Maitake is an edible mushroom from the species Grifola frondosa. At the top of a family of mushrooms now classified as Medicinal Mushrooms. Maitake grows naturally in clusters at the foot of trees, especially oak. The Japanese call it "Maitake" (pronounced [my-ta-key]), literally meaning, "dancing mushroom." With a firm yet supple base, their cluster of dark fronds is easily identified; which resemble the tail feathers of a hen that gives them their infamous nicknames, "hen of the woods "or "dancing butterfly."
Maitake Mushrooms, grown commercially in a controlled environment, are rapidly becoming famous for their naturally occurring medicinal properties. Unlike the regular white button mushrooms we are all familiar with, Maitake Mushrooms are filled with nutrition, providing a wealth of protein, B-Vitamins, Vitamin-C, Niacin, Potassium, Selenium, and rich sources of fiber. Maitake mushrooms contain a type of polysaccharide called beta glucan. Beta glucan is found in several veriaties of mushrooms, and in other foods. A polysaccharide is a large and complex molecule made up of smaller sugar molecules. Beta glucan is believed to stimulate the immune system and activate certain cells and proteins that attack cancer. In laboratory studies, it appears to slow the growth of cancer in some cell cultures and in mice. Maitake Mushrooms also have a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine with increasing interest in the past two decades for uses in the USA.
Recent studies indicate Maitake Mushrooms have legendary effects on promoting good health and vitality and increasing your body's adaptive abilities. These studies suggest that Maitake Mushrooms have been considered to be the most beneficial of all medicinal mushrooms. They help our body strengthen itself and fight off illness by maintaining physiological homeostasis - restoring our bodies’ balance and natural resistance to disease. Have you had your serving of Maitake mushrooms today?