Aug 17, 2019
Maitake mushroom 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 numerous 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 mushroom 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 mushroom 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.
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 confirmed 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.