Maitake mushrooms health benefits
The Japanese call Grifola frondosa a maitake. Maitake is a fungus with a huge fruiting body and overlapping caps. People have used maitake in both medicine and meals. There were studies done on animals to prove multiple bioactive properties of maitake polysaccharide constituents. However, there is no sufficient evidence whether is it safe for people to orally intake maitake as an extract. Other names for this fungus are cloud mushroom, dancing mushroom, king of mushroom and grifolan, among others.
Uses based on tradition or theory
People who are older than 18 years should not use raw mushroom because it is not yet known how much is safe to use. Tablets, capsules and liquid extracts can be taken from 0.5 to 1 milligram per a kilogram of person's weight. However, not enough studies were done and there is no certain safe dosage.
Children younger than 18 years are not recommended to use maitake because there is very few information on how much is safe to use.
Side effects and warnings
Since not enough studies have been done on humans no one can say how effective maitake is. It proved to lower blood pressure in animals but not in humans. However, people have used it as food for a long time now and because of that it is supposed that low doses may be safe.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use it since there is no information on whether it is safe.
People who are on medications that lower blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels should be careful when using this extract. The same goes for herbs that have the same effect.