Mushrooms are often classified as a vegetable, but they are actually fungi. There are an estimated 38,000 species of mushroom, only about 3,000 are edible, about 700 have known medicinal properties, and less than one percent are recognized as poisonous, therefore it is important to buy only to reputable store, so as to avoid the poisonous species.
Mushrooms have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Today even with the presence of modern technology some people still prefer using natural medicine because it is safer and prolong use will not cause negative side effect like that of a modern medicine.
Maitake has long been valued in Japanese medicine as health mushroom. In Japanese, maitake means “dancing mushroom.”
Health Benefits of Maitake Mushroom:
- Maitake mushroom is an adaptogen, a substance that helps the body adapt to stress and “balance out.”
- Maitake mushroom can help combat cancer cells by protecting healthy cells from becoming cancerous, it also helps slow and stop cancer cell growth.
- Maitake mushroom help boost the immune system
- Maitake mushroom can help stimulate proper digestion, thus preventing an upset stomach.
- Maitake mushroom can help lower high blood pressure.
- Maitake mushroom can help reduce weight.
- Maitake mushroom can help in diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels.
Nutrient Content of Mushroom Per 100 gm:
- Vitamin B: Thiamine .10mg
- Riboflavin: .44 mg.
- Niacin: 4.9 mg
- Vitamin C: 5 mg.
- Calcium: 9 gm.
- Iron: 1 mg
- Phosphorus: 115 mg.
- Potassium: 150 mg.
- Fat: .3 gm
- Carbohydrates: 4 gm.
- Protein: 2.4 gm.
- Calories: 16
Two other Mushroom species that contain Medicinal Properties:
- Maitake – is recommended especially for stomach and intestines problems, as well as diabetes.
- Shiitake have been used for centuries by the Chinese and Japanese to treat cold and flu. Today it is recommended especially in treating nutritional deficiencies and liver ailments.
- Reishi extract promotes respiratory health.
Culinary Uses of Maitake Mushrooms: Cooked Maitake can be added in a variety of dishes such as salads, sauces, and pizzas to enhance their taste.
How to Buy Maitake Mushroom: It is always advisable to buy organically grown maitake mushroom. Avoid buying any mushroom product that was grown in China. Maitake and all mushrooms absorb the food that they are grown on. If that food contains heavy metals or dangerous chemicals, the mushrooms can absorb these toxins easily. Many manufacturers use made in China Maitake because it is way cheaper than the safe grown in “Japan Maitake”.
Side Effects of Maitake Mushroom: The use of maitake mushroom in food is safe in low doses.
- Maitake supplement is not recommended for pregnant and nursing mothers.
- Maitake should also be avoided by people who undergo organ transplant and are using immunosuppressive agents.