Four Sigma Foods 101 – Turkey Tail
Posted on 19th September 2012, by Mikko.

Four Sigma Foods 101 – Turkey Tail


This very common mushroom can be found in almost every corner of the world. It is formally known as Coriolus versicolor and Polyporus versicolor. In English, the mushroom is most commonly called turkey tail, because of its resemblance to the tail of a wild turkey.

Today it is the best-selling anti-cancer drug on the Japanese market

Polysaccharide K (PSK) and polysaccharide-peptide (PSP) are two important substances extracted from turkey tail. As early as the 1980s, the Japanese government accepted the use of PSK in treatment of several types of cancer. Today it is the best-selling anti-cancer drug on the Japanese market, and is used there in combination with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Why to Use Turkey Tail

Various studies have demonstrated turkey tail’s anti-cancer activity. Its protein-bound polysaccharides are reported to be effective immune system regulators. Turkey tail has also been shown to enhance white blood cell activity in scavenging toxins and destroying pathogens. Another of turkey tail’s distinctive features is its usefulness in treating human papillomavirus infection.

How to Use Turkey Tail

The most common ways to use turkey tail are as a powdered extract (as a loose powder or in capsules) and as a liquid extract.

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Where to Buy Turkey Tail

Turkey tail products are somewhat difficult to find in America and Europe; look for them in larger health food stores, or smaller specialized shops. In Asia, turkey tail is more common, with most local health food stores carrying it. Every practitioner of Chinese traditional medicine keeps some turkey tail on hand. Like most superfoods, turkey tail can easily be purchased though webstores such as iHerb.com and vitacost.com.

Fundi Perfecti Turkey Tail | The mushroom that cured Paul Stamets’ mother’s cancer.

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