3 Interesting Turkey Tail Mushroom Health Benefits*

3 Interesting Turkey Tail Mushroom Health Benefits*

Turkey Tail is a beautiful and colorful mushroom that resembles its name. When you spot these striped mushrooms in the wild, you’ll be drawn in by their endless bands of color, ranging from white and brown to blue and gray. They truly look like the plumes of a wild turkey when they are proudly spread wide. Curious about Turkey Tail mushroom health benefits?* Let's run down the list of reasons to love this colorful mushroom.

Facts about Turkey Tail Mushroom

If you’re learning to identify mushrooms in their native habitats, you might as well start with Turkey Tail. Brightly colored and usually found in clusters of fuzzy fans, Turkey Tail grows on a variety of hardwood deciduous trees.

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  1. They are native to Europe, Asia and North America, so you may be able to spot some on your next hike or trail run through a forest near you!
  2. Its Latin name is Trametes versicolor (but also known as Coriolus versicolor).
  3. Turkey Tail’s species name translates to “changeable in color” or “of a variety of colors.”
  4. Trametes translates to “one who is thin,” so this really is a clever name for Turkey Tail!
  5. Turkey Tail is a polypore mushroom, and they hold their spores in tubes.
  6. You really need to extract this mushroom to use it (and reap all the Turkey Tail mushroom health benefits*). They are too tough to chew and aren’t tasty.
  1. The swirling, cloudlike lines of the fan-shaped mushrooms inspired their Chinese name, Yun Zhi, which means “cloud mushroom. “
  2. In Japanese, Turkey Tail mushroom is known as kawaritake, or “mushroom by the river bank.”
  3. Turkey Tail happens to be one of the 10(!) mushrooms in our Mush 10 Powder and Tincture for Immunity and Health.*

The Top 3 Turkey Tail Mushroom Health Benefits*

It’s a neat mushroom, isn’t it? Wait until you read about Turkey Tail health benefits!*

Turkey Tail has been used in China as far back as the Ming Dynasty, which began in the 14th century. Back then, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine used more than 120 strains of Turkey Tail mushroom. In TCM, Turkey Tail is usually consumed as a tea (which is one of the simplest types of herbal extractions). It was traditionally used to support the immune system and liver health, as well as the upper respiratory, digestive and urinary tracts.* In TCM, there’s no shortage of Turkey Tail mushroom health benefits!*

Access all of the health benefits Turkey Tail has to offer with this nourishing Turkey Tail broth recipe!

1. Offers immune support.*

Turkey Tail is the number one most-researched mushroom in the entire world. It contains two specific powerful polysaccharides that have garnered great attention, PSP (polysaccharide peptide) and PSK (polysaccharide K). PSK and PSP both promote a healthy immune system.*

Studies have found that PSK can support the immune system, including T cells that serve as a bridge between the innate and adaptive immune functions.* PSK supports antibody production by B lymphocytes.*

2. Antioxidant properties*

Beyond the beta-glucans and other polysaccharides found in Turkey Tail, the mushroom also contains phenols and flavonoids, which are antioxidants.*

3. Prebiotic fiber

Prebiotic fiber helps feed the healthy flora that resides within our digestive tract.* Turkey Tail and other mushrooms contain plenty of this type of fiber. Since so much of your immune system lives in your gut, Turkey Tail supports them both.*

Those are the top three Turkey Tail mushroom health benefits — which one is your favorite? Follow our Instagram and keep the conversation about Turkey Tail going!

Want to integrate Turkey Tail into your daily routine? It’s easy, with our best-selling Mush 10. Add a dropper of tincture to your hot cocoa, tea or water. Or stir a scoop of powder into your smoothie or juice. Both are made with 100% organic mushroom fruiting bodies — no fillers, grains or fluff!

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