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Latest Customer Review

Stronger immune system

‘I add turkey tail powder to my coffee every morning to get the day started right. One of the main benefits I’ve noticed is a boost to my immune system. Not even a common cold since I started taking it about a year ago.’

Steve

Turkey Tail – Vibrant Protector

Premium Mushroom Extract Powder – 90g

  • Boost immune system* with extra high levels of beta-D-glucan
  • >40% beta-D-glucans
  • 3rd party lab verified for active compounds
  • Hot-water extracted from wild harvested fruiting bodies
  • Extraction ratio 12:1
  • USDA certified organic
  • 3rd party lab tested for heavy metals and other contaminants
  • 90g bulk mushroom extract powder equals 90 servings
  • Supports your health for $0.54 per serving
  • Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Vegan
  • No added carriers, fillers, binders, coloring agents or other ingredients

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Our turkey tail mushroom extracts are more potent compared to most other medicinal mushroom supplements on the market. Why? Because all our medicinal mushroom powders are

  • traditionally hot water extracted to make medicinal compounds bio-available – and not just ground up dried mushroom powders with a much lower medicinal potency
  • made from mushroom fruiting bodies – and not from mycelium on grains
  • 3rd party verified for high levels of bio-active medicinal compounds, such as beta-D-glucan
  • checked for purity (3rd party tested for heavy metals and other contaminants)
  • stored in eco-friendly amber glass jars to protect powders from damaging UV rays

Our Egyptian and Chinese elders have known of turkey tail mushrooms’ highly medicinal benefits for thousands of years. In their appreciation, the ancient Egyptians called them ‘Sons of God’ – sent to protect them from harm. The extract of these power mushrooms may support:

  • Fighting Parasites & Viruses*
  • Strong Immune System*
  • Healthy Inflammatory Response*
  • Antioxidant Activity*
  • Healthy Cell Growth*
  • Apoptosis (Important Function In Preventing Cancer)*
  • Digestive Health*
  • And more

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Serving Size: 1/2 teaspoon or 1 gram
Servings per Container: 90

Amount Per Serving
Turkey Tail Mushroom Extract*±
Coriolus versicolor (fruiting body)
1,000mg**
Beta-D-glucans > 40%

* organic/ wild harvested
± hot water extract (12:1 ratio)
**Percent of daily value not established

Ingredients: organic turkey tail mushroom extract (from fruiting body only)

½ teaspoons 1-3 times daily, or as recommended by a qualified health care practitioner.

Add to hot water, coffee/ tea or your favorite smoothie.

Note: Keep out of the reach of children. Consult a physician if you are pregnant or nursing; have or had a medical condition, or are taking prescription drugs. If you have any adverse effects to the product, stop taking the product immediately and consult your physician.

Store in a cool and dry place. Do not use if safety seal is damaged or missing.

Faq

General

Turkey tail is a fungus and also goes by its Latin name ‘Coriolus versicolor’. This mushroom is named after its distinctive striped fan that resembles the feather formation of a wild turkey, however, the exoticness does not stop here. The Ancient Egyptians called this power mushroom the ‘Sons of Gods’, sent to protect them from harm.

Turkey tail mushroom extract has been used for thousands of years in Chinese and Egyptian medicine for regulating a healthy immune response, to support digestion and metabolism, and to reduce stress and prevent fatigue. In addition it has been used to combat certain viral infections, to support chemotherapy patients, to promote healthy cell growth and healthy cell death (apoptosis). It is also known as a strong antioxidant and adaptogen.

Turkey tail has a rather earthy taste.

Anyone who wants to be healthier overall. It is great for many different facets of the immune system, oxidation and anti-aging. However, if a medical condition is present, a qualified health care practitioner needs to be consulted before taking turkey tail supplements.

Yes, 100% vegan, no animal products involved. This mushroom is named after its distinctive striped fan that resembles the feather formation of a wild turkey.

Quality:

Yes, it is USDA organic certified.

Our turkey tail is wild harvested from trees.

No. There are no grains involved in our turkey tail mushroom growing process.

Due to our high quality commitment, our turkey tail extracts are made from turkey tail fruiting bodies only. There are numerous other suppliers in the market who make their turkey tail extract from turkey tail mycelium grown on grain, which typically tests for significantly lower medicinal value.

