Cancer diagnoses are devastating.
What’s worse than finding out your beloved pet has a potentially fatal disease?
Luckily, those looking for proven scientific relief for their pet may find the answer in the turkey tail mushroom.
According to turkey tail cancer research, the fungi have powerful and beneficial medical powers.
Turkey Tail Health Benefits
Anecdotally, people have seen the health benefits associated with mushrooms.
The scientific and medical communities are beginning to put time and money into researching the proven benefits of specific fungi.
For example, turkey tail mushrooms contain beta-glucan polysaccharides, which aid in activating and boosting immunity.
Antioxidants inhibit damage caused oxidative stress in the body.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that cause oxidative stress.
Some cancers are linked to oxidative stress.
Eating foods rich in antioxidants, or adding them as supplements, helps fight this stress.
Turkey tail contains more than 35 different antioxidants, including phenols and flavonoids, according to one study.
Gut Health Boost
Turkey tail contains prebiotics, a beneficial bacteria for gut health.
According to one study, people who consumed a specific turkey tail extract experienced beneficial changes in their gut.
These changes included the suppression of harmful bacteria like E. coli and Shigella.
Due to the anecdotal turkey tail mushroom benefits for cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved two clinical trials of turkey tail extract
One study will use the mushroom in a vaccine treatment for women with breast cancer.
The other study looks at the effect of turkey tail mushroom extract on patients with advanced prostate cancer who also receive traditional chemotherapy.
According to a study published in Global Advances in Health and Medicine, an 83-year-old woman with advanced, metastatic inflammatory breast cancer used this mushroom and chemotherapy to become disease-free.
Other research, published in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, proved that this type of mushroom benefits cancer patients with Kaposi’s sarcoma.
The study looked at patients with Kaposi’s sarcoma, a skin cancer common among those with HIV/AIDS, whose treatment included turkey tail mushroom and other wild medicinal East African mushrooms.
In a review of 13 studies, researchers found patients were given 1–3.6 grams of turkey tail mushroom per day in addition to conventional treatment had increased odds of survival.
Another study review shows the benefits of turkey tail on stomach cancer patients.
The research suggests patients are given turkey tail extract and chemotherapy lived longer after surgery than those given chemotherapy alone.
Researchers believe the benefits for cancer patients are due to antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
How To Administer Turkey Tail For Pets
Turkey tail mushroom has many benefits, including boosting immunity, attacking viruses, and potentially fighting cancer.
However, the best way to reap the benefits of this wonder plant is to combine it with other healthful herbs and compounds.
For instance, PET | TAO’s Complement Immune supplement contains shiitake, reishi, and maitake, all of which are excellent beneficial mushrooms to administer with turkey tail.
Complement Immune comes in a tasty, easy to administer soft chew for your pet.