Imagine a mushroom so incredibly valuable that, upon finding it in the wild, ancient foragers would literally dance with delight. In fact, this is where the Maitake mushroom is said to have got its name (in Japanese Mai means “dance” and take means mushroom). The mushroom was actually reported to be worth its weight in silver- a healthy sum indeed!
The reason why Maitake was thought to be so valuable was because of its many reported health benefits- a fact well known in Japan for many years.
In more recent times, the mushroom is becoming better known throughout other parts of the world, including the USA- and for good reason!
In fact, research done with Maitake extracts has shown promising results for treating diabetes, HIV/AIDS, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and even cancer. More research is being done all the time.