50 #00 capsules Maitake (Grifola frondosa). Used for breast and prostate cancer, HIV, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, reduction in blood pressure and cholesterol level.
Dosage: 2 to 4 capsules daily.
Widely variable in color, from pure white to tan to brown to gray. It appears to get darker depending on direct sunlight (just like we do!) Large overlapping leaf-like fronds grow in bushy clusters that get larger with time. Each frond is from a half to four inches across and is usually darker to the outward edges of the "caps." The entire fruiting body can be as big as several feet across. The underside of individual caps consists of a pure white pore surface. Grifola frondosa is a polypore, a mushroom which disperses its spores from pores as opposed to gills. The pores are close together and tiny, almost difficult to see. The caps are firm and juicy. The stem is thick firm, white and branched. The spore print is white.
Much research has been conducted on antioxidants to help the human body reduce oxidative damage. Mau (2002) determined that Grifola frondosa and Hericium erinaceus have aided oxidant reduction by 39.6 percent and 69.4 percent, respectively. Several studies have been conducted to measure maitake's effect on obesity. In animal studies, lack of weight gain or weight loss was significant (Ohtsuru, 1992). In an obesity study on humans by Dr. Yokota (1992), 30 patients were given a powdered maitake food supplement for two months with no change in their regular diets. All patients successfully lost 7-13 pounds.
Maitake, as is true of many other mushrooms, is predominately an immune booster. The human body uses these high-molecular-weight polysaccharides to enhance its immune system. Most mushrooms high-molecular-weight polysaccharides are not cell-killers. In fact, much of the research suggests that maitake and other mushrooms, taken along with traditional therapy, provides improved response and recovery as well as protecting healthy cells from cancer.
Ingredients: Maitake fruiting bodies.
Constituents: Complex polysaccharides in their structure. These active constituents help support immune system function and are sometimes called immunomodulators. The polysaccharides present in maitake have a unique structure and are among the most powerful studied in test tubes to date. The primary polysaccharide, beta-D-glucan, is well absorbed when taken orally and is being studied as a potential tool for prevention and treatment of cancer and as a adjunctive treatment for HIV infection. Maitake has been used to lower serum cholesterol and triglycerides.