Maitake - Grifola frondosa

Ram’s head – Natural weight-loss: This mushroom - considered a delicacy in Asia - lowers the cholesterol level and inhibits cellular fat deposits.

After only a few months of consuming Maitake, the cholesterol and triglyceride levels are lowered. Additionally, the development of a fatty liver and the reduction of HDL cholesterol are counteracted.

By type I or type II diabetes, Maitake lowers the blood sugar level. Simultaneously, the cellular sensitivity for insulin is increased, which facilitates improved cellular sugar utilisation.

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"My blood pressure used to rise even though I already took three pills a day. A holistically oriented natural practitioner found out that I suffered from a diabetic cardiovascular disease even though my blood sugar was normal. He advised me to try Maitake, and it helped. After three months, I didn’t need any blood pressure tablets". M. R.

Maitake regulates the blood pressure. Its ergosterol content probably regulates the renin angiotensin system.

The mushroom thickens the stool and is thus recommended for chronic diarrhoea.


With ABM, Maitake has the highest concentration of the most effective polysaccharides and plays a significant role in the treatment of cancer and in influencing the immune system. Maitake is particularly beneficial for a dominance of TH 2 immune response. Via a polysaccharide (grifone D), it shifts the TH 2 dominance towards TH 1 and thus strengthens the cellular defence. Subsequently, ß-cells and TH 1 cells are activated and increased amounts of interferon and interleukin 12 and 18 are released. Allergic reactions are thus reduced while the cellular defence is activated. In a TH 2 dominated defence situation, the formation of interleukin 4 is inhibited and the conversion of TH 1 to TH 2 cells prevented.

Its implementation in the treatment of brain tumours and osseous metastasis has also been proven.

Due to its ergosterol (a vitamin D precursor), Maitake promotes the absorption of calcium, thus helping to protect the bones prevent osteoporosis. Studies have shown that Maitake also activates the osteoblasts. It is thus an excellent mushroom for healthy bones.

Research study verified effects of Maitake

    • an increase in blood sugar level by type II diabetics is prevented, independent of body weight fluctuations

    • an increase in triglyceride is inhibited, independent of body weight fluctuations.

    • the insulin sensitivity of targets cell is increased, the insulin level lowered.

    • weight gain is inhibited.

    • counteracts the development of a fatty liver.

    • after being consumed for several months, lowers the overall cholesterol level and keeps the HDL at a constant level.

    • the systolic blood pressure via the renin angiotensin system.

Application in Traditional Chinese Medicine

    • Properties: sweet, mild, slightly cool

    • functional circuit: spleen, bladder, kidneys

    • dissolves humidity and oedemas.


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    • Hiroyuki Horio, Masaru Ohtsuru: "Maitake (Grifola frondosa) Improve Glucose Tolerance of Experimental Diabetic Rats."; J Nutr Sci Vitaminol, 47, 57-63, 2001
    • V.Manohar, N.A.Talpur, B.W.Echard, S.Liebermann, H.G.Preuss: "Effects of a water-soluble extract of maitake mushroom on circulating glucose/insulin concentrations in KK mice."; Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, 4, 2002, 43-48
    • Keiko Kubo, Hiroaki Nanba: "Anti-Hyperliposis Effect of Maitake Fruit Body (Grifola frondosa)."; Biol. Pharm. Bull. 20(7) 781-785 (1997)
    • Nadeem A. Talpur, Bobby W. Echard, …: "Antihypertensive and metabolic effects of whole Maitake mushroom powder and its fractions in two rat strains."; Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 237: 129-136, 2002
    • Atsuyuki Inoue, Noriko Kodama, Hiroaki Nanba: "Effect of Maitake (Grifola frondosa) D-Fraction on the Control of the T-Lymph Node Th-1/Th-2 Proportion."; Biol. Pharm. Bull. 25(4) 536-540 (2002)
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The effects described are based on the ingestion of medicinal mushroom powder which is prepared from the whole mushroom. Please seek advice from your therapist before using.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.