Maitake mushrooms (Grifola frondosa) also known as “Hen-of-the-wood,” is a polypore mushroom that grows at the base of trees, particularly old oaks, or maples. They are found in late summer to early autumn and are indigenous to China, Europe & North America. They have an earthy aroma and rich taste and are high in vitamin D. Research indicates that it may have the following health benefits*:

  • Is rich in bioactive polysaccharides, especially D-fraction, MD-fraction, and SX-fraction. These protein polysaccharides have well-documented immune-protecting and antitumor properties.
  • Beta glucan helps reduce cholesterol, improving artery functionality & overall cardiovascular health thus lowering risk of heart disease.
  • The polysaccharides can also reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol without affecting your triglyceride or HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
  • D-fraction has a strong effect on the immune system. It boosts production of lymphokines (protein mediators) & interleukins (secreted proteins) that improve your immune response. 
  • Beta glucan may be especially helpful in targeting & destroying cancerous cells. Several studies show its ability to attack tumours for different types of cancer.
  • Enhanced abilities when D-fraction and MD-fraction are combined with vitamin C for cancer treatments.
  • Another beta glucan, SX-fraction, has been shown to lower blood glucose levels. It helps to activate insulin receptors, while reducing insulin resistance in diabetes management.
  • Csontain ergosterol, a chemical that creates vitamin D. Maitakes are wild harvested, which can make them higher in natural vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.
  • Vitamin D content averages about 28 micrograms, or 1123 IU. This is about 200 percent of daily recommended intake. Vitamin D is important for bone health because it helps absorb calcium.


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