Turkey Tail (Trametes Versicolor) is native to Europe, Asia, and North America. Turkey Tails have long been used to support immune health, in Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Native American herbalism. Turkey Tail grows naturally in many types of forests, although it is primarily found throughout mixed hardwood deciduous forests. Turkey Tail is a famous polypore mushroom, whose shape and swirling variegated colors resemble the tail of a wild turkey, has recently garnered a lot of public attention due to studies that demonstrate its ability to support immune function and gut health.
Known health benefits of Turkey Tail Mushroom:
- Immune Support: Krestin (PSK), Polysaccharide Peptide (PSP) & other compounds that act as immunomodulators that help regulate the immune system
- Fights Cancer Cells: PolysaccharideK (PSK) is the best known active compound in turkey tail mushrooms. In Japan, PSK is an approved mushroom product used to treat cancer. PSK has been studied in patients with gastric cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and lung cancer. It has been used as adjuvant therapy in thousands of cancer patients since the mid-1970s. PSK has been safely used in people for a long time in Japan and few side effects have been reported.
- Gut, Digestion & Liver health: Rich in prebiotic fibers, these fermented ingredients promote gut health by supporting various functions of your gastrointestinal microbiota. Feeding probiotics with prebiotics (such as turkey tail) could improve the absorption of other nutrients—like vitamin B12, vitamin D, and some minerals—while also reducing the risk of digestive illnesses like IBS, Crohn’s disease, colitis, and many other well-known gut imbalances to boot. Turkey tail has been traditionally used to treat hepatitis ( liver inflammation), detoxify & reduce oxidative liver stress.
- Super Adaptogens: Known to help the body adapt to or resist things that cause stress (psychological, physical, and environmental).
- Rich in Antioxidants: These mushrooms scavenge free radicals in the body, thereby slowing cellular oxidation and breakdown. This means less inflammation, less experience with chronic disease, and even healthier, more graceful aging.