Maitake mushrooms (Grifola frondosa) have been used over the centuries to treat many illnesses.
They are now being used to diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, the triumvirate of nutritonal diseases that is driving an epidemic of chronic illnesses in America.
This delicious food is a valuable ally in the fight against these nutritional diseases.
Maitake have been called many names over the years, names that describe their appearance
Dancing mushroom, hen-of-the-woods and sheep's head all refer to maitake.
They are now added by knowledgeable chefs to creat memorable dishes.
Maitake mushrooms have been used extensively in Japan for its wonderful flavor as a food as well its powerful effect on health.
The English speaking world refers to them as hen-of-the-woods mushrooms.
It was called the dancing mushroom by the Japanese either because finding it proved joyful as it was rare and expensive or because the flower bodies resemble dancing butterflies.
Whatever explanation is true, the fact remains that maitake mushrooms contain a treasure trove of unique and powerful compounds, a library of compounds.
Maitake mushrooms are known for their cancer-fighting and adaptogenic potential.
They are also thought to enhance the body’s immunological response to injury and illness.
Maitake mushrooms grows in the wild as clusters near the base of oak trees.
Their flowery appearance possibly giving rise to its nickname of dancing mushroom or hen of the woods.
Maitake mushrooms lack the cap and gills of classic mushrooms.
This mushroom is a polypore and has multiple branching stems with flowery ruffled caps.
In the mid 1980’s Japanese researchers isolated and extracted a beta-glucan compound and patenteed it as MaitakeGold 404.
This beta-glucan polysaccharide seems particularly powerful against cancer cells.
Maitake like other medicinal mushrooms, are known for their ability to enhance immunity and is therfore used as an adjunct in cancer therapy and immunosuppressed patients.