When Mesothelioma Guide met with the staff at Baylor, clinical dietician Cheryl Bixby spoke with us briefly about supplements – in particular, turkey tail.
It is important that patients speak with their doctor if they are considering adding a supplement to their diet. Many supplements pose no harm to patients, but some are capable of interfering with a patient’s treatment.
What is Turkey Tail?
Turkey tail is a mushroom that dates back to traditional Chinese medicine. It has a mild taste and is considered rather chewy.
Mesothelioma patients can purchase turkey tail in the form of a pill or powder supplement. It can also be bought organically from mushroom growers.
So what is so special about this mushroom?
Many studies and researchers believe that it has valuable anti-cancer benefits.
Turkey Tail Treating Mesothelioma
Sometimes a mesothelioma patient may have a treatment plan that includes chemotherapy. This type of treatment is known for suppressing the immune system.
Mushrooms such as turkey tail are thought to be capable of relieving some of the side effects that a patient may experience. Research has unveiled that this mushroom is capable of complementing radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
Turkey tail is thought to help patients with:
- Bone marrow suppression
- Lower resistance to treatment
Learn more about how mushrooms are helping patients in this short video.
Try This Turkey Tail Recipe
There are many recipes involving turkey tail, that can help add immune-boosting aspects into your diet. Since it is used a lot in healing teas, try this simple turkey tail and turmeric tea recipe.
These tea preparation instructions come from the Dr. Axe website. It can be served hot or cold.
Turkey Tail and Turmeric Tea
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup of turkey tail mushroom
- 5 cups of purified water
- ½ teaspoons of ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon of local organic honey
- Large pot or tea kettle
- Chop your turkey tail mushroom into small pieces
- Pour purified water into your pot or tea kettle and place on stove
- Add chopped turkey tail pieces to water
- Bring to a boil and let simmer for an hour
- Strain the mixture
- Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric and honey
- Stir and enjoy
To flavor your tea more, you can add almond milk or stevia. You can even use a drop of lemon essential oil.