Maitake mushrooms are commonly known by their Japanese name, and refer to the Grifola frondosa species of fungus, which is native both to Japan and North America.
Maitake are just one of those wonderful medicinal mushrooms which have gained a big popularity around the world thanks to their outstanding health-boosting properties.
To start with, maitake are rich in healthy nutrition and contain a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, potent polysaccharides and other essential nutrients. (Ref. 2 and 3)
Maitake are also a known adaptogen. (Ref. 4)
This means that when we go through a lot of stress, chemical compounds in maitake work to protect our system from potential damage and restore the body's functions to their optimal levels - i.e. "adapt" it to changes.
This adaptogenic function of maitake mushrooms may also be related to them having a modulating effect on the immune system. (Ref. 5)
When our immune system is over-active, maitake will calm it down; when it is under-active, they will try to encourage it to work better.
Thus, maitake will attempt to bring the immune system *back into balance* naturally.
Other mushrooms which are similar to maitake in their adaptogenic and immunomodulating actions are reishi and shiitake.
These properties of reishi, shiitake and maitake mushrooms are believed to help with fighting cancerous cells as well. (Ref. 6)
Maitake's anti-oxidant capacity fights free radicals and protects the body from oxidative stress. (Ref. 7)
Maitake mushrooms are known for their pleasant taste and are widely used as a culinary ingredient.
Take them on their own, add them to food or mix them with other superfoods from our shop.