Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushroom
Health Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushroom (Trametes Versicolor)
Traditional health solutions are now becoming an option for people who no longer trust scientific medicine for its toxicity and side effects. Natural medicine is more of an ancient way and it is being brought back in the 21st century. Simply because it is effective, does not harm the body as well as poses no side effects.
The Turkey Tail (TT) mushroom is a fine example of a superfood with natural medicinal properties. It was explored way back in 200 BCE by the Han Dynasty and in the 15th century by the Ming Dynasty. But what exactly are the health benefits of the TT mushroom?
More people are now consuming all kinds of mushrooms for its health benefits. Below is a data chart representing the consumption of mushrooms in the US from 2009 – 2017 in pounds* as represented by Statista.
TT mushrooms contain an extensive variety of flavonoid and phenol antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that can help inhibit or reduce cells damage caused by oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between antioxidants and free radicals. Free radicles are unstable molecules. This makes the mushroom an anti-cancer component.
TT mushrooms contain polysaccharopeptides which possess powerful immune-boosting properties. Particularly, they promote immune response by activating and inhibiting different types of immune cells. It also reduces inflammation.
The mushroom improves the immune system in certain cancer patients. It also contains a polysaccharide called Coriolus versicolor glucan (CVG) responsible for suppressing certain tumors hence a cancer fighter
Turkey tail is important for your digestive system. Your gut requires a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria critical to maintaining a steady immune system. The mushroom contains prebiotics which helps nourish your gut bacteria keeping your digestive system healthy.
Wild Mushrooms Over Cultivated Ones
Wild mushrooms are more expensive compared to cultivated ones. The reason is simple. Wild mushrooms use all the natural conditions of its surrounding to grow. Therefore, have abundant components for health benefits.
On the contrary, growth for cultivated mushrooms is enhanced, thus not grown under its natural conditions. The result is a mushroom with limited medicinal properties.
Modern herbalists extract the different components from the mushroom and provides them in their concentrated form through tinctures. Tinctures are easy to ingest either directly or through teas.