What Are The Health Benefits Of Maitake Mushrooms?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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What are the health benefits of maitake mushrooms? Maitake mushroom is a type of adaptogen, and this helps with fighting any mental or physical difficulty.  This mushroom is considered to have good medicinal health benefits.

It is grown in China, Japan, and North America and at the bottom of Oak, Elm, and Maple trees. This mushroom can be found during the autumn/fall months.

What are the health benefits of maitake mushrooms? Photo credit: iStock-ueapun

The nutrient rich benefits of maitake mushrooms are:

  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamins B and C
  • Copper
  • Potassium
  • Fiber
  • Minerals
  • Amino acids
  • Beta-glucans

These mushrooms are fat free, low in sodium, low in calorie and cholesterol free.  There was a 2013 research study that showed that maitake D fraction could be useful in preventing and treating breast cancer. Studies show that mushrooms can potentially prevent the growth of cancer cells.

Maitake mushroom has been shown to reduce tumor growth in mice. Another study showed that maitake D fraction which is an extract can help destroy human cancer cells.

A 2013 research study showed that maitake powdered extract helped lower cholesterol levels in mice. A 2015 research study showed that maitake mushroom has shown tremendous positive results on rats with Type 2 diabetes.

Maitake mushrooms have been known to treat high blood pressure, cold viruses, and heighten immune function.

The Bottom Line is maitake mushrooms have shown tremendous promising health benefits if consumed regularly. You should consult a doctor before making it a regular staple in your diet.

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  1. Chen YH, Lee CH, Hsu TH, Lo HC. Submerged-Culture Mycelia and Broth of the Maitake Medicinal Mushroom Grifola frondosa (Higher Basidiomycetes) Alleviate Type 2 Diabetes-Induced Alterations in Immunocytic Function. Int J Med Mushrooms. 2015;17(6):541-56. doi: 10.1615/intjmedmushrooms.v17.i6.50. PMID: 26349512.
  2. Masuda Y, Inoue H, Ohta H, Miyake A, Konishi M, Nanba H. Oral administration of soluble β-glucans extracted from Grifola frondosa induces systemic antitumor immune response and decreases immunosuppression in tumor-bearing mice. Int J Cancer. 2013 Jul;133(1):108-19. doi: 10.1002/ijc.27999. Epub 2013 Feb 15. PMID: 23280601.
  3. Genes Related to Suppression of Malignant Phenotype Induced by Maitake D-Fraction in Breast Cancer Cells

Eliana Noelia Alonso, Manuela Orozco, Alvaro Eloy Nieto, and Gabriela Andrea Balogh

Journal of Medicinal Food 2013 16:7602-617

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