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maitake

(mī-tä′kē, -kĕ)
n.
An edible polypore mushroom (Grifola frondosa) native to Japan and North America that produces large clusters of overlapping gray or brown fan-shaped caps, grows at the base of trees or in cultivation, and is prized in Japanese cuisine and used as a dietary supplement. Also called hen of the woods.
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maitake

Herbal medicine
A mushroom (Grifola frondoa) that lowers blood pressure and enhances the immune system by increasing natural killer cell activity, increasing release of interleukin-1 and stimulating cytotoxic T cells; it inhibits growth of experimental tumours.
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Effects of niacin-bound chromium, Maitake mushroom fraction SX and (-)-hydroxycitric acid on the metabolic syndrome in aged diabetic Zucker fatty rats.
"A possible hypoglycaemic effct of maitake mushroom on Type 2 diabetic patients." Diabet Med; 18(12):1010.
The Japanese maitake mushroom (Grifola frondisa) contains beta-glucan, and it may therefore fight cancer and improve the health of people suffering from HW, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and obesity.
Because of experience with beta glucans from oats, it is not too surprising that maitake mushroom, which contains an abundance of beta glucan fibers also affects insulin sensitivity.
Fraction SX of Maitake Mushroom Favorably Influences Blood Glucose Levels and Blood Pressure in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats
Most research on maitake mushroom has been performed using the bioactive extract product, namely "Maitake D-fraction", to assess its potential efficacy on various human malignancies.
WellBody365 combines maitake mushroom extract with Sensoril, a multi-patented ashwagandha (Witha-nia sonnlifera) extract that increases the body's resistance to stress, according to Felicia Tempesta, marketing coordinator, NutraGenesis.
Maitake D-fraction, a highly purified [beta]-glucan extracted from the maitake mushroom (Grifola frondosa), stimulates natural killer (NK) cell activity.
(7-25) The maitake mushroom, indigenous to the northeastern part of Japan, is an especially rich source of beta-glucans.
Among them, we were particularly interested in "D-fraction" (DF), a bioactive extract from maitake mushroom (Grifola frondosa).
Maitake Mushroom (Grifola frondosa): Animal studies show that whole maitake mushroom, as well as a water soluble fraction and an ether soluble fraction, can lower fasting and postprandial glucose and insulin levels.