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What is this Maitake? Sushi? Nah, but it is a kind of mushroom meaning ‘dancing mushroom’ in Japanese, the mushroom got its name through the legendary story where Japanese settlers found this mushroom at the base of a tree. When they learned of the goodness and sweetness of this mushroom, they danced together to celebrate this joyous discovery.
Another name in the United States. It is called the ‘Hen of the Woods’ deck because of its shape which is like chicken feathers that expand if the chicken is angry. Whatever the name, scientists recognize that this mushroom is one of the most nutritious mushrooms and foods in the world, especially in strengthening the human immune system.
Maitake Health Benefits
Compared to other mushrooms, Maitake mushrooms show the best effect in preventing and treating health problems and even cancer. Maitake Mushroom is rich in:
- Vitamins B and C
Not only that, Maitake mushrooms too:
- Low sodium
- Low in calories
- Cholesterol free
A series of studies have been done to find out the benefits of this mushroom. Among the studies conducted by Eliana Noelia Alonso and fellow researchers found that D-Fraction found in Maitake is able to function in preventing and treating breast cancer.
They think it can fight the growth and reproduction of cancer cells. It is still in the study of laboratory rats but is believed to have great potential.
Strengthens the Immune System
Maitake mushrooms have strong active beta-glucans. Beta-glucans are the key to the immunomodulatory process. What is this immunomodulator?
This immunomodulator is a process in our body where it enhances, stabilizes, or reduces the function of your immune system depending on the need. For example, stimulating the immune system is needed by you when a viral or bacterial infection appears in the body.
Polysaccharides found in Maitake mushrooms also work to increase the activity of your immune cells such as T cells and B cells, macrophages, and natural killer cells in the body. That is why Maitake is so good to eat when you are sick or during the flu or influenza season.
This premium mushroom is safe for anyone to eat and there is no information about the side effects of this mushroom unless you are allergic to Maitake mushrooms. It is best to consult your doctor if you want to include it in your diet.
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