Maitake Mushroom

Maitake mushroom are a polypore, bracket fungus that grow at the base of hardwood trees in temperate forests. Maitake mushrooms have been popular in Asia for thousands of years, but it has only really been for the past couple of decades that they’ve started to really grow in popularity in north America and Europe.  

Maitake, like other polypore fungi, contain polysaccharides, complex sugar molecules that have shown to stabilize blood pressure, blood sugar and demonstrate free radical scavenging effects. The glucan polysaccharides present in Maitake mushroom, as well as in many other medicinal fungi have also shown to boost T- cell response to cancer ells as well as boosting NK (natural killer) cell activity and stimulating cytokine production. Cytokines are coordinators during any immune response that assist in regulating the body’s reaction. 

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