Maitake is classed as a polypore, a mushroom without the common feature of a singular cap and gills. Instead, it has multiple branching stems with flowery-ruffed caps. The underside of these caps is covered with a thin layer of densely packed pores. The common name is the lotus flower because the shape is like a dance skirt, so the Japanese name it a dancing mushroom.
Maitake is a precious fungus for food and medicine. Recently it is popular in the American and Japanese markets as a kind of excellent health care food, and its unique nutrition and medical value attract ever wider attention. Maitake polysaccharide has an anticancer and anti-HIV function and can adjust immune and incretion and nutrition metabolizing. Maitake mushroom is also good in curing hepatitis.
Maitake mushrooms are a flavorful and nutritious food group and the good source of B-Vitamins: Thiamine, Riboflavin, and Niacin. They contain all the essential amino acids. These are perfect powdered materials for formulating immune system-boosting dietary supplements and natural cosmetics.
- Inhibit cancer.
- Slow down aging and promote the gonad function.
- Prevent and treat diabetes.
- Inhibit obesity and regulate blood pressure in a two-way fashion for the treatment of arteriosclerosis and cerebral embolism.
- Prevents atherosclerosis.
- Enhance facial beauty and moisten the skin to postpone the appearance of age pigment.
- Increase appetite, promote growth, build up immunity, and improve memory.