The Top 7 Health Benefits of Maitake Mushrooms - Hen-of-the-wood

The Top 7 Health Benefits of Maitake Mushrooms - Hen-of-the-wood

Long used as a culinary mushroom, Maitake not only taste great but also pack powerful benefits as a superfood. Also known as “cloud mushroom,” “ram’s head,” or “hen of the woods, Maitake can help support your immune system and defend your body against many ailments, including chronic diseases, disorders, and infections.


1.Improves Diabetes

Maitake mushroom has been shown to improve type 2 diabetes in rats. This is because the active properties in this miraculous mushroom can slow the body’s alpha-glucosidase production. While many oral diabetes drugs are actually alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, Maitake is a natural source. 


By inhibiting this enzyme that breaks simple sugars and starch down into glucose, the absorption of sugars slows down. While this doesn’t mean those with diabetes should practice an uncontrolled diet, Miatake can help them have more freedom when combined with other therapies.*


2.Boost Our Immune System

Miatake is a powerful, natural source of Vitamin D, Antioxidants, and Beta-D-glucan, a helpful complex sugar that comes from fiber. Beta-D-glucans are a long-chain carbohydrate (or polysaccharide) found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeast, and algae, known to boost immunity by stimulating the activity of macrophages. Macrophages, in turn, ingest and kill pathogens or rogue cells invading the body. Mushroom extracts have also been studied for their ability to stimulate the immune system to attack these cells and pathogens. When used daily, Maitake extract can help our bodies fend off the common cold and other ailments or act as a supplementary therapy to help those struggling with immune-related issues.


3.Reduces Inflammation

Chronic illnesses like Crohn’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis, allergies ,asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, and many other autoimmune diseases are tied strongly to inflammation. The Beta-D-glucans in Maitake help to alleviate this inflammation, drastically reducing symptoms of many of these disorders. Maitake extract, when consumed regularly, can also help defend your body against injury-related inflammation.


4.Supports Our Body Against Cancer

Beta-D-glucans not only help to boost immunity against sickness, they also assist our bodies in fighting off foreign invaders like cancer cells. Maitake mushroom extract has been studied for its ability to fight breast cancer, limit the invasiveness of tumors, and increase the overall survival rate of those diagnosed with cancer when combined with traditional medicine. Maitake has anti-metastic properties, helping our bodies activate the NK (natural killer) cells and t-helper cells that fend off tumors.


5.Lowers Cholesterol

Maitake mushroom extract can decrease triglyceride levels, lower cholesterol and keep arteries healthy. Triglycerides have been linked to coronary artery disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Our bodies need good cholesterol, but “bad cholesterol” or low-density lipoproteins (LDL) can clog and stress arteries. Maitake helps to keep triglycerides and LDL in check, helping give our body a fighting chance against coronary disease.


6.Helps With Hypertension and Lowers Blood Pressure

When Maitake mushroom extract was given to rats for 4 months, it was shown to lessen age-related hypertension. In this study, experts found that Maitake lowered systolic blood pressure (SBP), and over time even reversed some of the previous elevation. It’s believed that this superfood mushroom extract achieves this by helping the RAS reticular activating system, the part of our brain that controls central nervous system activity.


7. Improves Women’s Health and Fertility

Recent studies have shown that taking Maitake Mushroom extract can help women with an ovary disorder called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Women who took Maitake consistently saw improvements in their ovulation, especially when combined with the prescription drug clomiphene.


Taking maitake mushroom extract daily is a great way to complement your healthy routine. When combined with a clean diet, plenty of exercise, and the right therapeutic and traditional medical treatments, it can help to spark the vitality that is already within us all. If you’re curious about these and other ways that Wholesun Wellness Maitake Mushroom Extract can bring healing to your life, please reach out via our contact page!


*Always talk to your doctor before taking Maitake Mushroom extract. When combined with oral diabetes medications, Maitake mushroom extract may cause your blood sugar to dip too low. Your dose of diabetes medication may need to be changed. Always monitor your blood sugar closely. Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease.


* Consult your physician prior to use if you are taking any medications or have any medical condition. Discontinue use and seek professional assistance immediately if you experience unwanted side effects.

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