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Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushroom

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.

Mushroom Consumption Stats


Health Benefits

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.

Turkey Tail is a powerhouse mushroom with many benefits. Try our double extract Turkey Tail tincture or make your own Turkey Tail tea.


  • I’m finding that these mushrooms have unusual names, it certainly makes them sound appealing and that’s not even considering the benefits that they bring. I love tea, so the Turkey Tail tea that you mentioned certainly interests me. You really cannot go wrong with the cancer-fighting and gut-nourishing properties of the Turkey Tail mushroom.

  • Like Aaron, I’m curious about where I could even buy this. If there are specialty mushrooms growing in my area, would I have a better chance of finding them at a local foods store than a bigger chain?

  • I really love that this one has prebiotics and is a digestive aid, and also has those immune-boosting properties. Can you suggest any other mushrooms that have digestive-boosting properties? I know some folks who could use the help with that, and I want to be able to suggest something to them.

  • I’ve never heard of turkey tail mushrooms. In a the store I usually only see one type of mushroom available to purchase. Is this mushroom available to purchase through any grocery stores and will it lose its health benefits if cooked and added to recipes like soups and pastas? I don’t drink much tea so I don’t think I could consume it like that.

  • I am now going to have to try this mushroom as a tea just because of the name. If anyone asks I’m going to have so much fun telling them and seeing the look on their faces.


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