Powdered Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) Extract
One of the first medicinal mushrooms we introduced at RAW Forest Foods, our Turkey Tail Powdered Extract is made using only select wild-harvested Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) fungi from strict ecological sources.
Our Cloud Mushroom Turkey Tail Extract has been standardized to contain a 40% concentration of the medicinal polysaccharides present in the fungi, including the clinically relevant and researched compounds PSK, PSP, and VPS.
We decided to offer Turkey Tail because of the traditional and modern uses of it, which in our opinion make it a particularly useful medicinal mushroom in helping to protect and guard against the increased rates of certain diseases prevalent in modern society.
Western, scientific research into Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) has shown:
- Improved immune system response;
- Specific actions against breast, prostate, and other cancers;
- Possibly protection from radiation and healing radiation-induced cellular mutations;
- Anti-microbial (including anti-viral) properties;
- For more information about the researched benefits of Turkey Tail, scroll down.*
In Traditional and Classical Chinese Medicine, Turkey Tail (known as (Yun Zhi) is seen to manifest its therapeutic actions in the Spleen, Lung, and Liver meridians.
It does so by invigorating the Spleen and eliminating dampness, replenishing Jing (essence) and Qi (vital energy), all through its use as a general tonic and in regulating immune functions. Turkey Tail is considered to be sweet and bland in flavors and slightly cold in nature (perfect for balancing warming or hot Qi tonics).
Each Pouch Contains:
- 43 servings;
- 1.5 grams of Turkey Tail Extract (40% polysaccharides) per serving;
- 65 grams total of Cloud Mushroom Turkey Tail Extract.
The RAW Forest Foods Difference
- Ethically and ecologically wild-harvested Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) fungi for optimum potency;
- A dual-stage, standardized extract providing a 40% Polysaccharide content;
- Ready to use, no further preparation is needed;
- No fillers, no drying agents, and never irradiated;
- Packaged and select manufactured in a certified organic, domestic FDA cGMP facility;
- RAW Forest Foods is the premier pro-androgenic and tonic herb company.
RAW Forest Foods' Cloud Mushroom Turkey Tail is a standardized powdered extract, with a 40% polysaccharide content, including the important PSK, PSP, and VPS polysaccharides, which are responsible for some of the benefits of Turkey Tail.
Our Turkey Tail is ethically and ecologically wild-harvested to ensure a clean product and the preservation of ecology. This product has never been irradiated. The active medicinal constituents present in Turkey Tail have been identified as possessing anti-tumor, anti-microbial, immunomodulating, anti-oxidant, and anti-malaria properties.* The far-reaching effects can help to improve and enhance health and protect against a wide variety of diseases.*
Overview of Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)
Turkey Tail mycota (mushrooms/fungi) are one of the top medicinal mushrooms in the world, with extensive traditional use and current medical research supporting the health-promoting attributes of the mushroom. Research in the use of Turkey Tail as an anti-cancer agent has bloomed recently, driven in part by the funding of research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) into the uses of Trametes versicolor as an adjunct therapy for breast cancer treatment.
The Turkey Tail fungi go by several names, including its Latin botanical name Trametes versicolor, Coriolus versicolor, and its traditional Chinese herbalism name Yun Zhi (Ý__ / _©µ¬©ÒÜÎ), which poetically translates to the "Cloud Mushroom." Because of the many positive attributes of this mushroom, we have chosen to employ the name Cloud Mushroom for our Turkey Tail Mushroom, because it better embodies all that this fungus has to offer.
Turkey Tail is one of the most common fungi to be found in the woods in temperate forests throughout the world. The common name originates from the banding pattern on the fruiting bodies that resembles (in miniature, of course) the tail of a strutting turkey. The colors of the bands can be quite variable, depending on the genetics of the organism and its environment. Most of the bands are dark to light brown in color, alternating with light colored bands of white to tan, with still more bands of blue, orange, maroon, and other. The can be strikingly beautiful and are among the most easily found fungi.
Turkey Tail has a widespread distribution, having been found in nearly every state in the United States and in most other countries. It grows almost anywhere there are trees and can be found in large clusters. However, in its wild, raw state, it is very difficult to extract any beneficial effects from it. Traditionally, tea would be made by boiling the fungi for several hours (similar in preparation to Chaga), and it would only contain a fraction of the beneficial chemicals the mushroom contains. This is why we offer a potent, prepared Turkey Tail extract, providing the most effective benefits possible.
