Host Defense - Maitake
Host Defense - Maitake
Host Defense - Maitake
Host Defense - Maitake
Host Defense - Maitake

Host Defense - Maitake

Regular price $47.99
Shipping calculated at checkout.

World famous Paul Stamets has done the research for you. Discover the power of food as medicine when using these carefully grown and selected medicinal mushroom products.  You may have seen his work in the documentary Fantastic Fungi - and now you can see the benefits for yourself with carefully sourced mushroom products. 

Maitake (Grifola Frondosa) Capsules

From the manufacturer:

Host Defense is built on Paul Stamets’ visionary research into the power and potential of mushrooms, especially mushroom mycelium, the root-like structures found growing below ground. The power of Host Defense comes from the discovery that the mycelium is the immune system of the mushroom.

Just as mycelium helps to support the immune system of humans, it also supports the health and immunity of the natural habitats where it grows. Mushroom mycelium is a cellular bridge connecting bees, trees, bears, plants and humans to the ecosystems in which they live. Our work is to build a healthier world with the power of mushrooms. 

Host Defense Maitake uses activated, freeze-dried, certified-organic mycelium and fruitbodies, with a full spectrum of constituents: polysaccharides (beta glucans, arabinoxylane, glucose, galactose and mannose), glycoproteins, ergosterols, triterpenoids and other myco-nutrients, which are essential for supporting natural immunity.


  • Found growing in temperate hardwood forests, Maitake has been the subject of studies worldwide and is known for supporting normal cell growth
  • Enhances a healthy glycemic balance by promoting normal blood sugar metabolism
  • Rich in 1-3, 1-4, and 1-6 Beta-glucans, well-known for promoting immune health

Human Recommended Dose: 1g (2 capsules) daily, or as recommended by your health care practitioner, with food or on an empty stomach,  Best in the morning or early afternoon. 

How long to see results: Medicinal mushrooms are generally used as tonics to support the various systems and organs over time. You may see benefits as soon as 1-2 weeks or you may notice a slower improvement over 2-3 months. 

Warnings: If you have a medical condition, are taking medications, or are pregnant or nursing, consult your healthcare professional before using this product. Additional warning on Health Canada database: Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you have diabetes.

Where it is grown: Pacific North West (Washington State)

Maitake Folklore: At certain points in Japanese history, maitake has been worth its weight in silver. In feudal Japan, local lords are said to have paid their subjects the equivalent weight of maitake in silver. Maitake translates from its Japanese name to ‘dancing mushroom.’ If you harvest a fairly large specimen and move it around, the frond-like aerial parts can appear to be dancing. Finding a cluster of these immune boosting mushrooms also brings such elation that foragers often dance with joy.

Healthy Blood Sugar: Maitake promotes a healthy glycemic balance by supporting normal blood sugar metabolism. In animal studies, Maitake not only improved blood sugar levels but also consistently improved insulin sensitivity.

Immune Health: Maitake is a delicious, edible species, with a long history of traditional use, Maitake is known to be rich in 1-3, 1-4, and 1-6 Beta-glucans,and as such is well-known for promoting immune health.

Other mushrooms it works well with:

  • Immune: As one of our potent immune supportive mushrooms, Maitake pairs wonderfully well with 16 other mushrooms for a deep immune support.
  • Blood Sugar: As our most favoured mushroom for healthy blood sugar levels, Maitake pairs well with Reishi and Chaga in our blood sugar blend.

What Our Customers Say

Amazing service ♡ Just starting going here instead of our normal pet grocery store and couldn't be more happy with how great the staff is and Their selection of natural foods are amazing!! I have a new pet grocery store with better service and am definitely happier 😁


Such an amazing place to have in town. The staff are super friendly and helpful. They have made shopping for raw food for my cats a very easy and convenient experience. Thank you all!


Pets First

The Holistic Health Food Store For Your Pets

Man and healthy senior dog in front of mountain - nutrition consulting at Pet Grocer

close to home

Local and Proud

You may also like