Turkey Tail mushroom is a super immune booster that has been used for centuries in both conventional and herbal medicine thanks to its myriad health benefits, mainly enhancing the immune response and fighting cancer.
So-called for its striated, fan-like appearance Turkey Tail mushroom (Trametes Versicolor or Coriolus Versicolor) can be found growing in the wild worldwide and is commonly consumed as a tea, chopped up in food or as an easy-to-take extract in over-the-counter supplements. We source our wild Turkey Tail extract from China’s unspoilt Changbai (ever white) Mountains.
3 immune-boosting benefits of Turkey Tail mushroom
1. Protects against cancer
Turkey Tail mushroom is commonly used to complement traditional therapies, such as chemotherapy, as it is a natural remedy for certain types of cancer. It is particularly beneficial in colon cancer, breast cancer and gastric cancer. It works by encapsulating pathogens, turning them water-soluble so that they can be excreted.
Turkey Tail mushrooms contain two types of polysaccharopeptide, Peptide (PSP) and Krestin (PSK), which have therapeutic values that boost the immune system. These protein-bound polysaccharides may help to ward off cancer by reducing inflammation and inhibiting cancer cell growth.
PSK is well documented for its anti-tumour activity, although further research is required to explain the exact mechanism that enables it.
PSP works by increasing monocytes. These are a type of white blood cell formed in the bone marrow before transferring to the bloodstream, where they fight infection. They also work with other types of white blood cells to remove damaged or dead cells and fight cancer cells. Research has also shown that PSP has the potential to stimulate the immune system.
Another type of polysaccharide found in Turkey Tail mushrooms, Coriolus Versicolor Glucan (CVG), was shown to reduce the size of tumours during a clinical study on mice. Researchers believe the success was owed to CVG’s immunomodulation, which can improve the immune response.
2. An antioxidant powerhouse
Turkey Tail mushroom is packed with antioxidants, compounds that can help inhibit and reduce oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is caused by free radicals present in the environment, contributing to ageing by causing cellular damage and chronic inflammation. Antioxidative stress is thought to be a contributing factor for some cancers and heart disease.
The antioxidants found in Turkey Tail mushrooms are flavonoids and phenols that help the immune system reduce inflammation.
3. Maintain a healthy gut
Mushrooms are a source of fibre which is essential for digestive health. Plus, Turkey Tail mushrooms contain prebiotics that feeds the healthy bacteria in the gut.
Research has shown that Turkey tail mushroom increases healthy levels, such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus, while reducing harmful types of bacteria, such as Staphylococcus.
As mentioned before, a healthy gut helps prevent disease and supports the immune system.
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