Fermented Turkey Tail—Boosts the Body’s Immune Defense
With a Full-Spectrum Fermented Turkey Tail Blend, Fermented Warming Botanical Blend, Organic Ashwagandha Extract and an Organic Fermented Bitter Botanical Blend, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Turkey Tail is specially formulated to support the body’s immune defense.†
What Sets Ancient Apothecary Mushrooms Apart?
- Live Fermentation
- Essential Oils Infusion
- Organic Herbs & Spices
- Warming Botanicals
- Digestive Bitters
Ancient Apothecary Fermented Mushroom formulas are powered by fermentation—our own proprietary, patent-pending, dual-stage, live fermentation process.
What is fermentation and why is it important?
Fermentation is an ancient process used to break down food into more absorbable components. During the fermentation process, microorganisms use aerobic and anaerobic metabolism to convert food compounds into powerful metabolites.
Here are some key benefits of fermentation:
- Fermentation pre-digests nutrients and beneficial compounds into more accessible and bioavailable forms.†
- In some instances, fermentation can actually make certain foods more edible and more digestible, such as roots, leaves, nuts, tubers, seeds and grains.†
- Fermentation can increase the presence of probiotics in the food.
Each Ancient Apothecary Mushroom formula is infused with Organic Essential Oils and CO2 extracts to provide lipo-soluble phytonutrients with powerful antioxidant properties.
The Power of Essential Oils: A Little Bit Goes a Long Way for Health
Essential oils are often referred to as the “life blood and immune system” of plants and trees
—and many times more potent than the plants they come from!
For example, it takes approximately 3,000 lemons to make one kilo of lemon essential oil, while one 15mL bottom of lemon essential oil takes about 75 lemons! To go deeper, there are nearly 300 drops in a 15mL bottle, so 1 drop of lemon essential oil is made by using ¼ of a whole lemon!
Likewise, 150 pounds of lavender is necessary for just one pound of pure lavender essential oil, while one 15mL bottle of lavender oil requires 27 square feet of lavender plants. With approximately 300 drops of lavender oil in a 15mL bottle, one drop equals nearly .09 square feet of lavender plants.
For peppermint oil, one 15mL bottle requires approximately one pound of peppermint plants, and it takes 5,000 tons of rose petals to get one gallon of rose oil.
Of course, these are approximations, but you get the picture: there’s a whole lot of beneficial plant life in essential oils.
These precious oils can be distilled or extracted using CO2 and bottled. Additionally, essential oils provide lipo-soluble fractions of plants. Since plants contain both water- and fat- soluble active compounds, we believe it important to consume a full spectrum of beneficial compounds. Fats and oils are required for the effective delivery of key antioxidant compounds.
Therefore, essential oils infused into herbal formulas can serve as a delivery system for these powerful botanicals.
Here’s the bottom line: Essential oils are some of Nature’s wonders.†
That’s why you’ll find essential oils in each and every Ancient Apothecary Fermented Mushrooms.
The Importance of Organic Mushrooms and Herbs
It’s no secret that in conventionally grown foods, including mushrooms and herbs, farmers use a variety of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides synthetic fertilizers and many other \"processing agents' which often remain in and on the food or herbs. Even washing these foods or herbs can’t get many of these off the produce.
Why? Because nearly 20 percent of the 17,000 (or more) pesticides in use today are known as systemic pesticides—those which reside inside the plant via its root system and have permeated the plant. That’s means they’re everywhere within the plants themselves and can’t be washed off.
Many studies and reports point to the adverse health effects of these chemicals in and on our food, which is why many choose to go organic. That reason alone is enough to make going organic is all the rage these days
But another important benefit of organic food, including mushrooms and herbs, is that, because they’re grown organically, these plants are able to produce their own natural defenses against pests.
As a result, these plants are more resilient and defense-supporting by nature (literally) and have some of the very compounds and natural defenses that we can and often should include in our diet.†
That’s why you’ll find these health-supporting organic mushrooms and herbs in each and every Ancient Apothecary Fermented Mushrooms.
PLUS, each Ancient Apothecary Mushroom formula contains an Organic Fermented Warming Botanical Blend of black pepper, ginger, long pepper and sprouted cumin.
In Ayurveda, black pepper, long pepper and ginger are tied to the Sanskrit word trikatu, meaning three spices or three peppers. Trikatu is an Ayurvedic blend of the fruits of black pepper, long pepper and the rhizomes of ginger.
Each Ancient Apothecary Fermented Mushroom formula also contains an Organic Fermented Bitter Botanical Blend of milk thistle, dandelion and peppermint.
