Maitake Mushroom

Maitake Mushroom
An edible mushroom prevalent in northeastern Japan and China, maitake is an important ingredient in Asian cuisine. It is found at the base of oak and elm trees, valued for its health benefits, and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries to promote health. Maitake extracts are marketed as dietary supplements in the form of liquid extracts, tablets, and capsules to enhance immune function as well as to treat AIDS and cancer.

Maitake demonstrated anti‑inflammatory, antitumor and anti-metastatic effects in preclinical experiments. Beta 1,6‑glucan, a protein bound polysaccharide, has been identified as the active constituent.

Small clinical studies indicate that maitake extracts have hypoglycemic effects; modulate immunologic parameters in breast cancer survivors; and enhance neutrophil and monocyte function in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Further research is underway to evaluate maitake’s anticancer potential.

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