Info: 60 Veg. Capsules
Host Defense uses the activated, freeze-dried, Certified Organic mycelium of these mushrooms -- the actual roots or tails of the Turkey Tails, as it were -- which provide a full spectrum of healthful constituents: polysaccharides (arabinoxylan, beta glucans, fucose, galactose, glucose, mannose, and xylose), glycoproteins, ergosterols, triterpenoids and other myco-nutrients, which are essential for supporting natural immunity and the natural microbiome.
It has been discovered that Turkey Tail also functions as a prebiotic, to help nourish the beneficial bacteria in our intestines, aiding digestion and boosting immune function through better absorption of nutrients.
As perhaps the most prevalent fungus found in woodlands throughout the world, Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor, which is also called "Yun Zhi" in China and or "Kawaratake" in Japan) mushrooms are an excellent source of cellular nutrients and have been widely researched. They show great promise in supporting the immune system with their protein-bound and unique polysaccharides, especially for people with certain types of cancer (including breast cancer, gastric cancer, and colorectal cancer),* and it also appears to be able to assist chemotherapy in arresting tumor growth.
* See, e.g.: Eliza WL, Fai CK, Chung LP. "Efficacy of Yun Zhi (Coriolus versicolor) on survival in cancer patients: systematic review and meta-analysis." Recent Pat Inflamm Allergy Drug Discov. 2012 Jan;6(1):78-87.
In a recent clinical study of Turkey Tail funded by the National Institutes of Health, it was Host Defense's product which was selected to be the most fitting exemplar of this type, and it was shown to be immunologically active. See: Torkelson CJ, Sweet E, Martzen MR, Sasagawa M, Wenner CA, Gay J, Putiri A, Standish LJ. "Phase 1 Clinical Trial of Trametes versicolor in Women with Breast Cancer." ISRN Oncol. 2012;2012:251632. doi: 10.5402/2012/251632.
Each capsule contains:
500 mg Turkey Tails (Trametes versicolor) mycelium.
Other ingredients: Freeze-dried myceliated brown rice, Pullulan (an extra-cellular polysaccharide).
Take 2 capsules once per day, either with or without food (can be taken on an empty stomach), or as recommended by your healthcare advisor.
Keep out of reach of children. Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant. Health Canada Natural Product Number: 80047976.