Nutritional Supplements Library
What is Maitaike?
Maitake mushroom is a fungus that has been eaten as food in Asia for thousands of years. People also use it to make medicine. The maitake mushroom is found in northeastern Japan but also grows and is cultivated in the United States and Europe. It grows in clusters at the foot of oak trees and can reach 50 cm in base diameter. One bunch can weigh up to 45 kg (100 lbs). Maitake has a rippling, flowery appearance resembling dancing butterflies, hence, one of its common names "dancing mushroom".
What is the effective dosage of Maitaike supplementation?
Preventative doses of commercial products range from 12 to 25 mg of the extract and 200 to 250 mg or 500 to 2,500 mg of whole powder daily. A trial among HIV-positive patients used doses of 6 g/day whole powder or 20 mg purified extract with 4 g whole Maitake powder.
What are the benefits of Maitaike supplementation?
• Maitake mushroom contains chemicals which might help fight tumors and stimulate the immune system. There is some evidence that it can lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, lower blood sugar levels, and reduce weight in rats, but this has not been shown for humans yet.
What are the side effects of Maitaike supplementation?
Maitake mushroom is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when used as medicine, but there isn't much information about the potential side effects.
Special Precautions & Warnings -
• Pregnancy and breast-feeding : Not enough is known about the use of maitake mushroom during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
• Surgery : Maitake mushroom might affect blood sugar levels, making blood sugar control difficult during and after surgery. Stop using maitake mushroom at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.