Folklore remedies of Turkey Tail include the treatment of lung and liver infections. In China, Turkey Tail has been used as a preventive and curative agent for liver infections and liver cancer. In Japan, it is considered a panacea for a variety of cancers. Overall, the mycelium and fruiting body of the mushroom is considered an immune stimulant and is believed to have anticarcinogenic activity.
Polysaccharides, Cancer, and Viruses
Turkey Tail mushrooms are one of the most thoroughly researched and respected of the known medicinal mushrooms and fungi. They are medically significant for many reasons but are most popularly known as being the natural source of the anti-cancer polysaccharide PSK. PSK (polysaccharide K) is a high molecular weight carbohydrate found in fruit and, in higher concentrations, in the mycelium of Turkey Tail. Preliminary evidence indicates PSK has anticancer activity in vitro, in vivo, and in human clinical trials. Preliminary research has also demonstrated that PSK may inhibit various cancer onset mechanisms. Our Cloud Mushroom Turkey Tail Extract has been standardized to contain 40% of the active polysaccharides (including PSK) present in the fungi.
Research has indicated that PSK, a polysaccharide present in Turkey Tail Extract, has beneficial promise as an adjuvant therapy in the treatment of gastric, esophageal, colorectal, breast, and lung cancers, and human clinical trials suggest PSK can reduce cancer recurrence when used as an adjuvant therapy.* Research has demonstrated the mushroom can inhibit certain human cancer cell lines in vitro, and further in vitro studies have shown that PSK may also inhibit cancer cell proliferation.*
The United States’ to- ranked cancer hospital MD Anderson has reported that Turkey Tail is a "promising candidate for chemoprevention due to the multiple effects on the malignant process, limited side effects and safety of daily oral doses for extended periods of time." It is one of the mushrooms known in Eastern traditions as the "mushroom of immortality" and a "medicine of kings." known to boost the immune system, fight cancer, prevent heart disease, calm the nervous system, and relieve allergies and inflammation.*
Research (both in the US and internationally) has validated the unique ability of Turkey Tail mushrooms to attract and kill cancer cells.* In addition, it is a potent immune modulator, increasing the production of T helper cells, those cells which direct the immune system. Furthermore, Turkey Tail may help in repairing or removing mutated cells while also strengthening the immune system by increasing T helper cell numbers.
Additionally, Turkey Tail has shown promise as an anti-viral, killing some types of viruses.* Research into the anti-viral properties of Turkey Tail indicates specific actions against Hepatitis C and HPV (Human Papilloma Virus).* Turkey Tail has been the subject of 600 studies and 24 human clinical trials.
Historically, the Turkey Tail fungus was referred to as Yun Zhi in China. The first mention of Yun Zhi was in the Bencao Gangmu (a.k.a. Compendium of Materia Medica), written by Li Shizhen during the Ming Dynasty (1578 CE). The Bencao Gangmu states that Turkey Tail, Yun Zhi, "is beneficial to one's spirit and vital energy and strengthen one's tendon and bone."
Today, in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Turkey Tail is used to used to clear dampness, reduce phlegm, heal pulmonary disorders, strengthen the physique, increase energy and benefit people with chronic diseases (Yang & Yong, 1989, Ying et al., 1987). Furthermore, Turkey Tail is employed by TCM doctors as a useful treatment for infection and/or inflammation of the upper respiratory, urinary and digestive tracts. Turkey Tail is also regarded as curative to liver ailments (including hepatitis B and chronic active hepatitis) and is used to treat general weakness of the immune system (Ying et al., 1987).
Active Medicinal Constituents
The largest US clinical trial on Turkey Tail was performed by Bastyr University, which confirmed the use of Turkey Tail mushrooms in the treatment of several kinds of cancer, including cervical, breast, lung, gastric, colon, sarcoma, carcinoma, esophageal. The same study confirmed the use of Turkey Tail in cases of immunodeficiency, Hepatitis B and C, and Malaria.* In addition to having immunomodulating and anticancerogenic abilities, Turkey Tail has also shown an ability to fight viruses, which is a highly sought after ability in modern medicine.*
Bastyr University isolated the following active medicinal constituents (compounds) in Turkey Tail Extract:
- β-glucan-proteins (Coriolan, PSK): anti-tumor, antiviral, immunomodulating. Polysaccharide K (PSK) is composed of 30% polysaccharide, 6% nitrogen, and 15% protein;
- Ergosterol (pro-vitamin D2) derivatives: antitumor;
- Polysaccharopeptide (PSP): antiviral.
