6 Mushrooms For Coronavirus

Fungi's use for antiviral and immune-boosting properties

Mushrooms for Coronavirus COVID-19

Mushrooms for Coronavirus COVID-19

During a time of coronavirus, we must boost our immune function. Some of the most powerful immune boosters include members of the mushroom family. An article in BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies notes, "Of importance for the understanding of medicinal mushrooms for human consumption, fungal hyphae also secrete a wide variety of defense compounds to deter predators and pathogens. Secreted defense compounds allow the fungi to maintain their territory and evade invasion by bacteria and molds. These compounds may be evolutionarily conserved and offer biological effects for other species such as humans. The medical significance of this is apparent in the famous example of the first antibiotic—penicillin, isolated from the Penicillium chrysogenum mold."

Maitake

Maitake

Maitake (Grifola frondosa). This edible mushroom is known as “hen of the woods” because it resembles the fluffed tail feathers of a nesting hen. In addition to its antiviral and immune-enhancing properties, maitake may also reduce blood pressure and blood sugar. You should be able to find it dried or fresh in Japanese markets, gourmet stores or upscale supermarkets.


Shiitake

Shiitake

Shiitake (Lentinula edodes). This meaty-tasting mushroom is available fresh or dried in grocery stores and Asian markets. The Japanese have extensively studied the shiitake and found it to have immune modulating, anti-viral and cholesterol reducing properties. Certain extracts of shiitake mushrooms are used in Japan as adjunctive therapy to strengthen immunity of cancer patients during chemotherapy and radiation.

Agaricus

Agaricus

Agaricus (Agaricus blazei). This is a medicinal mushroom with anti-tumor and anti-viral activity widely used by cancer patients in Japan and Brazil. It also shows efficacy in biological models against cerebral malaria (CM), a debilitating and sometimes fatal viral disease. One study "strongly suggests that the administration of A. blazei (aqueous extract or fraction C) was effective in improving the consequences of CM ... and may provide novel therapeutic strategies."

Reishi

Reishi

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum). Too woody and bitter to eat as food, reishi mushrooms are available in tea bags, capsules and liquid extracts. Animal studies have shown that reishi improves immune function and inhibits the growth of some malignant tumors. It is also an anti-inflammatory agent. The mushroom marshals your white blood cells to meet the enemy right away.

Chaga

Chaga

Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus obliquus). It isn’t surprising that the latest research on chaga has come from a team of Russians since this medicinal fungus is far more well known there than here. However, the mushroom is gaining a tenuous foothold in the US, thanks to its introduction by nutrition companies and because it is documented experimentally for inhibition of viruses.

Turkey Tail

Turkey Tail

Turkey Tail Mushroom (Coriolus versicolor) is shown to robustly stimulate the immune system and slow viral attack. Both the aqueous and solid fractions "triggered robust induction of CD69 on lymphocytes and monocytes.... The aqueous extract...had stronger activating effects than the solid fraction."

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