Maitake (non-GMO) is also known by the name Dancing Mushroom, famous for its taste and health benefits. Maitake mushrooms grow deep in the mountains of northeastern Japan. It is also found in the United States, east of the Rocky Mountains. Maitake is a very large mushroom, and can grow to the size of a basketball. In Japan, Maitake Mushroom is called "King of Mushroom". The fruiting body and the mycelium of Maitake are used medicinally. In China and Japan, Maitake Mushrooms have been consumed for 3000 years.
Years ago in Japan, the Maitake had monetary value and was worth its weight in silver. Historically, Maitake has been used as a tonic and adaptogen. It was used as a food to help promote wellness and vitality. The medicinal properties of the Maitake mushroom have been studied since the mid 1980's. Clinical research of Maitake has increased dramatically over the past several years. Studies have shown Maitake may have have anti-tumor, anti-diabetic, and anti-viral properties. In 1992, Maitake's antiviral activity was confirmed by both National Cancer Institute and the Japan Institute of Health. In addition, the Maitake mushroom has been the subject of research against HIV. This mushroom contains polysaccharides which are among the most powerful studied to-date. When taken orally, it is easily absorbed. The Maitake mushroom is a delicious, soft-fleshed polypore with excellent nutritional properties. It's levels of insulin and triglyceride in plasma demonstrated a change similar to blood glucose when eaten. Many studies are continuing on Maitake Mushrooms.
Most of maitake's health benefits seem to come from one main source. They contain beta-glucan, a polysaccharide compound thought to nourish the immune system by activating effector cells like macrophages, natural killer cells, and T cells. In addition to their role in general immunity, these types of antibodies also act against cancer. The polysaccharide is also thought to be the source of the mushroom's ability to possibly control blood sugar to help manage diabetes and improve weight loss.
On top of all that, maitakes are also a rich source of minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium, B vitamins, and amino acids. With all that and the fact that they taste great too, it's more than worth checking out this exotic fungal gem.
Some possible traditional uses of Raw Maitake Mushroom Powder may include:
● Excellent antioxidant benefits
● May support a healthy immune response
● Encouraging healthy weight loss
● Supports healthy energy levels
● May reduce insulin resistance
● High levels of beta glucan, X-fraction, & L-ergothioneine
● Supporting healthy blood pressure levels
● May help prevent cellular mutation
● Supporting healthy blood sugar levels
● Aiding digestion by regulating the stomach & intestines & helping eliminate food stagnation
Take 1 teaspoon 1 - 3 times daily.
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Maitake Mushroom Powder.
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