We live in an age where gut microbiome support is all the rage.* In modern health blogs, we often read about how much the gut supports our overall health and its deep connection to our brain and immune system. Probiotics, prebiotics, and fermented foods and drinks (such as kombucha and kefir) have become popular for their gut-supporting properties and are now more widely available.

Did you know that mushrooms are now emerging for them prebiotic properties? Read on to learn how turkey tail mushrooms can help support your gut microbiome.*

What is the gut microbiome?

The gut microbiome consists of microorganisms, which are mostly “good bugs” that live in the gastrointestinal tract. These microorganisms help us digest what we eat, as well as absorb and synthesize nutrients. Gut health supports many of our body’s important functions, such as metabolism, weight and immune support, as well as healthy normal brain activity and mood.

Learn more about fungi and the microbiome in your gut in this super interesting podcast with Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum.

Based on everyone’s environment and habits, everyone’s gut looks slightly different — yours is as unique to you as your fingerprint. Your gut naturally contains a variety of bacteria.

Want to promote a healthy and naturally diverse gut microbiome?* Incorporate healthy habits — eat a nutritious and balanced diet, exercise regularly, support the normal physical response to stress, maintain healthy sleep patterns despite occasional restlessness, and support the immune system naturally. *

History of turkey tail mushrooms

turkey tail mushrooms (Tramets versicolor) it can be found in nature with color bands such as orange, blue, white and tan. These mushrooms earned their name because they resemble a turkey’s tail. In Latin, Tramets means “one who is thin” and versicolor means “of various colors”.

This mushroom has long been used in Japanese folk herbalism to support healthy cell growth. In traditional Chinese methods, Turkey Tail is used to support lung health as well as liver health.*

In 1965, a chemical engineer in Japan observed his neighbor taking a traditional herbal preparation. After several months of learning about the neighbor and his traditional approach to health, the engineer convinced his colleagues to look into mushrooms – and soon PSK was born. PSK, or polysaccharide-K, is a 1-3 beta-glucan, a polysaccharide that supports the immune system.* PSK is now the main ingredient in Krestin, which is used in Japan to support immune health. Chinese researchers were then inspired to develop polysaccharide peptide (PSP), another type of polysaccharide extract found in this mushroom and used for similar immune support purposes.


Simply put, prebiotics are food for probiotics. These fermented ingredients (essentially dietary fiber) promote gut health by supporting various functions of your gastrointestinal microflora. Turkey Tail contains prebiotic fiber.

In a study looking at the gut microbiome, researchers found that Turkey Tail mushroom benefits the gut microbiome by acting as a prebiotic and promoting diversity in the gut.* PSK has been shown to provide prebiotic support to gut health as well.

Turkey tail in mushroom revival

Here at AdaptogenShrooms, we love talking about gut health! We can find ourselves enjoying fermented foods, fermented beverages, and regularly incorporating mushroom allies into our diet and supplements. You will find turkey tail mushrooms in ours Daily 10 Tincture. We boost the health of the planet by planting a tree for every product sold. Be a part of revival history with your purchase!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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