Maitake Medicinal Mushrooms
Bioactive Properties and Health Benefits:
• Anti-Tumor Effect.
Strengthen the immune system in fighting the growth of tumour cells by activating macrophages, which consume mutated cells.
• Immune Booster.
Can stimulate the building of a strong immune system to ensure the body’s endurance against bacterial and viral infections.
• Cardio Vascular Tonic.
Supports the function of cardiovascular system by lowering high blood pressure and regulating cholesterol levels.
• Digestive Tonic.
Improves the function of the gastro-intestinal system.
• Nervous System Tonic.
Can provide a calming effect by strengthening the nervous system.
• Diabetes Monitor.
Supports regulation of blood sugar level.
• Obesity Monitor.
Supports the metabolism.
• Anti-Aging Effect.
May improve overall vitality.
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Protein – 22.25%
Amino acid – 23.58%
Rich in minerals such as Zn and Se
Polysaccharide (23 fractions)
Research and properties:
Research and properties:
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 Maitakeinclude 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.
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 Maitakefractions 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 effect.
The unique protein-bound polysaccharide compound found in Maitake based on 1,3 and 1,6 Beta glucanshas 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 syndrome.