Maitake History

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Maitake History

     Maitake History

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    Grifola frondosa

    “King of Mushrooms” Stimulates the immune system.

    Regulates the function of the digestive


    Moderates blood sugar level.

    Provides anti-oxidant properties.

    Improves skin health.

    Assists in weight control.

    Calms the nervous system.

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    General Info:

For over four thousand years Maitake mushrooms has been glorified in the Orient as food that

    maintains good health, sustains strong spirit, preserves youth and extends longevity.

Maitake is indigenous to the northeastern part of Japan though it is found throughout the entire

    Eastern region as well as in Europe and North America.

It grows in clusters near the roots of plum, apricot and peach trees, but mostly at the foot of big

    oak trees. Maitake mushroom has an unmistakable rippled form with no usual mushroom cap

    but rather large overlapping folds.

The name “Maitake” literally means "dancing mushroom" so called because people knowing

    well of its delicious taste and of the health benefits when managed to find the mushroom in the

    deep mountains they began dancing with happiness and delight. Another interpretation for the

    name is that its beautifully shaped wavy petals remind one of a butterfly flapping it’s wings.

    The common English name is “Hen of the Woods”.

The scientific name “Grifola frondosa” comes from the common name of Maitake found in Italy

    and myths refer to this mushroom as a half-lion and half-eagle beast.

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In remote areas Maitake can grow to enormous sizes weighing over 50 pounds (22 Kg). This is

    why this giant mushroom is called the "King of Mushrooms".

For centuries Maitake was a rare and difficult mushroom to get. In fact, in the feudal era of

    Japan this mushroom used to be exchanged with the same weight of silver by local lords who

    in turn offered it to their superiors, the Shoguns, that were of succession of Japanese hereditary

    Commanders-in-Chief and virtual rulers before 1868.

Maitake is the only edible mushroom among all Monkey's Bench mushroom family and it is

    considered a first rank edible mushroom. It undoubtedly offers an exceptionally good taste, an

    excellent aroma and crisp texture making it a delightful addition to the gourmet menu.

Maitake is largely used as a Chinese medicine called “Keisho”. The Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing

    scripture of herbal medicine states that it has been frequently used for improving spleen and

    stomach ailments, calming nerves and mind, and treating haemorrhoids.

Maitake is one of the most extensively researched mushrooms by various Universities and

    Scientific Institutes and a very large number of scientific articles have been published around

    the world about this amazing fungus.

An especially important ingredient found in the family of polyporaceae or so called "Monkey's

    Bench" is a polysaccharide compound which exhibits strong immune support activity. In the

    late 1980's some scientists found a mushroom that exhibits much more potent properties than

    any of the mushrooms previously studied and it was Maitake.

Maitake mushroom contains the active ingredient protein bound ß-glucan complex. This unique

    active compound makes it very potent in enhancing immune system by oral administration.

Of all medicinal mushrooms studied Maitake has the strongest anti-tumour activity. Numerous

    scientists over and over again in medicinal articles around the world have reported this most

    outstanding medicinal property. The numerously conducted laboratory studies examining the

    tumour growth-suppressing effect reveal a complete inhibition of the tumour.

One of the articles in the Journal of the Japanese Society for Food Science and Technology as

    result of study of Maitake possessing anti-tumour activity suggests that active polysaccharide

    fractions can depress or reduce tumour growth by activating the immune system as a

    biological response modifier (BRM).

The health benefits demonstrated by Maitake include immune system support, normal blood

    pressure support, normal blood sugar level support and normal cholesterol support.

Further laboratory studies and extensive clinical studies are under way in collaboration with

    leading research institutes both in the United States and in Japan.

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    3. Professor Harry G. Preuss, M.D. at Department of Medicine, Georgetown University Medical

    Centre announced at the annual meeting of ACN (American College of Nutrition) held in

    October 1998 in Albuquerque, New Mexico the results of their initial laboratory study on few

    fractions extracted from Maitake mushrooms against Cardiovascular Diseases. Prof. Preuss

    concluded as well the favourable anti-diabetic and anti-hypertensive effect.

Prof. Preuss is a strong believer and advocator of so-called "Syndrome X" which claims that the

    chronic disorders that are common in the aging human such as Hypertension, Diabetes,

    Obesity, Hyperlipidemia and Arteriosclerosis are all associated, at least in part, with the

    disturbances in glucose/insulin metabolism. He believes that the findings in his initial study

    indicate that the Maitake fractions would favourably influence the glucose/insulin system and

    prevent the onset of age-related chronic disorders.

In 1998 Maitake Products, Inc., Ridgefield Park, NJ, proudly announced that the company has

    obtained its IND (Investigational New Drug Application) from the FDA to conduct a Phase II pilot

    study on the effect of Maitake Mushroom D-fraction Extract (D-fraction) on advanced breast

    and prostate cancer patients. The researchers at New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, in 2002 announced the results of

    their study of comparing effects of various mushroom extract products as well as ß-glucan

    products on the U.S. and Japanese market against prostate cancer cells (PC-3; the most

    aggressive with metastasis cancer cells) in vitro. Maitake has shown the most potent cytotoxic


The unique protein-bound polysaccharide compound found in Maitake based on 1,3 and 1,6

    Beta glucans has been marketed as a dietary supplement both in the USA and Japan since

    1995 and has demonstrated clinical effectiveness in enhancing immune system function

    particularly in those patients with various forms of cancers, HIV/AIDS and chronic fatigue


Disturbing fact is that according to the survey done just in USA approximately 181,000 new

    cases of breast cancer develop each year and over 40,000 women die of it annually.

Prostate cancer is now the most frequently diagnosed malignancy in the USA with over 120,000

    new cases and 32,000 deaths occurring annually (which is the second leading causes of male

    mortality due to cancer).

    The statistics in other countries around the world are just as alarming!

    Nutritional Components:

    Protein 22.25%

    Amino acid 23.58%

    Rich in minerals such as Zn and Se

    Polysaccharide (23 fractions)

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    Bioactive Properties and Health Benefits:

     Anti-tumour effect strengthens the immune system in fighting the growth of

     tumor cells;

     Immune system booster stimulates the building of a strong immune system to

     ensure the body endurance against the infections and viral diseases;

     Cardio-vascular tonic - supports the function of cardiovascular system, lowers

     high blood pressure and regulates the cholesterol level;

     Digestive tonic improves the function of the gastro-intestinal system;

     Nervous system tonic provides a calming effect and strengthens the

     nervous system;

     Diabetes monitor regulates blood sugar level;

     Obesity monitor improves the metabolism thus assisting with weight control;

     Anti-aging effect stimulates the overall vitality.

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