An easy-to-find fungus that also has varied uses is the Trametes versicolor or turkey tail mushroom, named so because of its resemblance to the tail of a wild turkey. Turkey tail also goes by the name Coriolus PSP (Coriolus versicolor). This type of mushroom had been used for medicinal purposes since 15th Century China, during the Ming dynasty.
Researchers in Japan conducted extensive research on this mushroom in the 1970s, aiming to extract its essence. It was during these experiments that researchers succeeded in isolating Polysaccharide-K (PSK), which is an agent that boosts the immune system. Scientists in China expanded this research about a decade later, and successfully extracted Polysaccharide-Peptide (PSP) from the mushroom, which was reported to also help support the immune system.
PSP extraction is done via hot water. Then the decoction goes through an evaporation process and is sprayed to dry, to convert the concentrate into powder. It is a process carefully done to ensure the right potency levels of the preparation.
Turkey tail mushroom is usually taken as a tea, which involves oven-drying the mushroom before grinding it and boiling it in water. The dried and powdered version can also be mixed into food or put into capsules. The mushrooms can also be eaten au naturel, although they could be rather dry, chewy, and flavorless in this state.
Turkey tail grows on tree stumps and fallen logs in most states, although they're more likely to be found during the months of May through December. A bonus you get from the turkey tail mushroom is that it can last up to many years, regardless of its form. It's recommended, however, that the mushroom be kept away from heat and sunlight to further lengthen its shelf life.
To this date, the turkey tail mushroom remains one of the most researched mushrooms in health science, especially in the area of immune system support. Other research studies showed that the mushroom can also help in increasing energy levels, owing to its natural complex carbohydrates content.* For more information, go online for more research articles on the turkey tail mushroom.
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