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Maitake Mushroom | Grifola frondosa | Uses of Maitake Mushroom | Health Benefits of Maitake Mushroom  Top Mushroom Company

Maitake Mushroom : Grifola frondosa

“Maitake” means dancing mushroom in Japanese. The mushroom is said to have gotten its name after people danced with happiness upon finding it in the wild, such are its incredible healing properties.

Maitake is a delicious culinary mushroom but is also valued for its medicinal properties. 

Maitake Mushroom : Grifola frondosa


Traditionally, maitake was used in Japan as a tonic to boost the immune system and increase vitality, and the mushroom was purported to prevent cancer and high blood pressure.

Name: Latin name, Grifola frondosa: Grifola is the name of a fungus found in Italy; frondosa means “leaflike.” Maitake means “dancing mushroom” in Japanese; also known as “Hen of the Woods” and “Sheep’s Head.”

Description: Grows in clusters; the caps, which are typically 4–5 inches across, overlap to form a sort of clump. A typical maitake cluster is the size of a volleyball.

Habitat: Maitake grows at the base of oak trees, beeches, and other dead or dying hardwoods. Favors temperate northern forests; indigenous to northeast Japan, Europe, Asia, and the eastern side of the North American continent.

Active ingredients: Beta-glucans, fractions D and MD; Grifon-D.

Uses: Helps control diabetes; helps lose weight; lowers HDL (“bad”) cholesterol; anti-HIV; helps control high blood pressure; anti-prostate and bladder cancer; protects the liver; immunomodulator.


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