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Maitake is the Japanese name for the edible fungus Grifola frondosa which is also called the "Dancing mushroom".
It has been used traditionally both as a food and for medicinal purposes in Japan and China. Polysaccharide constituents of Maitake have been associated in animal studies with multiple bioactive properties.
Extracts of maitake mushroom, and particularly the beta-glucan polysaccharide constituent, have been associated with immune modulation in pre-clinical studies, and are hypothesized to exert anti-tumor effects as a result of these immune properties.
Maitake's main functions are activating the immune system and acting as an anti-tumor agent. Maitake is known as an adaptogen and tonic, and as such it aids healthy people to keep their levels of blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight normal.
The beta-glucan in Maitake is a cell-surface carbohydrate. This means that beta glucan aids cell communication in specific circumstances. As a polysaccharide including so called D-Fraction beta-glucan, this glucan activates the white blood cells, called macrophages, which in turn devour microorganisms that produce disease, as well as exposed tumor cells.
The Maitake mushroom extract we sell is 10 - 1 concentration ratio and contains 10% polysaccharides.
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