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8 Ways Turkey Tail Can Enhance Your Immunity

8 Ways Turkey Tail Can Enhance Your Immunity

Turkey Tail 

Turkey tail is a medicinal mushroom that can be commonly found around the world. It has been used for centuries in Asian as natural medicine, but scientific research has proven its benefits, including its ability to boost your immune system, benefit your digestive health, fight infections and help cancer patients. 

If you are interested in upgrading your health, read on about what benefits turkey tail can bring you and how can you include it in your daily diet. 

What Is Turkey Tail?

Turkey tail mushroom, or otherwise referred to as turkey tail fungus, may just be one of the best functional foods and mushrooms out there.

These powerful mushrooms were named after their fall-like palette stripes similar to a turkey’s feathers. Asian cultures have admired its cloud-like patterns, symbolizing longevity, health, spiritual attunement and infinity.

But it’s not their beautiful looks, but their medicinal properties that make them so amazing. They have been brewed as medicinal teas by the Chinese for centuries, becoming particularly popular during the Ming Dynasty in the 15th Century. Turkey tails have also been used by the Japanese who called them kawaritake (cloud mushrooms).

Unlike other super-mushrooms, turkey tails can be commonly found as they grow just about anywhere in the world on dead and fallen trees, branches and stumps. They form a wavy, leather-like, thin and circular structures that some describe as bracket fungi. Turkey tails are part of the polypore family, containing tiny pores that release spores underneath their top.

What Is Turkey Tail Mushroom Good For?

Asian cultures have been using Turkey tail for its medicinal properties for centuries, but current research and modern science has been praising its benefits in the recent years, including its potential to enhance your immune system, aid the remedying of cancer, fight infections and boost your digestion.

Turkey Tail Can Boost Your Immune System (And Fight Cancer)

Turkey tail is a potent mushroom that, according to recent studies, has the potential to increase your immune system. Enhancing your immune system not only means that your body can feel more alive and more effectively prevent or recover from colds and flues, but it can also help in preventing and remedying cancer as a complementary support.

Turkey Tail Can Prevent And Remedy The Common Cold And Flu

Through its potency to help your immune system become strong and more resilient to germs and infections, turkey tail can prevent and remedy the common cold and flu. You may want to make it part of your routine, especially during the fall and winter when bugs tend to go around.

Turkey Tail Can Support Chemotherapy Patients

It is an enormous step that the FDA has actually stood behind turkey tail and conducted clinical trials on the benefits of its extract on those with advanced prostate cancer, those enduring conventional chemo and women with breast cancer who are receiving vaccine treatment. Chemotherapy suppresses your immune system, so while it may kill bad cancer cells, it can weaken your body and make it more susceptible to illness. By supporting your immune system, turkey tail not only can help in combating deadly cancer cells, but also strengthen your body and protect it from new cancer cells.

Turkey Tail May Combat Breast Cancer And Other Forms Of Cancer

Mushrooms, including turkey tail, reishi, maitake, cordyceps and more can naturally enhance your immune system and combat cancer. Researchers have found that turkey tail can boost a woman’s immune system by recognizing the tumor and can also increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy as a result. A 2004 study has found that turkey tail can reduce pain in pancreatic cancer patients and according to a 2011 study can also reduce prostate cancer growth. Researchers studying the topic seem to agree that turkey tail can be an effective complementary part of your cancer treatment.

Turkey Tail Can Aid Your Digestion

Thanks to its prebiotic content, turkey tail can help your microbiome, assist the growth of beneficial bacteria and balance your gut flora. It can soothe your digestive issues, help those with leaky gut and may even aid your weight loss efforts.

Turkey Tail Can Help Those With Chronic Fatigue/ME

Through increasing your immune system and NK cell activity, turkey tail has shown promise in helping those with chronic fatigue/ME. Patients have reported positive results within 2 weeks.

Turkey Tail Can Help With HPV

Turkey tail, like many other mushrooms, can help your body recover from infections, including the human papillomavirus (HPV) and herpes. According to a study, participants with HPV have shown improvements within 2 months of taking turkey tail and reishi mushroom. Another research study has found that turkey tail can reduce the frequency of herpes and can inactivate the herpes simplex virus (HSV).

Turkey Tail May Help Those With HIV/AIDS

Turkey tails, along with other wild medicinal mushrooms, have been found to be helpful in remedying Kaposi’s sarcoma, a specific skin cancer that is often found in HIV/AIDS patients. According to some in-vitro studies, due to its antiviral properties, it can even prevent the replication of the HIV virus.

 

      How Should I Use Turkey Tail?

      There are many ways you can incorporate turkey tail into your diet, from fresh turkey tails to extracts, tinctures and powders. One of the smartest ways to get your turkey tail in is a superfood powder, like Organifi Gold that allows your body to enjoy the benefits of this medicinal mushroom along with other powerful superfoods.

      Fresh Turkey Tail

      You can find turkey tail anywhere in the world if you go mushroom hunting. However, make sure to learn more about mushroom foraging, go with someone knowledgeable and learn more about mushrooms before picking up anything. Using fresh turkey tail mushrooms, you can cook them, make tea out of them and make your own tinctures, powders and extracts even.

      If you are interested to learn more about finding turkey tail or making your own products, there is lots of information dedicated to this topic on the internet and books. If you have a chance, learn from someone knowledgeable about this topic in person as a volunteer, apprentice or friend. Don't be shy, the mushroom hunting community is kind and welcoming.

      Cooked Turkey Tail 

      You can cook turkey tail mushrooms like you would with any other mushrooms. Clean them off, wash them well, then dry them. You can steam, simmer, or sautee them and use them in soups and stews. If you are using powders or extracts, you can make tea, smoothies and juices out of them and even sneak them into baked goods. Be creative and don't be afraid to try new things. 

