Health Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushroom*
The common names of mushrooms often clue you into what they look like. Turkey Tail mushroom is no exception. A beautiful and colorfully striped mushroom, it really does look like the plume feathers of a wild turkey. Their species name is versicolor, and they’re known for having repeating bands of color, from white and brown to blue and gray. Beyond their appearance, there are plenty of health benefits of Turkey Tail mushroom.* Here’s a rundown of some of the best-known ones. But first, let’s talk about its deep history.
The history of Turkey Tail
In China, Turkey Tail has been used for seven centuries. In fact, herbalists in China long ago used more than 120 different types — they were well-versed in the health benefits of Turkey Tail mushroom.* Traditionally, Turkey Tail is consumed as a simple tea, or what we might call a mushroom broth today. Back then, it was used to support the immune system and liver health, in addition to the upper respiratory, digestive and urinary tracts.* Here are four of the health benefits of Turkey Tail mushroom:*
1. Immune health*
Turkey Tail is the most-researched mushroom in the world. It contains two specific polysaccharides, PSP (polysaccharide peptide) and PSK (polysaccharide K). PSK and PSP 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 have antioxidant qualities.*
3. Adaptogenic qualities*
The health benefits of Turkey Tail mushroom don’t stop there: It’s also a mushroom with adaptogenic qualities, meaning it can support a healthy response to stress.*
4. Digestive health*
Turkey Tail and other mushrooms contain prebiotic fiber, which helps feed the healthy flora that resides within your digestive tract.* Much of your immune system lives in your gut, so Turkey Tail supports both.* Those are four of the health benefits of Turkey Tail mushroom.* Turkey Tail also happens to be one of the 10 mushrooms in our Daily 10 Tincture for Immunity and Health.*
How to Get the Health Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushroom*While you could certainly make your own Turkey Tail “tea” or tincture, an easier way is to simply take our Mush 10 products daily. Here are some of our favorite ways to use these, to help get the health benefits of Turkey Tail mushroom.*
- Add the powder to morning oatmeal, chia pudding, or an acai bowl.
- Stir the tincture into green juice, a tropical smoothie or a cup of chai tea.
- Drop a serving into your morning latte with a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg for sweetness.
- Add one serving per portion to energy balls or no-bake granola bars.
- Stir the powder into yogurt or sprinkle onto a PBJ.
- Add the powder to your avocado toast or stir into tahini for a novel take on breakfast
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