turkey tail mushroom


Turkey tail mushroom is best known to stimulate immune function and reduce inflammation. It has a long history of use in Asia among practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, who used formulations of turkey tail to promote general health, strength and longevity. (study)

Part used Mushroom
Use The turkey tail mushroom is best served as a tea or taken in powder form as an extract or in a capsule
Benefits Prevents and Treats the Common Cold and Flu

  • The turkey tail mushroom has long been known to stave off any infection and has been shown to modulate the immune system, helping fight infections, illness and diseases (study)

Contains Immune-Boosting Polysaccharopeptides

  • Krestin (PSK) and Polysaccharide Peptide (PSP) are two types of polysaccharopeptides found in turkey tails (study) that possess powerful immune-boosting properties. Studies have demonstrated that PSP increases monocytes (study). In addition, PSK activates macrophages (study). Due to their ability to naturally strengthen the immune system, PSP and PSK are commonly used as anticancer agents (study)

Anti-cancer properties

  • Can Offer Support to Chemo Patients: Turkey tail mushrooms may help cancer patients who are going through chemotherapy by building the immune system up to better handle the weakness that chemotherapy often causes  (study)
  • May Improve Immune Function in People With Certain Cancers: Research has demonstrated that turkey tail mushrooms may have antitumor properties, thought to be related to its immune-boosting effects (stufy1, study2study3study4) and provide significant anticancer benefits when used in combination with treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation (study5study6study7).
  • May Enhance the Efficacy of Certain Cancer Treatments: Several research studies have demonstrated that turkey tail mushroom enhances the efficacy of both chemotherapy and radiation in people with certain cancers including breast cancer, gastric cancer or colorectal cancer (study), stomach cancer (study) and breast cancer (study)
  • May Help Combat Cancer: Turkey tail may help significantly improve survival from cancer according to a research review done by the National Cancer Institute. Further research shows that medicinal disease-fighting mushrooms like turkey tail can be natural immune-enhancing and anticancer treatments. (study)

Aids in Digestion

  • The mycelium in the mushroom is what may help you have a smoother digestion process when supplementing with turkey tail mushroom. The mushroom contains perfect prebiotics that assist the microbiome and help maintaining a strong immune system. Studies have shown consuming turkey tail mushroom led to beneficial changes in gut bacteria and suppressed the growth of the possibly problematic E. coli and Shigella bacteria (study)  as well as reducing potentially harmful bacteria, such as Clostridium and Staphylococcus (study).

May Help Patients with HIV/AIDS: Turkey tail has antibacterial and antioxidant properties and an extract of the turkey tail mushroom has been noted as an antiviral agent that may prevent the replication of the HIV virus. (study)

May reduce inflammation: Turkey tail is loaded with antioxidants, such as flavonoids and phenols that may reduce inflammation

Has antibacterial qualities:  A study showed turkey tail extract inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella enterica, bacteria that can cause illness and infection

May improve athletic performance: A study showed that turkey tail extract improved exercise performance and reduced fatigue.

May improve insulin resistance: A study demonstrated that turkey tail extract significantly reduced blood sugar levels and improved insulin resistance


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