Benefits of Maitake

The Goodness of Maitake and its Benefits

Mushrooms have been used throughout the Orient for centuries to preserve youth, longevity and overall health. Maitake (Grifola frondosa), pronounced as my-tah-keh, is one of the mushrooms that have significant properties for good health.

During the last 20 years, research has finally confirmed what practitioners of traditional Japanese and Chinese medicine have known for centuries - that certain mushrooms are medicinal powerhouses. Maitake mushrooms is indigenous to the north-eastern part of Japan and is prized in traditional Japanese herbology as an adaptogen, which, means as an aid to balance-out altered body systems to a normal level.

Researchers have indicated that whole Maitake has the ability to regulate blood pressure, glucose, insulin and both serum and liver lipids, such as cholesterol, triglyceride and phospholipids; and may even be useful for weight loss.

Aside from the adaptogenic applications, a number of researchers and clinical experiences have identified Maitake's potent stimulatory effect on the immune system. Today's science has made it possible to successfully isolate the particular active constituents for enhancing immune activity, which is the protein-bound beta-glucan.

In the last two decades or so, a lot of attention has turned to the body's immune (defence) system as the foundation of health. Researchers today know more about how our immune system works, and this has led to the realization that our immune system is the ultimate basis of how we feel and how we respond to health challenges.

Take the case of a husband and wife living together and who are exposed to the same viruses. One fall sick and the other does not. The one that did not fall sick - has it to do with the effectiveness of the immune system?

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