Our turkey tail extract is made through hot water extraction. This is in our experience the most effective extraction method. The extraction ratio for our turkey tail extract is 12:1.

We don’t test specifically for polysaccharides because this is a large category of different things.

Many companies talk about the high polysaccharide levels of their products. Why? Because mushrooms can have medicinal compounds that are polysaccharides, such as beta-D-glucan, PSK (polysaccharide krestin) and PSP (polysaccharide peptide). However, a high polysaccharide level does not necessarily translate to high levels of the aforementioned medicinal compounds. Polysaccharides can also be found in grains and vegetables – starch and cellulose are polysaccharides, as well.

In order to ensure high potency of your mushroom product, look for the (1-3, 1-6) beta-D-glucan, not for polysaccharides.

All our medicinal mushroom extracts are tested by a third party lab (Megazyme) for their beta-D-glucan levels to ensure high potency. More specifically, we test for the (1-3, 1-6) beta-D-glucans, which are the sought after medicinal compounds in most medicinal mushrooms.

The main active medicinal compounds in turkey tail are generally considered beta-D-glucans, PSK (polysaccharide krestin) and PSP (polysaccharide peptide). In addition, there are numerous other beneficial phytochemicals.

Our turkey tail regularly tests at 20% or higher.

At this time we do not test for PSK and PSP levels.

When it comes to sourcing our turkey tail mushrooms, quality and safety are of foremost concern. In order to yield the quality and medicinal potency turkey tail mushrooms are famous for we turned to the place where growing and extraction methods have been continuously refined for the past centuries: China.

Our turkey tail mushroom is traditionally and organically grown on a USDA organic certified farm in an eco-village in China. As it stands, China is the best place to get the actual mushroom fruiting bodies of turkey tail wild-harvested from trees, rather than mycelium on grain, which is mostly found in US grown medicinal mushroom products.

We regularly test for the potency of our mushrooms, including our turkey tail extracts. In addition we test for any traces of heavy metals or other contaminants. This ensures quality and safety of our turkey tail extracts.

Yes. As we, the Sacred Source Botanicals team, are also consuming our products on a daily basis, we are always concerned about the health and safety of our products.

We get our turkey tail mushrooms consistently tested by third party laboratories. All of our product specifications follow the following industry established limits:

  • Lead: < 2ppm*
  • Arsenic: < 2ppm*
  • Cadmium: < 2ppm*
  • Mercury: < 0.1ppm*

*ppm = parts per million

Turkey tail mushrooms like other medicinal mushrooms have to be extracted in order to make the medicinal compounds bio-available. In its raw form, turkey tail may have some benefits, as well. However, the medicinal properties turkey tail is famous for are locked away in the mushrooms cell-walls, unless it gets extracted for example through hot water extraction.

No, it is just pure turkey tail mushroom extract powder. No added fillers, starch, binders or any other additives.

How to Take Turkey Tail Mushroom Extract:

Our turkey tail extract dissolves in both cold and hot water. Sometimes it clumps a little bit, but if stirred this will dissolve completely, especially if added to hot water.

With our extract you’ll just need to add our recommended dose of ½ tsp to hot water and stir. See our recipe section for more inspiration.

Our recommended dose is 1,000mg 1-3 times daily. 1,000mg is equal to ½ teaspoon of extract powder. For some a larger dosage is safe, as well. However, if you have a medical condition or are pregnant, please consult a qualified health care practitioner before taking turkey tail supplements.

You can take turkey tail extract at any time of the day on an empty stomach as well as before, during or after meals.

Turkey tail can be taken at any time even if one is not showing any symptoms of compromised health. The aim of medicinal mushrooms is to support your body when you are healthy so you don’t get sick in the first place.

Side Effects and Contraindications:

Because there isn’t enough scientific data to back up safety in young children, it is best for young children to avoid turkey tail mushrooms. If you nevertheless would like to give your child a turkey tail extract, please consult a pediatrician or qualified healthcare practitioner before taking the supplement.

Because there isn’t enough scientific studies involving pregnant or breastfeeding women, it is best for nursing or expecting women to avoid turkey tail. If you nevertheless would like to take turkey tail extracts, please consult a qualified health care practitioner before taking turkey tail supplements.

