Turkey Tail for Cancer, Immune System, and Infections

Turkey tail is a medicinal mushroom with amazing properties – it has been shown in studies to fight cancers of many times, boost the immune system, and fight infections.

This is very important, not just for patients who have chronic infections, but for cancer patients as well since their immune systems are low. When speaking with a naturopathic doctor, or specialists who help eradicate cancer cells through natural means, they will often tell you that having a well-functioning immune system is part of being healthy.

Cancer can be caused by a number of things, including genetics, lifestyle—sun exposure, radiation exposure, tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical activity, excess body weight, alcohol use—as well as infections or environmental exposures.

Carcinogens may be found in water, food, homes, the workplace, or even the air. Pollution, or continued exposure or ingestion of foods with pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, or other toxins can increase your risk. This is why it is typically best to eat organic foods, including your medicinal mushroom, like turkey tail mushroom.

Turkey tail mushroom excellent for fighting a number of cancers

According to a seven-year, two million dollar study, the NIH-funded clinical trial from 2011 discovered that turkey tail mycelium improves the immune system when given daily to women with stages 1-3 of breast cancer, without adverse effects.

The two polysaccharide complexes (PSK or “Kreskin”, and PSP) that turkey tail mushroom has are also known to fight other cancers such as colorectal, stomach, esophageal, lung, nasopharyngeal, uterine, and cervical cancer. PSP itself has been shown to enhance immunity in 70-97% of cancer patients.

Turkey tail mushroom for fighting infections

Some infections are linked to cancer, according to many cancer research organizations.

In addition to its anticancer properties, turkey tail mushroom is useful for treating infections such as aspergillus, Candida albicans (yeast infection), niger, and E. coli. Additionally, it has been shown to help fight against infections such as Herpes, HIV, and streptococcus pneumonia, plus it is heptoprotective. Turkey tail mushroom may also be useful for CFIDS (chronic fatigue).

Overall, turkey tail mushroom is a very versatile fungus in terms of its efficacy towards health benefits and its ability to help fight cancer, infections, infection-caused cancer, and for boosting the immune system.

The author of this story is a freelance contributor to National Nutraceuticals’ online news portals, such as Amino Acid Information Center at http://www.aminoacidinformation.com and Vancouver Health News at http://www.VancouverHealthNews.ca.  National Nutraceuticals, Inc. also owns and operates a third health news portal focusing on medicinal mushrooms at http://medicinalmushroominfo.com, plus our newest portal at http://todayswordofwisdom.com.

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Sharon Cornet


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