Name: Maitake mushroom extract
Primary Category: Mushroom
Also known as: Hen of the woods
Latin Name: Grifola frondosa
Effects: Pain relief, Immune system
Maitake, also known as Hen of the Woods, grows in North America, Europe, and Asia. It is a fungus that is white on the inside and has a brownish exterior. Maitake mushrooms are used in holistic wellness plant based product formulations because they contain beta glucans which help to boost the immune system. Maitake mushrooms are also high in antioxidants which protect the body against free radical damage.
Maitake mushrooms grow in the United States. Maitake mushrooms grow on oak, beech, or hemlock trees in North America. Maitake mushrooms are often seen under sugar maple trees which are typically found in the northern region of North America. Maitake mushrooms can also be found Eastern Canada and New England on dead hardwood tree stumps. Maitake mushrooms are able to grow on sticks or logs that have fallen into the ground where they can grow for up to two years until big enough to be harvested. Maitake mushrooms can also be grown in a lab but not well since Maitake mushroom’s natural habitat is based on a living organism, a tree.
Maitake grows in the late summer and fall, typically extracted using a hot water extraction process. The mushrooms are boiled in water and then the resulting liquid is strained.
Maitake edible mushroom is known to help with a variety of conditions, including cancer, diabetes, and obesity according to an online study. Maitake mushroom helps to boost the immune system and has anti-inflammatory properties. Maitake mushroom also helps to regulate blood sugar levels, blood glucose, and can help reduce cholesterol levels as part of a diet.
Maitake also offers many other health benefits when consumed regularly. It can defend against cancer cells by stimulating anti-cancer proteins and by boosting the immune system.
Maitake mushrooms smell earthy and slightly sweet taste.
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