Turkey Tail ( Coriolus versicolor or Trametes versicolor)
USE TURKEY TAIL TO: Treat the common cold and flu Aid digestion Help heal infections
Turkey tail earned its name due to the mushroom’s fan shape, which resembles the tail end of Thanksgiving’s favorite bird. Its Latin name means “of several colors ,” which is also fitting, as this mushroom can be identified by the concentric circles of varying colors that appear on its fruiting body.
Like many other mushrooms, turkey tail is full of polysaccharides and triterpenes that give it its immuno-modulating properties, providing overall immune support and regulation. But what sets turkey tail apart are two of its unique beta- glucans: PSK and PSP.
PSK has received national media attention for its anticancer properties. PSK and PSP in turkey tail have the ability to regenerate white blood cells ( which are necessary to ward off infection) and stimulate the activity and creation of T- cells, macrophages, and natural killer ( NK) cells, enabling the immune system to once again ward off and destroy pathogens. PSK is the best- selling anticancer drug in Japan, and is used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Editor’s Product Pick: Host Defense Turkey Tail