A recent clinical study shows that turkey tail mushroom extract may enhance immune response in women with breast cancer. The multiyear study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in the ISRN Oncology Journal, tracked whether or not turkey tails could positively affect the immune system of patients rebound after they ended their radiation therapy.
The results suggest that turkey tail mushrooms are an effective adjunct to conventional chemotherapeutic medicines and radiation therapy. Researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Bastyr University Research Institute hypothesized that breast cancer patients’ health can be improved after radiation treatment if natural killer cells, which protect us from tumors and viruses, counts increased quickly to attack remaining cancerous cells.
Turkey tail mushroom (Trametes versicolor) is a colorful mushroom which grows on dead trees and logs around the world. These wild mushrooms have been used to treat various maladies for hundreds of years in Asia, and Europe and have been studied by many researchers to enhance the immune system.