What is Maitake Mushroom?
Grifola frondosa, also known as Maitake mushroom, is a polypore mushroom that grows at the bases of trees in clusters. Maitake mushroom tends to grow particularly on oak trees and is found during the late summer and early autumn. Grifola frondosa is typically found in northeastern regions of Japan and North America and is a prized mushroom in Traditional Chinese and Japanese herbology. It was believed that maitake mushroom can help balance the body and bring altered body systems back to a healthy level. In fact, many people find Grifola frondosa mushrooms delicious. Modern mushroom enthusiasts learned how to cook maitake mushrooms and how to make a maitake mushroom recipe since they are known to be succulent and chewy with an earthy and spicy taste when cooked.
The fruiting body of Grifola frondosa can grow to as large as 100cm and consists of a cluster of multiple grayish-brown caps that are spoon-shaped with wavy edges and typically 2-7 cm wide. The underside of maitake mushroom caps have about one to three pores per millimeter and the white colored stalk has branch like structure that becomes tough as the Grifola frondosa grows. Maitake mushroom’s unique shape has lent it nicknames such as hen-of-the-woods, ram's head and sheep's head mushroom.
Maitake Mushroom Benefits and Uses
- May help promote immune system health
- May help support cellular health
- May help promote metabolic function
- May help support feelings of well being
- May help promote cognitive function
Maitake Mushroom Health Benefits and Research
Maitake is rich in minerals (such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium), various vitamins (B2, D2 and niacin), fibers and amino acids. In vitro research has shown that Maitake mushroom benefits may support healthy cellular function. Research has shown Maitake may also support a healthy metabolic rate. Maitake mushrooms are also rich in beta glucans, making Maitake a fantastic immune health supplement. Scientists have been studying the benefits of beta glucans on immune health for decades. However, beta glucan research in Europe and the United States focused on beta glucans isolated from Saccharomyces cerevisiae while research in Japan focused on mushroom-derived beta glucans.
Modern research has found that Maitake can actually provide some cognitive benefits. Recent findings discovered that Maitake mushroom interacts with AMPA receptors, which can produce beneficial effects for the brain. AMPA receptors are receptors for glutamate that mediate synaptic transmissions within the central nervous system. AMPA receptors are found in many areas of the brain and are the most common receptor in the nervous system. AMPA receptors have been found to promote cognitive function and overall brain health. Additionally, some interesting discoveries were made when looking into Griflola frondosa interactions with AMPA receptors. Maitake mushroom behaved as an agonist to AMPA receptors, thus promoting healthy emotional outlook. Maitake mushroom contains a specific type of beta glucan known as Proteo-β-glucan, which is believed to be responsible for these effects.
Studies investigating Maitake mushroom health benefits discovered that a maitake mushroom supplement promoted immune health as well as cellular health when orally ingested. This research sparked more investigations on maitake mushroom benefits all over the world. In fact, Maitake mushrooms are some of the most studied beta glucan heavy mushrooms. Animal studies evaluating the positive mood effects of Grifola frondosa mushroom discovered that animals consuming a high Grifola frondosa dense diet exhibited more positive emotional behavior. These trials revealed that Griflola frondosa supplementation promoted higher physical activity and quicker response to stressors.
Beta-Glugan (β-Glucan) minimum content: 30%
Maitake Mushroom Dosage
As a dietary supplement, take 500mg of Maitake Mushroom Extract 1-2 times daily.
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Where to Buy Maitake Mushroom Extract?
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