According to the scientists, this is not the first time maitake has been investigated for its medicinal properties, though most studies have been in animals.
Although the effects found in the current study have not been shown in people, from their data, the scientists suggest that maitake is “a safe and edible mushroom but may have fewer side effects than the currently used antidepressants”.
While patients could potentially just eat maitake as a food supplement to help treat depression, this discovery of an antidepressant effect of maitake, they say, also opens the door for the development of effective and safe drugs for the symptoms of major depressive disorder.
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