Sometimes called 'hen of the woods', the Maitake mushroom is a type of adaptogen. Adaptogens assist the body in fighting against any type of mental or physical difficulty. They also work to regulate systems of the body that have become unbalanced. While this mushroom can be used in recipes for taste alone, it’s considered to be a medicinal mushroom.
Compared to other mushrooms, Maitake has shown better results in preventing and treating cancer and other health conditions. Maitake also has a positive effect on overall immunity. Lastly, Maitake mushrooms show promise as an aide to those with blood pressure issues.
Maitake mushrooms are rich in antioxidants, beta-glucans, vitamins B and C, copper, potassium, fiber, minerals, and amino acids.