Brand: Host Defense Mushrooms

Turkey Tail 120 capsules

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About Turkey Tail

Turkey Tail is a formula that contains a wide range of cellular nutrients that help promote immune health. The manufacturer, Host Defense, uses activated, Certified Organic mushroom mycelium that has been freeze-dried, which constitutes of a broad spectrum of myco-nutrients, such as polysaccharides, triterpenoids, ergosterols, and glycoproteins. These compounds are all found to be particularly essential for the support of the natural microbiome and the immune system.

How Turkey Tail Works

Medicinal mushrooms are fungi types that contain ingredients known to promote health. The formula has sealed one of the best-documented medicinal mushrooms that is present in woodlands across the globe. Turkey Tail mushroom (its scientific name being Coriolus Versicolor or Trametes Versicolor) is, therefore, the key ingredient to which the product owes its health qualities. In fact, it is one of the most promising compounds in scientific research, when it comes to supporting the immune system with unique, protein-bound polysaccharides.

Among the immune-boosting benefits of Turkey Tail mushroom are:

Antioxidant support – It contains a plethora of flavonoid and phenol antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and stimulate the production of protective compounds, as a means to promote immune system health. Antioxidants help reduce or inhibit the damage caused by oxidative stress and free radicals, which can cause chronic inflammation and cellular damage, among other health conditions.

Contains polysaccharopeptides for immune-strengthening – The polyssaccharopeptides in turkey tail mushroom are protein-based and have potent immune-boosting qualities. They suppress inflammation while also activating and inhibiting certain types of immune cells that are known to fight infection, foster immune response, promote immunity to toxins, and protect the body against certain bacteria and other harmful substances. In countries like China and Japan, these compounds are also commonly used as anticancer agents in conjunction with radiation, chemotherapy, and/or surgery.

Improves gut health - Keeping the health-promoting bacteria in the gut is crucial for maintaining a healthy immune system. The prebiotics contained in turkey tail actually nourish these beneficial bacteria. They also help suppress the growth of harmful bacteria, such as E. coli, while increasing the populations of Lactobacillus and other good bacteria that are associated with improved intestinal symptoms. Having healthy levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut also helps lowers the risk of certain cancers and reduces cholesterol levels.

Other Benefits of Turkey Tail

It is believed that Turkey Tail may also be effectively used to improve athletic performance according to a lab study, which also showed that turkey tail extract may reduce fatigue and improve exercise performance. It also demonstrated lower post-exercise blood sugar levels. Other studies have suggested that turkey tail may combat HPV, reduce inflammation related to chronic diseases, such as diabetes, and improve insulin resistance.

How to Take Turkey Tail

Turkey Tail was mentioned at around 200 BCE in Shennong Ben Cao Jing, the first written text on medicinal herbs. Li ShiZhen’s Compendium of Materia Medica also has a record of Turkey Tail in the 15th century. In both instances, the particular type of mushroom is connected with strong muscles and bones, healthy liver function, and vitality. It also symbolized infinity and spiritual attunement and was traditionally brewed into a relaxing tea. For many centuries, people would brew and drink it to strengthen the spleen, stomach, and lungs, clear damp conditions, and increase energy.

However, you may also blend Turkey Tail Mushroom Powder with a smoothie and create a superfood drink or mix it with fruit juice. If taken in the form of a capsule, you simply take it with water or a glass of juice. Know that the effectiveness of the powder is significantly increased if you add it to a glass of water. Alternatively, you could sprinkle it into food.

Turkey Tail Ingredients

Besides Turkey Tail mushroom (aka Turkey Tail mycelium), the formula also contains an extracellular polysaccharide, namely pullulan, as well as myceliated brown rice that has been freeze-dried.


  • The recommended dosage is 1-2g per day or 2 capsules once a day unless otherwise instructed by your healthcare practitioner.
  • The formula may be taken on an empty stomach or with food unless your healthcare advisor recommends otherwise.
  • Turkey Tail should not be taken by children.
  • Always consult your physician, doctor, or healthcare practitioner before taking any dietary or nutritional supplement.

About the Manufacturer

Host Defense is a manufacturer of nutritional supplements that help protect the mind, memory, immune system, and digestion while also promoting detox and energy-recharge functions. The company is built on the visionary research of Paul Stamets, who saw great health potential in mushrooms, especially mycelium mushroom, which has now been evidenced to help support the human immune system. Part of their mission is to collaborate with doctors from all around the world to foster health and immunity, protect the natural environment, save the honeybees that are using fungi and mushrooms, build soil with beneficial fungi to aid agriculture health, and encourage research to develop new fungi-related biofuels, among others.

Some of their best-selling products are mental clarity and memory-boosting Lions Mane, immune system-supporting MyCommunity Extract, anti-aging Reishi, and respiratory-improving Breathe.