Turkey tail mushrooms are also considered as an adaptogen, which means that they help to balance the body and increase its resilience against stressors. They also contain unique polysaccharides called PSK (polysaccharide-K) and Polysaccharide-Peptide (PSP) which give it potent immunomodulatory (help modulate the function of the immune system) and anticancer properties.
- Antioxidant: High in phenols and flavonoids, Turkey Tail helps to fight free radicals.
- Immune system regulation: Depending on whether the immune system is overactive or underactive, Turkey Tail can act accordingly, bringing the immune cells back into balance. This makes Turkey Tail an adaptogen. It also has high levels of selenium, vitamin D, and vitamin B3, which are crucial for boosting and maintaining immunity.
- Anti-cancer & anti-tumor effects: Although most of the mushrooms have anticancer properties, Turkey Tail seems to trump them all. It contains two specific polysaccharides called PSK and PSP which have been approved as a prescription drug for cancer treatment in Japan.
- Insulin & glucose regulation: It has the ability to regulate enzymes and genes involved in diabetes and insulin resistance.
Find more about this and other mushrooms on my article The Wonderful World of Mushrooms.