Maitake: what is this mushroom and where does it grow

The ram mushroom has earned its name due to the unusual shape of its fruit bodies. This twisted and unusual mushroom has valuable properties for health, including oncoprotective effect, hypoglycemic effect, regulation of blood pressure and others. These properties of maitake have been proven in studies, some of which we will discuss in this article.

Where does the maitake mushroom grow

Maitake, or as it is also called — curly gryphola, grows in deciduous forests, preferring the foothills or old stumps of oaks, maples, beeches and chestnuts. The mushroom can be found all over the world, but it has gained particular popularity in Japan. It was in Japanese medical treatises that the beneficial properties of maitake were first mentioned.

Useful properties of maitake mushroom

Maitake has a beneficial effect on metabolism and other vital processes in our body, bringing them into harmony. Here are just a few of its unique effects:

  • Maitake extract helps patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), due to its effect on carbohydrate metabolism and insulin sensitivity. PCOS is usually characterized by a lack of ovulation, high levels of androgens, overweight, insulin resistance, and as a result.
  • According to research, maitake, by stimulating innate immunity, significantly improves the well—being of patients with myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone marrow disease, as a result of which blood cells acquire an irregular shape and cannot perform their most important functions.
  •   Maitake reduces triglyceride levels, thereby reducing the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disorders and diabetes mellitus. In 2011, a study found that the maitake D-fraction directly affects the viability of breast cancer cells and can cause their death. Moreover, the effect turned out to be dose—dependent – the higher the dose of the mushroom extract, the faster the death of cancer cells occurred. Read more about this and other studies on the anti-cancer properties of maitake in this article.

Please note: The use of mushrooms is not an alternative method of treating cancer, but it can increase the effectiveness of traditional treatment and reduce the manifestation of side effects if used as an additional therapy.

How and when to take a Maitake

Maitake is traditionally considered a “female mushroom”. The studies on the beneficial effects on women’s health described above only confirm its benefits for women’s health. Therefore, women should first of all think about including maitake in their diet.

It is also important to understand that mushrooms work best in synergy with each other. If you choose the additional components correctly, then the effects of taking maitake can be enhanced. Therefore, if you want to take the mushroom for therapeutic purposes, then you should choose complexes. Especially those aimed at bringing all systems of women’s health into harmony.

But do not forget that if a person neglects official methods of treatment and relies only on natural remedies, this will not only not lead to a positive result, but may also end in disaster. Mushrooms do not contradict official medicine, but work together. For example, in the context of oncological diseases, mushrooms can increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy and significantly reduce the manifestation of side effects.

Interesting facts about the ram mushroom

There are two legends about the origin of the unusual name maitake — in Japanese it means “dancing mushroom”. According to the first version, in the feudal era, maitake was paid in silver equivalent to the weight of the mushroom collected, so people who were lucky enough to find this mushroom danced with joy. The second version is even more unusual: mushroom pickers of those times believed that before picking a valuable mushroom, it is necessary to perform a special ritual dance, otherwise the mushroom will lose all its wonderful properties.

Maitake is a source of valuable polysaccharides that enhance the body’s defenses, put the endocrine system in order and help to establish carbohydrate metabolism and other vital processes. If used correctly, the mushroom will provide comprehensive support to your health and increase the body’s defenses.

You can read the recommendations for use and order maitake preparations on the website of our mushroom pharmacy FUNGILINE.

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