Maitake is used medicinally for any and all diseases involving depressed immune function, including cancer, AIDS, environmental allergies, Candida infections and frequent flu and colds.
Historically, maitake has
been used as a tonic and adaptogen. Along with other "medicinal" mushrooms, such as shiitake and
reishi, maitake was used as a food to help promote wellness and vitality. Traditionally, consumption of the mushroom was thought to prevent high blood pressure and cancer—two applications that have been the focal point of modern research.
Active constituents: A common denominator among mushroom and herbal adaptogens is the presence
of complex polysaccharides in their structure. These active components have the ability to act as
immuno-modulators and, as such, are researched for their potential role in cancer and AIDS treatment.
The polysaccharides present in maitake have a unique structure and are among the most powerful
studied to date. The primary polysaccharide, beta-D-glucan, is well absorbed when taken orally and is currently under review for the prevention and treatment of cancer and as a supportive tool for HIV
infection. Animal studies suggest maitake may lower fat levels in the blood and lower blood pressure. Organic, Non-GE