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Maitake Mushrooms Can Help Treat Diabetes, Lower Cholesterol, and More

By NaDica | Articles

Dec 14

The standard advice when it comes to healthy diet is to include more vegetables and fruits.

But when most people hear this phrase, mushrooms are not something that comes to their mind. Somehow we seem to neglect to include mushrooms in our usual diet.

Perhaps mushrooms have not found the way to our typical cuisine, or maybe we do not have the habit to include them.

Whatever the reason it is actually unfortunate. It is sad because most mushrooms are very nutritious and medicinal at the same time. One such mushroom is the maitake mushroom.

Have you heard about this mushroom? Read on, to find out more.

More About the Maitake Mushroom

The name maitake means dancing mushroom. Also this mushroom is known by the name hen of the woods and sheep’s head.

The maitake is actually an adaptogen. Adaptogens help the body in combating any kind of physical or mental difficulty. The adaptogens regulate the unbalanced systems of the body.

Although you can use maitake in recipes for extra taste, it is actually a medicinal mushroom as well. The maitake grows wild in parts of North America, Japan, and China. This mushroom grows at the bottom of Maple, Oak and Elm trees.

People who know this mushroom are praising it for its promises of longevity, health, and vitality.

Health Benefits of Maitake Mushroom

Help Treat Diabetes

According to a 2015 study, the maitake mushroom has positive effects on rats which have type 2 diabetes. In this study, this mushroom had a positive impact on the sugar levels.

Furthermore, based on several studies extracts from maitake mushroom have been shown to protect against diabetes. For instance, one research focused on the ability of the extracts of the mushroom to obstruct alpha-glucosidase.

The alpha-glucosidase is an enzyme which breaks simple sugars and starch into glucose. By obstructing this enzyme, the absorption of sugar slows down. Furthermore, many oral diabetes drugs are actually alpha-glucosidase inhibitors.


According to a 2013 study maitake powdered extract can help lower the cholesterol levels. Also, it was shown that this extract could increase the fatty acids which provide energy. For that reason, the researchers note that consuming maitake mushroom might help keep the arteries healthy.

Other Health Benefits

One 2013 study notes that maitake D-Fraction might be useful when it comes to treating and preventing breast cancer. According to the researchers, this mushroom can combat the reproduction and growth of cancerous cells.

In addition, the maitake mushroom might be useful in treating immune function, flu, cold and low or high blood pressure. These mushrooms are abundant in amino acids, antioxidants, beta-glucans, minerals, vitamin C, vitamin B, fiber, copper, and potassium.

Furthermore, they are cholesterol-free, low-sodium, fat-free and low-calorie. There are many reasons why you should include this mushroom in your diet. Read on to learn how.

How to Add the Maitake Mushroom in Your Diet

Adding maitake in your food is very simple, just add them to any food in which you would usually include mushrooms. You can add them to soup, stir-fry, omelets, salad, pizza, pasta, etc. Also, you can fry them in butter or grill them.

Maitake has earthy, strong taste. Therefore, try one before you add the mushroom to your dish.

Word of Caution

In case you have diabetes, make sure to consult your doctor before you include the maitake mushroom in your diet. You should know that the maitake might have an impact on your blood glucose.

In addition, it might lower the blood pressure, therefore, consult your doctor in case you have hypotension. And in case you have an autoimmune disease, are pregnant, or you are breastfeeding make sure to consult your doctor before you consume this mushroom.

Watch the video below to learn more about this mushroom.