Yes, absolutely. However, if your pet has a medical condition, please consult a veterinarian first.

Because it is untested as such children, pregnant or breastfeeding women may want to avoid turkey tail. Anyone who has a medical condition, needs to consult a qualified health care practitioner before taking turkey tail supplements.

Antioxidants are compounds that help inhibit or reduce damage caused by oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress results from an imbalance between antioxidants and unstable molecules known as free radicals. This can result in cellular damage and chronic inflammation. (Show Study1)

This imbalance has also been linked to an increased risk of developing health conditions, such as certain cancers and heart disease. (Show Study2,Show Study3)

Thankfully, eating foods rich in antioxidants or supplementing with these powerful compounds can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. (Show Study4)

Turkey tail contains an impressive array of antioxidants, including phenols and flavonoids. (Show Study5)

In fact, one study detected over 35 different phenolic compounds in a sample of turkey tail mushroom extract, along with the flavonoid antioxidants quercetin and baicalein. (Show Study6)

Phenol and flavonoid antioxidants promote immune system health by reducing inflammation and stimulating the release of protective compounds. (Show Study7)

For example, quercetin has been shown to promote the release of immunoprotective proteins like interferon-y, while inhibiting the release of the pro-inflammatory enzymes cyclooxygenase (COX) and lipoxygenase (LOX). (Show Study8)

Turkey tail is loaded with antioxidants, such as flavonoids and phenols that may reduce inflammation. Inflammation has been linked to chronic diseases, such as diabetes and certain cancers. (Show Study)

The turkey tail mushroom has long been known to stave off any infection, including those associated with the common cold or flu. It helps your immune system become more resilient against ill-causing germs.

The turkey tail mushroom has been shown to modulate the immune system, helping fight infections, illness and diseases. (Show Study1)

In addition, turkey tail contains immune-boosting PSK and PSP:

Polysaccharopeptides are protein-bound polysaccharides (carbohydrates) that are found in, for example, turkey tail mushroom extract.

Krestin (PSK) and Polysaccharide Peptide (PSP) are two types of polysaccharopeptides found in turkey tails. (Show Study2)

Both PSK and PSP possess powerful immune-boosting properties. They promote immune response by both activating and inhibiting specific types of immune cells and by suppressing inflammation.

For instance, test-tube studies have demonstrated that PSP increases monocytes, which are types of white blood cells that fight infection and boost immunity. (Show Study3)

PSK stimulates dendritic cells that promote immunity to toxins and regulate the immune response. In addition, PSK activates specialized white blood cells called macrophages, which protect your body against harmful substances like certain bacteria. (Show Study4)

Due to their ability to naturally strengthen the immune system, PSP and PSK are commonly used as anticancer agents in conjunction with surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation in countries like Japan and China. (Show Study5)

Research has demonstrated that turkey tail mushrooms may have anti-tumor properties, thought to be related to its immune-boosting effects.

One test-tube study found that PSK, the polysaccharopeptide found in turkey tail mushrooms, inhibited the growth and spread of human colon cancer cells. (Show Study1)

What’s more, a certain type of polysaccharide found in turkey tail mushrooms called Coriolus versicolor glucan (CVG) may suppress certain tumors.

A study in tumor-bearing mice found that treatment with 45.5 and 90.9 mg per pound (100 and 200 mg per kg) of body weight of CVG extracted from turkey tail mushrooms daily significantly reduced tumor size. (Show Study2)

Researchers attributed this development to enhanced immune response. (Show Study3)

Another study demonstrated that daily treatment with 45.5 mg per pound (100 mg per kg) of body weight of turkey tail mushroom extract significantly slowed the spread of cancer cells and improved survival times in dogs with highly aggressive cancer (hemangiosarcoma). (Show Study4)

However, the most impressive evidence regarding the anticancer benefits of turkey tail mushroom is when it’s used in combination with more traditional treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation. (Show Study5, Show Study6, Show Study7)

Due to the many beneficial compounds it contains, turkey tail is commonly used in tandem with traditional treatments like chemotherapy as a natural way to fight certain cancers.

