22 Feb 2023 • 5 min read
You may have heard of shitake mushrooms and porcini mushrooms – but how about maitake mushrooms?
Commonly used in a range of Japanese recipes for their earthy, slightly spicy taste, these incredible mushrooms additionally have a whole host of potential health benefits for the body.
Maitake mushrooms grow during the autumn months in Japan, China, and some areas of North America. “Maitake” means “dancing” in Japanese and the mushrooms supposedly earned this name after the people who first discovered them danced with joy when they realised their many health benefits.
Whether that’s true or not, it’s undeniable that maitake mushrooms have some medicinal benefits! They’re rich in several nutrients – more so than more common mushroom varieties – plus they’re low calorie, low in salt, and cholesterol-free.1
What’s more, maitake mushrooms are easy to cook with and have an excellent woody taste that’s a fantastic addition to things like stir-fries and soups.
As mushrooms are a form of adaptogen (a group of herbs which adapt to help the body deal with stress), maitakes are thought to have many beneficial properties. They’re good sources of several essential nutrients, from vitamins C and B to potassium and beta-glucan, in addition to containing many antioxidants2 Because of their nutritional value, studies have shown that maitake mushrooms may have some success at:3
Maitake mushrooms, whether eaten in their pure form or as a supplement powder, are generally considered safe. As with any food, though, it’s essential that you always stick to the recommended serving size on the back of the packet and immediately stop eating them if you have an allergic reaction.
As maitake mushrooms can have an effect on blood sugar levels and cholesterol, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor before trying them in some cases. This includes if you have diabetes, heart problems, or low blood pressure.4
Keen to take care of your body while treating your tastebuds with something delicious? Savoury maitake mushrooms are the perfect addition to your kitchen! Why not buy them whole or in a powder form such as the Naturya Organic Mushroom Blend and try: