Turkey tail mushrooms, named for their colorful stripes, have been brewed for thousands of years in Chinese medicinal teas.
Researchers study how a traditional Chinese mushroom helps cancer patients strengthen their immune systems in a $5.4 million investigation.
It's been brewed for thousands of years as a Chinese medicinal tea. Now Bastyr University researchers are closer to discovering whether the turkey tail mushroom (Trametes versicolor) can help cancer patients boost their immune systems during chemotherapy.
Turkey tail, named for its colorful stripes, is the humble fungus at the center of a $5.4 million collaboration between Bastyr, the University of Washington and others, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The mushroom grows widely in forests around the world, but its health potential has never been fully measured in scientific trials.
Turkey Tail mushrooms corrects immune deficiencies
(NaturalHealth365) It’s official – Turkey Tail mushrooms can boost your immune system so significantly that it may even shrink breast cancertumors.
A $2 million, seven-year clinical study funded by the National Institutes of Health and jointly conducted by the University of Minnesota and Bastyr University showed that Trametes versicolor, or turkey tail mushroom, in freeze-dried form, dramatically boosts immune function for women with Stage I-III breast cancer─ possibly shrinking tumors.
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Coriolus (Turkey Tail Mushroom),
Potent Superfood for Immune Functions
Used in Conjunction with Treatments for Breast Cancer
Helpful for Autoimmune Diseases
Turkey tail extracts can assist those with Lyme's disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and other autoimmune or inflammatory diseases as it helps to modulate the immune "helper cells", which is an essential factor in controlling these conditions.
In an FDA approved trial at Bastyr University, studying the response of turkey tail extract on cancer patients, it was hypothesized that the mushroom could help improve impaired immune health in women inflicted with breast cancer after a course of conventional medical therapies. An increase in NK cell count was thought to be the reason as these specialized immune cells tend to quickly move in and attack any remaining cancer.