High-quality standardized extract of maitake mushrooms. Great to take year round! What is Vitacost Maitake Mushroom Extract? Vitacost Maitake Mushroom Extract is a high-quality supplement that supplies 500 mg of maitake mushroom extract standardized to 25% polysaccharides per single-capsule serving. . Mushrooms are classified as fungi (plants without roots leaves seeds or flowers that don’t require sunlight to grow) rather than vegetables and have been used for both culinary and health purposes for centuries. Compounds found in mushrooms are believed to possess immune-health promoting properties.*. . Maitake is a large edible mushroom that grows in clusters at the base of trees in forests throughout Europe and Canada and in some parts of eastern America and Asia. Known for their rich earthy slightly nutty flavor maitake mushrooms are popular in Japan China and Korea eaten both raw and cooked or powdered and incorporated into dietary supplements. . How do maitake mushrooms support health? Maitake mushrooms contain polysacchardies which have been shown in animal studies to have bioactive properties.*. Mushrooms contain a compound called beta-glucan which consists of thousands of glucose molecules chemically bound together. Animal research on maitake mushrooms (and their beta-glucan constituent in particular) has been associated with immune function support.*. Why choose Vitacost Maitake Mushroom Extract? Supplies 500 mg of maitake mushroom extract per single-capsule serving. Standardized to 25% polysaccharides. Contains 300 servings per container. High quality great value! About Vitacost. Vitacost nutritional products are manufactured to high standards of quality efficacy and safety. Each Vitacost product meets or exceeds the standards and requirements set forth in the FDA’s Code of Federal Regulation (21 CFR 111) Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP). . . . . *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose treat cure or prevent any disease.