By combining the benefits of organic fermented botanicals, whole organic herbs and spices, hot water herbal extracts and lipo-soluble fractions, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Mushroom formulas provide a full-spectrum infusion of the best that Nature has to offer!
The Importance of a Healthy Immune System
Our built-in system to ward off the unhealthy microorganisms and foreign invaders we continually come into contact with—our immune system—is always on call. Its first line of defense and duty is to block the invasion of these unwanted critters.
The immune system is the body’s system to keep us healthy, protecting the body from outside microbial and other threats. And, of course, we come into contact with various microbes—good and bad—each day via the air we breathe, fluids we drink, food we eat and environments or people we come into contact with.
So, what guards us from “catching” something? A healthy immune system.
Thank goodness for our immune systems!
Of course, there are a lot of variables that affect how well the immune system functions, including dietary and lifestyle habits, such as sleep, stress and more, so we have to take care of ourselves overall.
Everyone’s immune system is different, of course, but one thing is for certain: a healthy immune system is necessary for optimal health. It’s also important what you feed your immune system.
Nutrition & Ingredients
Turkey Tail Mushroom Benefits†
For thousands of years, Eastern cultures have revered mushrooms’ health benefits, while also being celebrated as a source of powerful nutrients. Mushrooms are fungi, which are so distinct in nature that they are classified as their own kingdom—separate from plants or animals.
There are approximately 140,000 species of mushroom-forming fungi in the world, but science is familiar with only approximately 10%, while only 100 species or so are being studied for their potential health benefits.
Turkey tail mushroom is one of them.
Also known as Trametes versicolor, “Turkey Tail” mushroom is often referred to as “the turkey tail” mushroom due to its variety of colors and its resemblance to the tail feathers of a wild turkey—often in brown, cinnamon, buff or reddish-brown colors, but with varying colors, as well. It also goes by Coriolis, or “cloud mushroom.”
Known as bracket fungi, it forms thin, leather-looking and leaf-like fungi in circular fashion.
Turkey tail mushroom helps support a healthy immune defense and cellular health,† and has a long history of beneficial uses in Asia, Europe and indigenous people in North America.
Polysaccharides and Polysaccharide Peptides
Polysaccharides are carbohydrate structures which produce a long chain of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen cells. What’s most interesting is that, nutritionally, polysaccharides are digested by and used by the body as potential energy sources, but have a low glycemic index.
Polysaccharide peptides are derived from Turkey Tail mushroom and are being studied for their immune-supporting benefits as well as their cellular health benefits.†
As a group of glucose polysaccharides naturally occurring in the cell walls of fungi, bacteria, yeasts and more, beta glucans are natural immune system supporters.† The body doesn’t produce beta-glucans, so they have to come through the diet, including certain mushrooms such as Turkey Tail.
Beta glucans support a healthy immune system, and are important players in healthy immune system function support.†
Glycoproteins are just what they sound like: molecules which have sugar and protein bonded together. The sugar chains of glycoproteins play a role in determining where they go in the cell or the body as well as determining the interaction with other molecules in the cell. In short,
glycoproteins on one cell bind to the glycoprotein receptors on another cell, allowing the cells to communicate with one another, which influences health.†
Glycoproteins are often considered essential nutrients, much in the same way essential fatty acids or essential amino acids are essential. You must get them from your diet because the body can’t produce them.
Since they can influence cellular health, they carry a lot of weight when it comes to overall health. In fact, glycoproteins influence everything from immune health, cellular health, and supporting a healthy response to stress.†
Triterpenes are a group of terpenes—a large and diverse class of organic compounds—found in plant gums and resins. Triterpenes have antioxidant properties which support cellular health.† They also support healthy immune system function.†
But there’s even more immune-supporting benefits in Fermented Turkey Tail!
Ancient Apothecary Fermented Turkey Tail also contains ashwagandha in the form of Organic Ashwagandha Extract (Root and Leaf).
Often hailed for its stress-relieving effects, Ashwagandha is also a powerful immune system supporter.†
In addition to its immune-supporting benefits†, this clinically studied ashwagandha ingredient can:
Reduce physical, emotional and mental stress†
Boost energy and reduce fatigue†
Enhance focus and mental stamina†
Assist in restoring and sustaining energy levels†
Support healthy cardiovascular function†
Help to support restful sleep†
Combined with the Organic Fermented Warming Botanical Blend PLUS the Organic Fermented Botanical Blend AND the power of clinically studied Ashwagandha, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Turkey Tail is a time-honored mushroom for supporting the body’s immune system function.†
To Use: Adults take 3 capsules daily with 8 ounces of water or your favorite beverage. May be taken with or without food.