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Maitake Mushroom Offers New Hope for PCOS and Fibroids

Maitake Mushroom Offers New Hope for PCOS and Fibroids

Do you love mushrooms? Did you know certain mushrooms may be able to improve your fertility? Maitake (Grifola frondosa), also called “hen of the woods,” is a therapeutic and culinary mushroom that’s very popular in the natural health world. While probably best known for its role in strengthening immunity and in natural therapies for cancer, maitake also offers benefits for fertility. Maitake mushrooms especially play an important role in overcoming fertility challenges caused by PCOS and uterine fibroids.

A Look Into Maitake’s Fertility Benefits

For PCOS, maitake helps in numerous ways:

1. Maitake decreases insulin resistance and improves body balance. Research shows an extract from Maitake, called Sx fraction, reduces insulin resistance, normalizes glucose levels and balances lipids (fats) in the body- all promising news for improving fertility for women with PCOS.

2. Maitake promotes normal ovulation. By reducing insulin resistance, maitake helps to balance androgen levels, which are often high in PCOS and create a disruption in normal ovulation. In one Japanese study, maitake Sx fraction induced ovulation for 76.9% of women with PCOS. Adding maitake to the regimen even helped those who failed to respond to the fertility drug, Clomid, used by itself.

3. Maitake helps normalize tissues. Maitake mushrooms have a strengthening effect on body tissues. Natural health practitioners share their clients have fewer problems with polycystic ovaries when working with dietary approaches and supplementing with maitake mushroom.

Maitake normalizes the body from uterine fibroids:

Today, maitake is widely used in natural approaches for breast tumors and uterine fibroids. Like other medicinal mushrooms, maitake possesses strong anti-tumor activity. This means it encourages a healthy body environment and fights against the development of abnormal tissue. Maitake supports your body’s natural immune response against cancerous tumors and non-cancerous growths like fibroids and cysts. Used regularly, maitake may even help decrease fibroid size and discourage new fibroid growth.

Ways To Use Maitake
1. Cook with maitake. Its rich, meaty flavor enhances sauces, soups, stir fry, and casseroles. Thinly slice, rehydrate and add maitake to the recipes of your choice. Start with about ¼ cup and adjust to create the flavor you like. Fresh maitake is also good seared or grilled like steak. Use maitake in cooking a few times a week to give the immune system a natural boost. Tip: Always choose organic mushrooms to avoid toxic sprays used in conventional production.

2. Try Maitake supplements. For therapeutic use, a high-quality supplement is a good choice. Maitake is available in capsules, extracts or teas. For help with body balance and symptoms of PCOS, look for a supplement with Sx fraction, which has the most testing behind it. For support for abnormal tissue like fibroids or cysts, maitake works well in combination with herbs like Pau d’arco (Tabebuia impetiginosa), Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) and Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale). For best results, use maitake mushrooms consistently for 1-4 months along with a Fertility Diet.

Try Maitake Mushrooms!

If you’re facing fertility challenges related to PCOS or uterine fibroids, consider adding maitake mushroom to your Natural Fertility Program. A complete program is often necessary for recovery and a return to fertility, but maitake can help you on your way.


Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    Are maitake mushrooms safe during pregnancy?

    • Dear Rachel,

      It is best to talk to your healthcare provider or midwife about consuming maitake mushrooms in pregnancy, or find a maitake supplement marketed for use in pregnancy. Edible mushrooms in general are considered fine to eat in pregnancy in moderation (always choose organic!).

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    Is it safe to take Maitake if one has Hashimoto’s?

    • Dear Melanie,

      Maitake is one of many foods and herbs that have been found through research to both support and restore healthy immune system function of the body and healthy thyroid hormone levels. I do not know of any contraindications of its use for those with Hashimoto’s.