The fungus Maitake , whose Latin name is Grifola frondosa is a fungus native to Japan, which grows in clusters at the base of trees, especially oak trees, and has been prized for its medicinal properties for centuries ; it is commonly known as a woodland hen , or ram’s head .
This fungus can be consumed raw or cooked; although many people consume Maitake as a dietary supplement, in capsule or extract form, or in liquid form for intravenous administration.
Studies published on the fungus …
The fungus is known for its anticancer properties , where a human trial was conducted in 2009 at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and showed that maitake extract stimulates the of patients suffering from breast cancer.
Other laboratory studies conducted with Maitake, found the presence of grifolan , an important beta-glucan polysaccharide, with an anticancer activity, which has the ability to block the growth of cancerous tumors and improve the immune function of those individuals suffering from cancer.
According to the study published in the Townsend Letter, which involved more than 160 people with advanced cancer, Maitake has been found effective against leukemia, as well as in stomach and bone cancers.
In a clinical study in Japan, the efficacy of Maitake administration was investigated in 36 patients with cancer aged between 22 and 57 years , who were in stages II to IV; in them a regression of the cancer was observed , which results in a significant improvement of the symptoms in almost 70% of the patients of breast cancer, in almost 60% of the patients with liver cancer and of more than 60% of patients with lung cancer.
Properties of the Maitake mushroom
The substance responsible for all the benefits found in Maitake mushrooms is grifolán, a very potent polysaccharide, or essentially a chain of different sugar molecules, which stimulates the immune system . Some Maitake supplements are usually mixed with vitamin C, to further increase their absorption.
The fungus Maitake has antidiabetic properties, has a proven ability to regulate glucose levels and stimulate insulin sensitivity, so that people with benefit from these fungi, because they have the ability to reduce sugar in blood, since it naturally contains a specific polysaccharide, which appears to be the active compound with antidiabetic properties.
It has antihepatic properties , because it has been proven in patients with chronic , that there has been a recovery rate of 72% in people who had previously consumed the Maitake mushroom, compared to 57% in the control group.
It has hyperlipideal properties , because it is able to reduce blood pressure and blood lipids, very important risk factors to cause heart disease.
The Maitake mushroom helps regulate the stomach and intestines , by stimulating proper digestion and minimizing food stagnation.