Turkey tail mushrooms are multicolored fungi that grow on tree trunks and fallen trees in wooded areas. They are plentiful in various parts of the world, including the United States.
These mushrooms have a disc-like shape and varying colors. Their overall appearance may resemble that of a turkey’s tail.
For centuries, people have used these mushrooms — also known as Trametes versicolor or Coriolus versicolor — as a health supplement. In traditional Chinese medicine, people use turkey tail extract (Yun zhi) as a treatment for respiratory conditions.
Turkey tail extract appears to cause few, if any, adverse effects. However, a person should always consult a doctor before taking it and only purchase a purified version from a reputable source.
1. Packed With Antioxidants
Turkey tail extract contains a wide variety of phenol and flavonoid antioxidants which help promote your immune system health by reducing inflammation and stimulating the release of protective compounds.
2. Contains Immune-Boosting Polysaccharopeptides
PSK and PSP are powerful polysaccharopeptides found in turkey tail mushrooms that may strengthen the health of your immune system.
3. May Improve Immune Function in People With Certain Cancers
Turkey tail mushrooms contain components such as PSK and CVG that may suppress the growth of certain types of cancers.
4. 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.
5. May Enhance Gut Health
Turkey tail mushroom may positively impact gut bacterial balance by enhancing the growth of beneficial bacteria while suppressing harmful species.
1. Turkey tail mushroom extract is applied in food field, because of its high uptake values, more and more people start to eat it;
2. Applied in health product field, to be made into tablets, granules and injection, which is able to improve immunity;
3. Applied in pharmaceutical field, treating and persisting chronic bronchitis.