Amazing Turkey Tail Mushroom Benefits You Won’t Believe
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What can adding turkey tail mushroom to your health and wellness routine do for you? For starters, it may help fight cancer growth. Find out more here.
In fact, the Egyptians associated mushrooms with immortality and called them “sons of the gods.” They believed mushrooms like turkey tail were sent to earth on lightning bolts by the Storm God Set.
Discover some of the most impressive benefits of turkey tail mushroom in this guide. Then read on to learn how to use it at home.
What Is Turkey Tail Mushroom?
The medical term for turkey tail mushroom is
Yunzhi is easily recognizable by its bands of white, gray, brown, black, blue, and red concentric circles that fan outwards in frilly layers. This gives it the appearance of a turkey tail.
The mushroom can be found in abundance in woodlands in Asia and Europe. It grows in clusters on the sides of fallen trees.
Health Benefits Of Turkey Tail Mushroom
Turkey tail is an excellent source of unique antioxidants and prebiotic fiber. It may help fight cancer, boost digestive health, and lower blood sugar levels.
May fight cancer
The key cancer-fighting components of this mushroom are Polysaccharide Peptide (PSP) and Polysaccharide-K (
PSP works mainly as a biological response modifier. It stimulates the body’s immune system to target and attack “oncoviruses” (tumor viruses). Examples include the Hepatitis C virus that causes liver cancer and the Human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer.
A 2012 study found that using
The study, which analyzed the results of 13 clinical trials, found a 9% reduction in 5-year mortality in the group that took
Supports digestive health
Turkey tail contains prebiotic fiber to help enhance gut health. Prebiotics are the “
Other health benefits of prebiotics include increased calcium absorption, decrease allergy risk, and improved immune system defense.
Stabilizes blood sugar levels
Because it contains a good source of prebiotic fiber and antioxidants, turkey tail can help stabilize blood sugar levels.
Fiber helps slow down blood glucose dumping
Research shows that the polysaccharopeptides in medicinal mushrooms contain antihyperglycemic properties that may help prevent type 2 diabetes. They work by improving glucose transit and decreasing oxidative stress to reduce inflammation.
How Is Turkey Tail Used In TCM?
According to Physician Lim Sock Ling, “From a
It’s commonly used in treatments for the following conditions:
- Chronic hepatitis
- Chronic bronchitis
- Convulsive bronchitis
- Complementary cancer management
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Turkey tail vs. other medicinal mushrooms
Each medicinal mushroom has different properties that benefit different organ systems. Here are some examples:
Shiitakecan benefit heart health, blood pressure,and cholesterol levels
- Chaga helps lower LDL and slow the growth of cancer
- Lion’s mane supports brain health
- Reishi (also known as Lingzhi) helps with depression, sleep, and immunity. It contains anti-cancer properties like turkey tail.
- Cordyceps boosts energy and enhances athletic performance. This is different from turkey tail.
Turkey Tail Mushroom Safety Precautions
Some people may experience digestive symptoms like gas, bloating, and dark stools when taking turkey tail mushrooms.
When used as a cancer treatment alongside chemotherapy, side effects may include nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. Another potential side effect is the darkening of the fingernails.
Always be sure to consult your doctor or a registered TCM physician before taking turkey tail. He or she will work with you to determine the best way to take it. Never try to self-medicate.
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- International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. 2020. Extracellular Polysaccharopeptides from Fermented Turkey Tail Medicinal Mushroom, Trametes versicolor (Agaricomycetes), Mitigate Oxidative Stress, Hyperglycemia, and Hyperlipidemia in Rats with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
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