"Hen of the woods?" More like Hero of the Woods! Maitake mushroom is like a tune-up for your insides. Like all medicinal mushrooms, the beta d-Glucans stimulate macrophage activity to attack pathogens and rogue cells. As a natural source of alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, Maitake can help balance blood sugar levels. Plus, it may alleviate symptoms of inflammation and help your body defend against injury-related inflammation.