From the Vendor: Grifola frondosa is a unique polypore mushroom native to China and northeastern parts of North America and Japan and is known for many grifola frondosa benefits. Grifola frondosa is more commonly known as Maitake mushroom and grows at the bases of trees, particularly oak trees, in clusters. Maitake mushroom tends to grow during the late summer and early autumn. The Maitake mushroom fruiting bodies can grow up to 100cm and have grayish-brown spoon shaped caps. The underside of Grifola frondosa mushroom caps have approximately one to three pores per millimeter and the white stalk has a branch like structure that gets stiff and tough as the Grifola frondosa mushroom grows. This characteristic has lent Maitake mushroom nicknames like hen-of-the-woods, ram’s head and sheep’s head mushroom. Modern mushroom enthusiasts learned how to cook Maitake mushrooms and how to make a maitake mushroom recipe such as grilled maitake mushrooms.
In Traditional Chinese and Japanese herbology, Maitake mushroom is a choice mushroom since it was believed that consuming Maitake mushroom can help balance the body and help return altered bodily systems to a healthy level. Many cultures actually consider Grifola frondosa a delicacy. Since maitake mushrooms are known to be chewy and succulent with a spicy yet earthy taste when cooked. Maitake mushroom is widely consumed in Japan and other Asian countries and its popularity in the western hemisphere is growing rapidly.
Maitake Mushroom Extract Benefits and Uses
May help support immune system health
May help promote cellular health
May help support healthy metabolic function
May help promote feelings of well being
May help support cognitive function
Maitake Mushroom Health Benefits and Research
Maitake mushrooms are highly regarded in Traditional Chinese medical practices and were known to have a wide range of benefits for our bodies. Modern analysis has since discovered that Maitake mushroom is rich in minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamins like B2, D2, and niacin. In vitro studies found that Maitake mushroom benefits healthy metabolic rate and may also support cellular function. Modern research has also discovered that Maitake mushrooms have a high beta glucan content, which helps explain the maitake benefits on the immune system.
Although beta glucan research has been ongoing for decades, research done in Japan evaluated beta glucans from mushroom-derived beta glucans while beta glucan research in the United States and Europe studied beta glucans isolated from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a species of yeast. In addition to all these benefits, maitake mushroom also contains amino acids and fibers, making it a well rounded mushroom supplement with all sorts of maitake health benefits.
Recent research on Maitake mushroom has found that Maitake may help promote cognitive function. Modern discoveries determined that Maitake mushroom interacts with AMPA receptors which can produce several beneficial effects for the brain. AMPA receptors are receptors for glutamate that mediate synaptic transmissions within the central nervous system. AMPA receptors are found in many areas of the brain and are one of the most common receptors in the nervous system. AMPA receptors have been found to promote cognitive function and overall brain health. Some additional findings were made when investigating Grifola frondosa interactions with AMPA receptors. Grifola frondosa studies found that Maitake can activate AMPA receptors, which may help promote a positive mood in addition to helping promote optimal cognitive function. Studies found that Maitake mushroom contains Proteo-β-glucan, which is believed to be responsible for these effects.
Studies looking at the Maitake mushroom health benefits found that oral consumption of a Maitake mushroom supplement appeared to support immune system function and health in addition to cellular health and function. These results sparked further research on maitake mushroom benefits globally. In fact, Maitake mushrooms are some of the most studied beta glucan heavy mushrooms. Animal studies evaluating the positive mood effects of Grifola frondosa mushroom discovered that animals consuming a high Grifola frondosa dense diet exhibited more positive emotional behavior. This research showed that Griflola frondosa supplementation promoted a quicker response to stressors and higher physical activity.