Another male-centric post.
Regarding beta-glucans, immunity and androgens etc;
We can see here that Trametes Veriscolor has no effect on androgen receptors (page 8)
Trametes versicolor(Synn.Coriolus versicolor)Polysaccharides in Cancer Therapy: Targets and Efficacy
I can't see any references to Turkey Tail/Trametes Veriscolor affecting testosterone/libido etc. in the literature or anecdotally online. May have less of an effect on 5-ar than Lion's Mane?
According to this paper the beta-glucan content seems somewhat interchangeable if not higher in Turkey Tail. Understandably this will vary product to product.
Measurement of β-Glucan in Mushrooms and Mycelial Products
I assume something beyond beta-glucan content matters in these mushrooms as we know they're complex beasts.
I'm tempted to continue on with the Turkey Tail rather than hop onto Lion's Mane which has seemingly lowered my libido in the past. It's a tough call because I don't understand if lowering libido/T/5-ar or whatever is considered a positive outcome for inducing the correct pathways for viral immune response. Thoughts @joshua.leisk
So I have been trying to read and absorb the information in this thread whilst getting possibly a little over excited at the prospect of this combination on having some effect on my remaining fatigue and secondary issues. To be clear, I do not experience severe PEM, I do experience varying levels of post-prandial fatigue from carbohydrates which, it turns out are pretty tough to avoid as a human.
The more I read, the more I'm realising I've been inadvertently doing much of this protocol. I've incidentally been taking arabinogalactan which the Now Foods Additional beta-glucans
contains. You can read about them here
, they have seemingly been doing something positive for fatigue and immune system in addition to the gut. Great stuff, unfortunately not cheap for effective dosage.
I have previously had good success using this
beta-glucan blend from Oriveda which is quite pricey, containing Maitake, Reishi, Cordyceps Militaris & Turkey Tail. This felt like an androgen booster, but probably too much so for use during this protocol. I'm unsure how much better than average that company's products are to justify the price anyway.
Excited to fast this week.