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Maitake Mushroom, 60 mg, Vegetarian, 60 Vcaps
Maitake, also known as hen of the woods, is a large mushroom native to Japan, North America and Europe. Often found growing in clumps around the base of oak trees, maitake can reach a weight of 50 pounds. Scientific study shows the extract of this highly prized edible mushroom may have potential benefits for cholesterol and blood sugar levels, immune function and cancer treatment and prevention.

Immune benefits of maitake extract include modulation of cytokines, molecules produced by white blood cells that activate the immune response, according to the University of Wisconsin Botany Department. Maitake exerts its effects by binding to the cell membranes of white blood cells known as macrophages and either activating or inhibiting release of cytokines.

A study published in the Summer 2004 issue of the "Journal of Medicinal Food" found that D-fraction, a polysaccharide extract of maitake, activated several types of immune cells and molecules, including T-helper cells, macrophages and interleukins. Researchers concluded that maitake may offer immune benefits that help protect against infection.

Maitake D-fraction may inhibit cancer development and spread and also make chemotherapy drugs more effective, according to Dr. Shari Lieberman, author of the book "Maitake Mushroom and D-Fraction." A study published in the June 2011 issue of the "Journal of Medicinal Food" found that maitake D-fraction promotes apoptosis, programmed cell death, in breast cancer cells. Maitake extract interfered with energy production in cancer cells, a discovery which, researchers note, will help scientists target potential cancer prevention and treatment approaches.

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Nutrition Info
Serving Size: 3 Softgels -Servings Per Container: 83
 Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Maitake Mushroom (Grifola frondosa) (powder)  300 mg  
Maitake Mushroom (Grifola frondosa) Standardized Extract  60 mg  
(25% Polysaccharides)     


Serving Size: 1 Vcaps

Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take 1 Vcaps® 1 to 3 times daily. Best taken with NOW Vitamin C supplements

Free of: sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, milk, soy, colors, preservatives

Other Ingredients: magnesium stearate (vegetable source)




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