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Turkey tail mushroom benefits

August 31, 2022

Health benefits of turkey tail mushroom

The turkey tail mushroom is one of the most studied medicinal mushrooms in the world. This beautiful, wild-growing fungus is known in both traditional Eastern medicine and recent scientific studies for its host of health benefits and its particularly powerful effects on the immune system. Turkey tail mushroom contains high levels of nutrients, including antioxidants and immune-boosting compounds. And its purported benefits include everything from boosting gut health and cardiovascular health to fighting cancer. 

Turkey tail mushroom history

The turkey tail mushroom is a type of medicinal mushroom harvested around the world. It grows on the dead bark of hardwood trees and resembles a turkey tail — hence its name: a flat, fluted fungus with distinctive stripes in hues of brown, grey, tan, and white. The turkey tail mushroom has a thick, leathery texture that makes it unpleasant to eat in its whole form. Instead, it’s typically consumed in the form of powder or tea. 

Turkey tail mushrooms have a long history in traditional Eastern medicine and are known for their immune system benefits. In traditional Chinese medicine, turkey tail mushroom is often brewed into tea to fight infections, strengthen the immune system and boost energy. You can also find turkey tail mushrooms in a host of dietary supplement products, including capsules and tinctures. 

Turkey tail mushroom benefits 


Turkey tail mushrooms contain a wide range of antioxidants, including beneficial phenols and flavonoids, which can help prevent oxidative stress and cell damage in the body. Studies have shown that turkey tail mushrooms contain as many as 35 different phenolic compounds and multiple flavonoids. Phenols and flavonoids both contribute to immune system function and overall health. 

Immune-boosting compounds

In addition to antioxidants, turkey tail mushrooms contain polysaccharopeptide, a type of polysaccharide or carbohydrate with powerful immune-boosting properties. Turkey tail mushrooms contain at least two types of polysaccharopeptide: krestin and polysaccharide peptide. Read more:

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