For centuries, Asian cultures have used maitake mushrooms as both food and medicine for their delicious taste and their healthy properties
Most commonly found naturally in parts of Japan, China, the American Northwest and Europe the name maitake means “dancing mushroom” in Japanese.
Writing NaturalNews.com, Geary Andrews talks about the unique health benefits of the “dancing mushroom” for diabetes prevention
“Maitake may help manage blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes. According to study a polysaccharide molecule in maitake, called MT-alpha-glucan, decreased fasting blood sugar and insulin levels and increased levels of glycogen, a short-term storage form of glucose, in the liver.
Maitake also increased the ability of insulin to bind to liver cells and improved pancreatic function. Researchers concluded that maitake may be useful for prevention and management of diabetes by decreasing insulin resistance.
Sounds like you need to get more Maitake in your diet!
You can read more about the health benefits of the dancing mushrooms, including cancer prevention here.
Maitake Nutrition Value
-377 Calories per 100 grams dry weight
-3-4% Fats (1 percent polyunsaturated fat; 2 percent total unsaturated fat; 0.3 percent saturated fat)
-60% Carbohydrates (41 percent are complex carbohydrates)
-B Vitamins (mg/100 g)
-Riboflavin (2.6 mg)
-Pantheonic acid (4.4 mg)
-High concentration of potassium: 2,300 mg/100g
Be certain to consult your health-care provider as maitake mushroom’s blood sugar-regulating properties may interact with other blood sugar-regulating medicines or drugs.