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A favorite wild edible around the world and particularly Asia, it is also called the “cloud mushroom,” “ram’s head,” or “hen of the woods.” Maitakes are a delicious culinary sensation, cooked similar to the portobellos and button mushrooms we’ll find on supermarket shelves.

Maitake mushroom is a fungus that has been eaten as food in Asia for thousands of years. People also use it to make medicine.

Maitake mushroom is used to treat cancer and also to relieve some of the side effects of chemical treatment. It is also used for HIV/AIDS , Chronic Fatigue syndrome.


Maitake mushroom contains chemicals which might help fight tumors and stimulate the immune system. There is some evidence that it can also lower blood presser , improve chloesterol, lower blood sugar level and reduce weight .

Through various scientific observations, these compounds have been seen directly stimulating immune defenses in the body of many test subjects. With maitake specifically, immune functions such as phagocytosis, NK cells, and cytokine levels were activated or increased: direct responses involved with the immune reaction to harmful stimuli.

Such responses are evidence of the immune system in action! As a result, foreign invaders in the body – including bacteria, viruses, and even cancer cells – experience stronger natural defense from the body, after the consumption of maitake in food or supplement form.

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