Turkey Tail is a very common foraging find here in the damp and rotting forests of the west coast. It is a small polypore that grows in clusters on rotting alder, mostly. And it sure is pretty. Perhaps it has gone by unnoticed, but once you understand the medicinal benefits of this fungus, it shines in the woods like the powerful gift it is. Turkey tail mushrooms, are full of polysaccharides, proteins and minerals, vitamins B and D, and anti-microbials. It also contains anti-oxidants, including phenols and flavonoids, namely quercetin and baicalein, which reduce inflammation and stimulate protective compounds. It is an effective immune modulator that boosts immune function and can balance an overactive or underactive immune system. It is also being noted, and well studied for its cancer fighting abilities, and anti-tumor properties. It has shown to support patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. It has also been shown to aid in digestion by feeding the beneficial gut bacteria, prevent and treat colds and flu, HPV and other infections, and even offer support for HIV/Aids patients because of its strong antiviral actions.
- Immune stimulator
- Immune modulator