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What is Turkey Tail Mushroom Powder?
Trametes Versicolor – also known as Coriolus Versicolor and Polyporus Versicolor – is a common polypore mushroom found throughout the world. Polypore mushrooms are a type of fungus that has large fruiting bodies with either pores or tubes on the underside of the said fruiting body. Versicolor means "of several colors," accurately describes Turkey Tail and its different colors. Turkey Tail earned its name because its shape and varying shades resemble those of a wild turkey, T. Versicolor is commonly referred to as turkey tail. The top of the cap displays concentric zones of different colors typical for that type of fungus. The fruiting body of the mushroom is 1 and 3 mm in thickness and has a leathery texture. It is not uncommon for older specimens, such as the one pictured above, to have zones with green algae growing on them, giving them a green appearance in color. Turkey Tail commonly develops in tiled layers. The cap is rust-brown or a dark-brown, and sometimes contains zones with a black hue. The mushroom's cap is flat, up to 8 x 5 x 0.5–1 cm in area. It is often triangular or round in shape, with zones of fine hairs. The pore surface is whitish to light-brown, rounded pores, and with age twisted and labyrinthine with 3-8 pores per millimeter. The principal ingredient extracted from Turkey is Polysaccharide-K (Krestin, PSK), which is a protein-bound polysaccharide isolated from the fruitbody.
Turkey Tail Potential Benefits:
- Cognitive Function Support †
- Immune System Support †
- Antioxidant Properties †
How Does Turkey Tail Mushroom Powder Work?
The Turkey Tail mushroom is filled with antioxidants, compounds that help prevent damage from free radicals and oxidative stress. Damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress can lead to inflammation. Of the many antioxidants that Turkey Tail possesses, the most important are phenols and flavonoids. Phenols and flavonoids assist in the promotion of a healthy immune system by releasing protective compounds and reducing inflammation. In addition to containing antioxidants, Turkey Tail also provides polysaccharopeptides which boosts the immune response through reducing inflammation, activating, and inhibiting certain immune cells. Beta-glucans are another immune-boosting compound found within Turkey Tail. These sugars, common in all mushrooms, are the sought after ingredient for their medicinal qualities, helping to regulate blood sugar, lowering LDL cholesterol, and immune support.
How Are Harvest Naturals Turkey Tail Extract Made?
Harvest Naturals Turkey Tail extract is made from a dual extraction process. The first step of this process is hot-water-extraction. Hot-water-extraction is the most common and the least expensive and where many companies stop. When you find "cheap" mushroom supplements, they are either simple-dried powders or are water extracted only. The second step of the dual extraction process is the alcohol extraction. Ethanol (or sometimes methanol) extraction isolates the water-insoluble components. The alcohol extraction process is, in general, used as a second step after hot-water extraction. Also, since alcohol alone will not break down chitin effectively, heat must be added. Without this second step of alcohol extraction, many of the additional beneficial ingredients cannot be extracted. Harvest Naturals only uses the fruiting body of the mushroom in its extracts.
For a broader range of benefits, please take a look at our Mushroom Complex. It contains eleven different mushroom extracts, all with great benefits to your mind and body!
Directions & Allergens
As a dietary supplement, take 2 leveled scoops(~1000 mg). Taken once daily, or as directed by a qualified health professional.
This product contains no Soy, Dairy, Dairy byproducts, Eggs, Fish, Shellfish, Wheat, Gluten, Tree Nuts, or Sesame Seeds.
This is a NON-GMO ingredient manufactured using organic starting ingredients.
Store in a cool, dry place. Keep away from direct sunlight and heat.
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Statements & Warnings †
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.
Keep out of the reach of children. Do not take this or any other supplement if under the age of 18, pregnant or nursing a baby, or if you have any known or suspected medical conditions and/or taking prescription drug(s) or OTC medication(s). Always consult with a qualified health physician before taking any new dietary supplement.