Cola De Pavo mushroom, or Turkey Tail mushroom (Coriolus Versicolor,) is a tree fungus commonly found in forests and other heavily wooded areas. Although quite common, this mushroom has rather uncommon health benefits:
- It has antiviral properties
- Possesses anticancer effects
- Contains a variety of prebiotics
- And even has some anti-HIV properties.
The Turkey Tail Facts
Cola de pavo is just another name for Turkey tail mushroom, which got its name due to its brownish palette of stripes, similar to the turkey feathers. In Asia, this mushroom is often called the “cloud mushroom”, because it looks like a round, swirling cloud. A part of a polypore family, Turkey tail has pores underneath its top, which release spores.
Used for centuries for its amazing medicinal properties, Turkey tail is a popular fungus in Chinese medicine. However, its popularity is steadily growing around the world, making this mushroom a popular remedy in the West too.
Thanks to its unique properties, Cola de pavo has some pretty amazing health benefits:
Boosts the Immune System
Turkey tail has antiviral properties and an ability to boost the immune system’s defenses against various infections, including the common cold and flu. If consumed regularly, this mushroom can boost the health of your immune system, leading to fewer illnesses and diseases.
A few studies have shown that Cola de pavo has some anticancer properties, especially when it comes to breast cancer. The exact properties of the anticancer mechanism that this mushroom seems to possess are not clear, but it does appear that by boosting the immunity, Cola de pavo helps the body recognize the tumor and fight it off. Mycelium may be the key here.
As all mushrooms, Turkey tail contains various types of prebiotics, which could be considered the food of your gut’s bacteria. By feeding your gut’s bacteria the right food, you’re boosting the health of your microbiome and the health of your digestive system.
May Have Anti-HIV Benefits
Thanks to its powerful antiviral properties, Cola de pavo may help people with HIV. Some in-vitro studies have shown that Turkey tail extract called PSP may help prevent the replication of the HIV virus. In other words, by boosting the health if the immune system and by acting as an antiviral agent, this mushroom may help stop, or at least reduce the spread of HIV.
Finally, Turkey tail contains a variety of important nutrients, including various vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, such as potassium, riboflavin, niacin, copper, vitamin D, beta glucans, polysaccharides and others. Cola de pavo is also high in fiber and protein, but low in calories and completely devoid of fat (cholesterol).