Turkey tail mushroom is one of the most well known of all medicinal mushrooms. It has a history of being used in traditional medicines and symbolises longevity and health. This mushroom is packed full of antioxidants, that can help reduce damage in the body caused by oxidative stress. In particular, phenols and flavonoids are antioxidants in turkey tail that promote a healthy immune system by reducing inflammation and encouraging the release of protective compounds.
Immune System support
Turkey tail is probably best known for its powerful immune support properties, especially in Asia. It is high in the protein bound polysaccharides PSK and PSP – types of polysaccharopeptides. These compounds are believed to be responsible for the mushrooms immune boosting properties – enhancing the effects of natural killer cells in the immune system that protect the body against viruses and bacteria. Some studies have demonstrated that PSP increases a type of white blood cell that fights infection and boosts immunity, called monocytes. Dendritic cells promote immunity to toxins and regulate immune response, these cells are stimulated by PSK. This polysaccharopeptide also activates macrophages, special cells that protect the body from harmful bacteria.
These mushrooms feed the good bacteria in the gut, as they contain prebiotics which assist the microbiome. They are particularly beneficial to anyone suffering from diseases such as Crohn’s or IBS. Nutrients are better absorbed when there is a smoother digestion process, as well as enhancing the elimination of toxins, increased vitality and healthy weight loss.
We suggest taking 0.5 to 2 grams of our Turkey Tail / Coriolus versicolor mushroom extract per day, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.