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International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
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ISSN Print: 1521-9437
ISSN Online: 1940-4344

International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms

DOI: 10.1615/IntJMedMushr.v1.i4.30
pages 317-324

Biological Responses from Grifola frondosa (Dick.: Fr.) S. F. Gray−Maitake (Aphyllophoromycetideae)

Cun Zhuang
Mushroom Wisdom Inc., 1 Madison Street, Building F, East Rutherford, NJ 07073, USA
Takashi Mizuno
Department of Applied Biological Chemistry, Faculty of Agriculture, Shizuoka University, 4-13-9 Seinan-Cho, Fujieda-Shi 426-0063, Japan

ABSTRACT

Grifola frondosa (Dick.: Fr.) S. F. Gray (Maitake) is an edible mushroom with a good flavor, a crisp texture, and an excellent aroma. It goes well not only with both Asian and European dishes, but is also frequently used to treat spleen and stomach ailments, and to calm the mind in traditional Chinese medicine. Since the mid-1980s, the biological activities of G. frondosa have been evaluated in detail. Both basic research and clinical experience have shown that maitake possesses the ability to produce antitumor, immunological enhancement, and also has anti-HIV, antihypertension, antidiabetic, antihyperlipemia and antiobesity properties.


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