Trametes versicolor

Trametes versicolor (also known as Coriolus versicolor) are common polypore mushroom found throughout the world. They are saprobic growing everywhere on dead or rotting stumps and branches. Due to its resembling multiple colors in the tail of wild turkey, T. versicolor is commonly called turkey tail. They are also called bracket fungi, meaning that they form thin, leather-like and leaf-like structures in concentric circles.

 

Trametes have been used to treat various maladies for hundreds of years in Asia, Europe, and by indigenous peoples in North America. Records of Trametes brewed as medicinal tea date from the early 15th century, during the Ming Dynasty in China. Ancestors certainly encountered them and most likely explored their uses long before written history. Japanese researchers have focused on how Trametes benefits human health since the late 1960s. It can invigorate vital energy and enable users to become more energetic and live healthier. Trametes is non-toxic and suitable for long periods of use.

 

Active ingredients in the Trametes include β-glucans, argustrol (essential steroids), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin affecting the HDL cholesterol level in the body), fiber, minerals, and korolin. The primary active compounds are polysaccharopeptide (PSP). PSP is protein-bound polysaccharides. It can play an important role in supporting the physiological function.

 

Dalong biotech has long devoted to the research of T. versicolor. In 2013, we got awarded by intellectual property office, Ministry of Economic Affairs in the research proposal of "the effect of Trametes versicolor polysaccharopeptide on cyclophosphamide induced hypothyroidism animal model." Currently, we keep on investigating the benefit of T. versicolor continuously.