A review of 13 studies found that patients given 1–3.6 grams of turkey tail mushroom per day along with conventional treatment had a significant survival advantage.

The study showed that people with breast cancer, gastric cancer or colorectal cancer treated with turkey tail and chemotherapy experienced a 9% reduction in 5-year mortality compared to chemotherapy alone. (Show Study1)

Another review of 8 studies in over 8,000 people with stomach cancers demonstrated that those who were given chemotherapy along with PSK lived longer after surgery than individuals given chemotherapy without PSK. (Show Study2)

A study in 11 women with breast cancer found that those who were given 6–9 grams of turkey tail powder per day following radiation therapy experienced an increase in cancer-fighting cells in the immune system, such as natural killer cells and lymphocytes. (Show Study3)

Turkey tail contains a compound called polysaccharide-K (PSK) that stimulates the immune system. PSK is so effective that it’s an approved anticancer prescription drug in Japan. Turkey tail has been shown to improve the survival rate of people with certain cancers, fight leukemia cells, and improve the immune system of people receiving chemotherapy. (Show Study4, Show Study5, Show Study6)

Keeping a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria in your gut is critical for maintaining a strong immune system.

Your gut bacteria interact with immune cells and directly impact your immune response. (Show Study1)

Turkey tail contains prebiotics, which help nourish these helpful bacteria

An 8-week study in 24 healthy people found that consuming 3,600 mg of PSP extracted from turkey tail mushrooms per day led to beneficial changes in gut bacteria and suppressed the growth of the possibly problematic E. coli and Shigella bacteria. (Show Study2)

A test-tube study found that turkey tail extract modified gut bacteria composition by increasing populations of beneficial bacteria like Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus while reducing potentially harmful bacteria, such as Clostridium and Staphylococcus. (Show Study3)

Having healthy levels of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium bacteria has been linked to improved intestinal symptoms like diarrhea, enhanced immune system, reduced cholesterol levels, lower risks of certain cancers and improved digestion. (Show Study4)

Mushrooms, in particular the turkey tail mushroom, may help heal infections, such as an oral strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV).

According to a study of 61 patients with gum disease testing positive for oral HPV, 88% of the 41 patients who received both turkey tail and reishi mushrooms showed positive results after only two months of treatment. (Show Study1, Show Study2)

In a study turkey tail was found to have a high therapeutic index, and may be a promising material for the pharmaceutical industry as an anti-influenza and antiherpetic agent with low toxicity. (Show Study)

Studies reveal that the use of turkey tail mushroom, in conjunction with other wild medicinal East African mushrooms, may be useful in treating patients with Kaposi’s sarcoma, a skin cancer often affecting those with HIV/AIDS. The same product has also benefited those with HIV/AIDS even without the sarcoma.

Turkey tail has antibacterial and antioxidant properties; therefore, an extract of the turkey tail mushroom may be helpful. An extract, called PSP, has been studied in vitro, noting it as an antiviral agent that may prevent the replication of the HIV virus. (Show Study)

A mouse study showed that turkey tail extract improved exercise performance and reduced fatigue. Plus, the mice treated with turkey tail experienced lower blood sugar levels at rest and post-exercise. (Show Study)

In a test-tube study, turkey tail extract inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella enterica, bacteria that can cause illness and infection. (Show Study)

Turkey tail extract has been consumed for centuries in Asia as part of a traditional diet and has been used medicinally. (Show Study1)

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 are considered to have immune stimulatory and anticarcinogenic activities. Clinical research with PSK began around 1970 and has focused on its immunotherapeutic efficacy in stomach, colorectal, esophageal, nasopharyngeal, lung, and breast cancers.

In Japan, it has been approved as a pharmaceutical-grade medicine for cancer treatment and used for more than 30 years with consistent clinical efficacy. (Show Study2, Show Study3, Show Study4, Show Study5)

In Chinese medicine, C. versicolor is characterized as being slightly cold and enters the meridians of the liver, spleen, and lung. It is predominantly used to treat cirrhosis, chronic active hepatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, leukemia, and bronchitis. (Show Study6)

It has also been used for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antihyperlipidemic, and antiatherosclerotic effects. (Show Study7)