Further Research Findings and References
Turkey Tail, Radiation, and Cell Mutations
The active polysaccharide PSK in Turkey Tail has documented anticancer activity in vitro (in human) clinical trials, and research has also demonstrated that the PSK polysaccharide can reduce mutagen-induced, radiation-induced, and spontaneously-induced cancer development.* This is of particular interest to healthy, "cancer-free" people, as the environment is becoming more and more polluted with radiation (from nuclear power leaks, smart meters, cell phones, et cetera), mutagens, and other cancer-causing factors.*
"The thermography shows the inflammation and degeneration caused by cell phone radiation. Notice the white areas from the ear down the throat to the lungs indicating degeneration and the red areas indicating inflammation - all caused by cellular radiation."
Turkey Tail and Gastric Cancer
A multicentered, randomized clinical trial of 262 gastric cancer patients in Japan resulted in PSK improving the 5-year disease-free rate (p = 0.047) and 5-year survival rate ( P = 0.044) when combined as an adjuvant treatment with standard chemotherapy in patients after curative gastrectomy.
Another clinical study of 579 patients followed for 5 years also supports the use of PSK as an adjuvant immunochemotherapeutic agent for patients who have had a curative gastric resection. Meta-analysis of clinical trials provides evidence of a survival benefit for stage I gastric cancer with PSK.
Turkey Tail and Lung Cancer
A retrospective study of 185 patients with non-small cell lung cancer at stages I through III supports the use of PSK as adjuvant treatment after radiotherapy. The 5-year survival rates of patients were statistically significant.
Turkey Tail and Colorectal Cancer
Two randomized clinical trials found PSK useful as a maintenance therapy for patients following curative surgical operations for colorectal cancer. In both trials, the survival rate of patients was significantly increased ( P < 0.05) probably because of increased immune system response induced by PSK.
Turkey Tail and HIV
An in vitro study with PSP demonstrated antiviral activity against human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infection (HIV-1). The mechanism of action is postulated to include PSK interfering with the binding of HIV-1 to its cellular target. 14 Other in vitro studies in mice suggest a protective effect of PSK against Candida infection mainly through TNF-alpha activity.
Turkey Tail as a cancer chemo-preventative agent
There are several review articles on PSK as a cancer chemo-preventative agent. The effect is postulated to include induction of immunomodulatory cytokines and cytokine receptors as well as antioxidant activity.
The Importance of Medicinal Extracts
All medicinal mushrooms and fungi must be extracted to become bio-available (digestible). Fungi (a.k.a. mushrooms) are composed of a unique polysaccharide called chitin (present in fungi and in the exoskeletons of shellfish). Chitin is not digestible by humans and because of its indigestibility, any nutrients or medicinal compounds present in the fungi are locked away. This is why it is of paramount importance to use mushroom and fungi extracts when using them medicinally.
We prefer dual stage hydroethanolic (hot water and alcohol) powdered standardized extracts for our medicinal mushrooms. This guarantees a known, standardized level of medicinal polysaccharides and ensures the widest spectrum of all other compounds in a ready to use and highly digestible form extracts are the standard in the vast majority of scientific and medical research into specific medicinal fungi and these extracts are what we are proud to offer our customers.
Our Turkey Tail is a dual stage hydroethanolic powdered extract that has been standardized to contain forty (40) percent polysaccharides.
Allergies, Safety, Contraindications, and Drug Interactions
At RAW Forest Foods, we take pride on the quality of our products, and we select individual ingredients in part because we consider them to be very safe, but we cannot make any claims as to how an individual will respond to our products. Humans are unique creatures. We take herbs and herbal medicine seriously and consider them to be serious medicine on par with pharmaceutical drugs. As such, we want every customer to research products and ingredients independently, using sites like Google Scholar and PubMed.
We also encourage people to speak with their primary care practitioner before starting any new supplement regimen (purchased from our company or elsewhere) or other lifestyle change; this is particularly true for those taking any prescription drug(s), have any pre-existing medical condition, or who are pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant, or are nursing. We do not intend for any of our products to be used by those under 18 years of age or who are pregnant or nursing. Additionally, please be aware of any allergies you may have to any ingredients in our products.
The information contained here and provided by RAW Forest Foods is for informational use only. These products have not been evaluated by the FDA. Any statements within this site or within RAW Forest Foods’ site have not been evaluated by the FDA. This (or any) product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
- American Cancer Society: Trametes versicolor
- Antimetastatic effects of PSK (Krestin), a protein-bound polysaccharide obtained from basidiomycetes: an overview.
