application in Traditional Chinese Medicine

    • Properties: sweet, mild, slightly cool

    • functional circuit: spleen, bladder, kidneys

    • dissolves humidity and oedemas.