Turkey Tail Spagyric (Trametes versicolor) in 50mL lightproof anti-drip infinity bottle
15 drops, 2-3x per day
Turkey tail is one of the most commonly occurring mushrooms in the forests of North America. With such a wide array of color and texture displays, it’s no wonder this polypore’s identity often eludes the casual observer. With 2 main forms of fruit bodies, you can find this mushroom both “concheate” (shell-like and stacked) or “resupinate” (wrapping and clinging). The texture on the topside of these fruits can be anywhere from non-descript to a dramatically fuzzy mycoscape. But to really top things off… these showy, brilliant, and ubiquitous mushrooms, which are probably helping to decay a stump in your backyard right now, contain a wealth of natural products.
Best known for its anti-cancer claims, these bracket mushrooms are chock full of protein-bound molecules known as polysaccharide K (PSK) and polysaccharide P (PSP) that are soluble in water. Studies into this mushroom are ongoing, including a $5.4 million prostate cancer study done through Bastyr University and the National Institutes of Health.* Extracts from turkey tail mushrooms have been shown to reduce inflammation, fight viral infections such as herpes and hepatitis, reduce the growth of tumors and prevent new ones from forming.* Additional studies have shown that when taken before or after treatment, turkey tail can lessen the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation in cancer patients.*
In addition to the potential immune benefits, this little powerhouse also contains ergosterol, a pro-vitamin potentially becoming D2 once a little UV light is added. Ergosterol is also a basic building block for hormone production. Ergosterol peroxide has been shown in cellular trials to be immunosuppressive, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, trypanocidal, and antitumor. Betulinic acid, also present in these mushrooms has anti-retroviral, anti-malarial, and anti-inflammatory potentials. Betulin, an anti-tumor agent, has been shown in studies to play a role in the regulation of cholesterol, blood glucose, and weight loss.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.