- Beta-glucans in higher fungi and their health effects
- Cell growth and gene modulatory activities of Yunzhi (Windsor Wunxi) from mushroom Trametes versicolor in androgen-dependent and androgen-insensitive human prostate cancer cells
- Coriolus versicolor (American Cancer Society)
- Coriolus versicolor (New York University Langone Medical Center)
- Coriolus versicolor: A Medicinal Mushroom with Promising Immunotherapeutic Values
- Coriolus versicolor polysaccharide peptide slows progression of advanced non-small cell lung cancer
- Efficacy of adjuvant immunochemotherapy with polysaccharide K for patients with curative resections of gastric cancer
- Efficacy of Yun Zhi (Coriolus versicolor) on survival in cancer patients: systematic review and meta-analysis
- Enzyme-Catalyzed Oxidation of 17β-Estradiol Using Immobilized Laccase from Trametes versicolor
- FDA Approves Bastyr Turkey Tail Trial for Cancer Patients
- In vitro inhibition of proliferation of HL-60 cells by tetrandrine and coriolus versicolor peptide derived from Chinese medicinal herbs
- Medicinal mushrooms: a rapidly developing area of biotechnology for cancer therapy and other bioactivities
- Medicinal Mushrooms and Cancer Therapy: Translating a traditional practice into Western medicine
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- Polysaccharopeptides of Coriolus versicolor: physiological activity, uses, and production
- Polysaccharide K suppresses angiogenesis in colon cancer cells
- The anti-tumor effect of a small polypeptide from Coriolus versicolor (SPCV)
- The use of mushroom glucans and proteoglycans in cancer treatment
- Traditional Chinese Medicine: Yun Zhi (Ý__ or _©µ¬©ÒÜÎ), AKA Cloud Mushroom & Trametes versicolor
- Trametes versicolor mushroom immune therapy in breast cancer
The suggested dosage of our Turkey Tail Powdered Extract is 1.5 grams (roughly 1/2 teaspoon), taken 1 to 3 times a day.
Other Ingredients: None
This product is GMO-free and is vegan/vegetarian.
As with all powdered extracts, our Turkey Tail Powdered Extracts works well when combined with several ounces of warm water.
At RAW Forest Foods, we like to take our capsules, powders, and tinctures on an empty stomach.
Of course, whichever way you decide to use it, the best way is the way that ensures regular, consistent use, because no gain is made from a product that sits untouched in the cupboard.
Store this product, and all RAW Forest Foods products, in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight and moisture. Try and use in a timely manner after opening the package.
For those customers who prefer to rotate their pro-androgenic and tonic herbs, we suggest a schedule of five days on and two days off, or four weeks on and one week off.
Before starting any new medicinal herbs or nutritional supplements (from our company or otherwise), customers should consult with their qualified healthcare practitioner. This not because we question the safety of our products, but because we believe in the strength of our products and that plants have a medicinal, therapeutic potential.
This product is not for use by those under the age of 18, who are pregnant or nursing, or who are allergic or adverse to any of the ingredients contained within.
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Very effective. I gave some to my neighbor who had tumors and his tumors disappeared! We're giving some to his grandson who also has a tumor. I came out better than expected on my colonoscopey after taking the mushroom for two weeks. 4 stars from me!
Taking this along with Unique-E Tocotrienol which is does not include any tocopherols as a preventative for prostate health based upon. (Read FYI http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25129068). I have ordered this product multiple times and have been highly satisfied with the product and its results.
I am a primary care physician, working primarily with the pediatrics population, and I am routinely exposed to different pathogens, including the onslaught of seasons colds which come walking through my door this time of the year. I have used several products from RAW Forest Foods, and have always been more than satisfied with the quality of their products, but I want to give a specific mention to the immune support that Trametes versicolor (Turkey Tail) has awarded me over the course of approximately 1.5 years of continual use. I do not tend to be a sick person, but I usually end up catching a cold several times a year--similar to the elementary school teacher and her exposure to the common cold. Since starting and using Trametes versicolor I have not been sick once. Not even felt any sickness coming on. This has added greatly to the quality of my work and my life, and I am tremendously grateful to that. If I could recommended a natural product through my work I would, without a doubt. recommend this. But alas, it is out of the scope of medicine.
RAW Forest Foods Turkey Tail Extract is the newest supplement that I have order. I only received by order recently so I can't give this product a full review yet, which is why I am only giving 4 stars out of 5. I suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (low energy, body pain and soreness, lowered immune system) and so far my energy is feeling better and I am more able to complete the tasks that I need to complete. No sickness scares yet, but based on what I have read I am sure this supplement is helping strengthen my immune system. This is my first order from RAW Forest Foods, and while I am always skeptical with ordering from new-to-me companies this one is "so far so good."