      Turkey Tail Mushroom Extract

      Turkey tail extracts are more potent than simple turkey tail powders. However, many turkey tail extracts are specialized, known as PSK or PSP. These specialized extracts focus on the single polysaccharides in the mushroom, creating a powerful extract, but excluding many other beneficial compounds. PSK has been found particularly helpful for chemotherapy patients taking 3 mg daily.

      You can find turkey tail mushroom extracts in health food stores and online in a powder or supplement format. 

      Turkey Tail Tincture 

      Turkey tail tinctures are a liquid format you can use to reap the benefits of these medicinal mushrooms. You can add some drops to water, smoothies, juices and other drinks or recipes. You can find them in health food stores and online, or even learn to make your own. While many tinctures are made with alcohol, you can also find alcohol-free varieties on the market.

      Turkey Tail Powder 

      Turkey tail powders are basically a powdered form of dried turkey tail mushrooms. They are not as potent as turkey tail extracts, thought they include most beneficial compounds without specializing in one specific one. Like extracts, they can be found at health food stores and online and can be added to smoothies, juices, shakes, dips, sauces, dishes and baked goods. 

      Organifi Gold Juice 

      Organifi Gold is the newest member of our Organifi family. You will love everything about it: its gorgeous color, delicious taste and superb health benefits. Along with a healthy dose of turkey tail, it includes turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, reishi mushroom, coconut milk, acacia fiber, lemon balm, vanilla and monk fruit. Made with the highest quality, organic, natural and vegan ingredients, it can boost your immune system, fight inflammation, improve your digestion, reduce pain, improve your sleep and boost your brain power.

      Mixed with warm water, Organifi Gold creates a beautiful, delicious and warming fall or winter drink. You can, of course, mix it with cold or room temperature water if you prefer that. Organifi Gold can be added to any smoothie, shake, green juice, raw food, dip, sauce, spread, or baked good recipe in multitudes of creative ways. Just use your imagination or try recipes on our website. 

        Turkey Tail Recipes

        Are you looking for turkey tail recipes? There are so many delicious ways to enjoy turkey tail from teas to smoothies, from juices to soups. The options are endless.

        Turkey Tail Mushroom Tea 

        One of the most common ways to use turkey tail mushrooms is by making delicious teas out of them. Steeping whole or ground mushrooms for a few hours in hot water makes a delicious tea. You can also use other ingredients and for example, make a turmeric - turkey tail tea for inflammation and immunity support.

        Turkey Tail - Turmeric Tea

        • 3/4 cup chopped turkey tail mushroom
        • 4 cups purified water
        • 2 tsp of Organifi Gold 
        • ½ tsp local honey (or maple syrup if you are vegan)
        • 1 tsp of lemon juice

        Instructions:

        1. Chop up the mushrooms into smaller pieces.
        2. Add them to a large pot of water.
        3. Bring the water to boil on the stove top and simmer for about an hour or hour and 15 minutes.
        4. Strain your mixture.
        5. Add your Gold Juice Powder, honey (or maple syrup) and lemon juice. Stir well and enjoy, 

        For more turkey tail recipes, the internet is your best friend. Our website is full of creative recipes that include turkey tail or that turkey tail can be added to.

        You may want to try some recipes with Organifi Gold that has a good dose of turkey tail with other superfoods. Just replace turmeric in these recipes with a scoop of Organifi Gold powder and you are golden (pun intended).

        Frequently Asked Questions

        Q. Are turkey tail mushrooms poisonous?

        A. Turkey tail mushrooms are edible, medicinal mushrooms. 

        Q. How much turkey tail mushroom should I take?

        A. It depends on your personal situation. There is no current evidence on how much turkey tail is the best. Talk to your doctor, naturopath or other healthcare professional and listen to your body. For chemotherapy patients, the general dose is 3 grams of PSK, which is the ingredient that is thought to fight cancer, taken daily.

        Q. Can dogs eat turkey tail mushroom?

        A. Generally speaking, a dog should not eat wild mushrooms, especially because you never know which mushrooms are poisonous. According to the general view, dogs can eat mushrooms that humans can consume, therefore turkey tail should be okay. However, proceed with caution as it may cause upset stomach in some dogs. Talk to your vet to be on the safe side.

        Q. What is turkey tail fungus?

        A. Turkey tail fungus is another commonly used name for turkey tail mushrooms. They are medicinal mushrooms commonly found around the world. 

        Q. What does turkey tail mushroom look like?

        A. Turkey tail mushrooms look like nature's beautiful art. They form wavy, leather-like, thin and circular structures with fall-like palette stripes similar to the tail of a turkey.

          Conclusion

          If you are looking to boost your immune system, fight infections and improve your digestion, you can benefit from making turkey tail part of your diet. It is a potent medicinal mushroom that can be found around the world and cooked in dishes, brewed for a tea and used as a powder, tincture and extract. Turkey tail extracts can especially benefit you if you are undergoing chemo or fighting cancer.

          One of the smartest and most economical ways to use turkey tail is using a superfood powder that includes turkey tail. Organifi Gold is a fantastic superfood powder made with turkey tail and other powerful superfoods, bringing your incredible benefits, including boosting your immune system, fighting inflammation, improving your digestion, reducing pain, improving your sleep and boosting your brain power.

          Mixed with hot water, Organifi Gold creates the most amazing fall or winter drink that you can imagine. You can also mix it with cold or room temperature water and add it to juices, smoothies, dips, sauces and other recipes. Use it on a regular basis to experience its out-of-this-world benefits quickly.

          Try it and make sure to share your experiences with us. We always love hearing your success stories.

          And remember, we're in this together.

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