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Maitake Defense Review
Maitake Defense Review

PUBLISHED: 02/01/2013 by BR Moderator
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Maitake Defense is an herbal remedy for boosting the immune system and for improving cell resistance. The company behind the product is Gaia Herbs.

Gaia Herbs is a North American manufacturer of herbal supplements operating its own certified organic farm where it cultivates more than five million individual plants annually. The company has an established reputation on the herbal supplements market being one of the main market players according to its official website. It produces a wide variety of remedies for instance for improving the brain function, for bladder disorders, cardiovascular remedies, and for enhancing the metabolism.

Maitake Defense is advertised by its manufacturer as containing only organic plants which have been harvested following environmentally friendly procedures. Moreover, Maitake Defense is a full spectrum and fast acting formula, each liquid filled capsule containing 1,425 mg of dry herb equivalent. The capsules are 100% vegetarian and of much better quality than those made of gelatin or soft-gel which they outperform at the speed with which they disintegrate in the stomach (about ten to twelve minutes). Maitake Defense is recommended to all those who need to strengthen their immune system, against colds for instance or even against the side effects of chemotherapy drugs.

Maitake Defense Ingredients

Maitake Defense includes the following ingredients: Maitake mushroom, Cordyceps mushroom, Reishi Mushroom, Chaga Mushroom, vegetable glycerin, and vegetable cellulose (capsule).

Product Features

Maitake Defense is an herbal supplement containing four species of mushrooms with medicinal uses. One of them is maitake, as the name of the formula implies. Maitake is an edible mushroom from Japan. It has been studies heavily by scientists being considered helpful in the treatment of cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy. Studies on animals have revealed that it may alleviate nausea symptoms caused by chemotherapy drugs. Other tests have shown it may offset side effects such as hair loss and the decrease in the number of white blood cells. It seems that maitake detoxifies the liver of the toxins induced by chemotherapy medication. Side effects of consuming maitake are mild and usually include diarrhea, dizziness and asthma.

The formula also consists of reishi and chaga mushrooms which can help stimulate the immune system as well as having anti-cancer activity. Cordyceps is popular in Asia but less known in western cultures. Preliminary studies on this herb have shown it may reduce tumors and increase stamina.

The formulation has not been researched by scientists although the active ingredients have each been tested either in vitro, on animals or sometimes even on humans. The product is not evaluated by the FDA either as it is a dietary supplement.

The producer recommends an intake of one capsule once or twice daily. Therefore a 60-capsule bottle should last for one or two months, depending on your daily dose. Gaia Herbs advises pregnant or lactating women against taking the product. Moreover, a healthcare specialist should be consulted if you suffer from an illness or are taking medication.

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  • One month’s supply costs around $10-$15 (one capsule per day) and $20-$30 (two capsules per day), which recommends it as an affordable to moderately expensive product
  • Many online retailers offer discounts
  • You can replace the product or be refunded by the producer
  • The ingredients have generally been well-researched


  • The herbs in the formula might interfere with other drugs you are taking, like diabetes and anticoagulant medication
  • The product should not be taken by pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers
  • There are not so many online customer testimonials


Maitake Defense seems to be a potent and fast acting formula for boosting the immune system. It contains active ingredients like the traditionally used maitake and reishi mushrooms, which are relatively well researched by scientists although further clinical trials on humans would be advisable. All these recommend the product as being effective. Maitake Defense does not have so many online consumer reviews, although the ones we found are generally positive. We recommend asking for advice from a healthcare practitioner because it may be possible for some of the herbs should not be used in some medical conditions or may interact with other drugs.

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