Maitake mushrooms are one of the healthy fungi. Famous in the Asian countries, maitake mushrooms are chosen as a good source of diet in other countries too. Maitake is a natural remedy with numerous health benefits – anticancer, antiviral, anti-hypertensive, and anti-hypercholestremia. Furthermore, it also builds immune system and helps manage weight.
Anti cancer: Medically, maitake is credited for its anti-cancer properties due to the presence of polysaccharide beta-glucan. Usually we hear about cancer patients suffering from side effects of chemotherapy. Maitake mushroom is not only anticancerous but it also helps to fight these side effects.
Enhanced immunity: Beta-glucans in maitake increases the activity of natural killer cells and T-cells which in turn enhances the immune response of body against diseases and foreign intrusion.
Anti hypertensive: Preclinical studies have shown that 5% maitake mushroom powder lowers blood pressure and curb the chances of inflammation. In a study conducted in 2010, maitake was seen to protect rats from high blood pressure and increase insulin sensitivity.
Anti-diabetic: 2 independent studies in rats have reported the ability of maitake to reduce insulin resistance and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Thus, hypoglycemic effect of maitake mushrooms can be considered beneficial in patients suffering from diabetes (genetic diabetes).
Anti-viral: Webmd.com reports the use of maitake mushroom in HIV/AIDS, hay fever and other flu diseases. A study involving HIV patients investigated the DM-fraction extract of maitake and 85% of patients reported increased sense of well-being. The anti-viral effects of D-fraction of maitake are documented against hepatitis B virus in several clinical studies. Furthermore, maitake also helps to build body defenses with its synergistic effects with interferons.
Neurological effect: Maitake composes a chemical component called, lysophosphatidylethanolamine. In a laboratory study, neuronal apoptosis was successfully halted and neuronal differentiation induced by this chemical component.
Weight control: Weight issues are not serious to worry about nonetheless, they do pose critical health risk and social stigma to an individual. Maitake mushrooms come with weight control benefits. This mushroom manages optimum metabolic rate by which the person can easily manage body weight. According to drugs.com report, unheated maitake powder helped 30 patients to lose 3 to 12 kg in 2 months.
Chronic fatigue: When you are tired of day to day routine, you realize you need an energy booster. However, when fatigue is not related to practical scenarios, there may be several other factors that are undiagnosed. Maitake mushrooms come with wide range of vitamins and mineral supplements that helps your body to retain the stamina for an active lifestyle.