Introducing Chaga mushrooms, immune boosting to help combat coronavirus


The coronavirus pandemic is inciting panic among masses due to a number of reasons. It’s a new strain of virus, contagious (spreads from humans to humans), and there is no specific treatment and vaccine. Furthermore, it’s exponential growth and spread is creating widespread fear. The primary targets of Covid-19 are the elderly people and those with a weaker immune system. While scientists from around the globe are working day and night to create a specific vaccine, there are proven scientific studies that show the positive role of a healthy immune system in preventing this viral infection .​

Simply put, the stronger the immune system you have, the better the prevention and chances of survival.

So, how can you strengthen the immune system? Well, Mother Nature has got you some incredible herbs, nuts, vitamins, and beverages that can help your body fight and kill the invading pathogens – including coronavirus.

Here’s a checklist of the preventive steps you must be taking to avoid getting the virus.

· Regularly wash your hands for at least 15-20 seconds, with alcohol-based hand rub
· Cover your nose and mouth with a surgical mask (avoid using cloth masks as they are not effective)
· Avoid close contact with infected or unwell people
· Stay home. Remember, the coronavirus won’t come to your home unless you invite it!

Chaga mushrooms:
A type of fungus, Chaga mushrooms is known for their immune-boosting properties. This age-old herbal extract has traditionally grated into a fine powder and used to brew a soothing beverage. Interestingly, institutions like Memorial Sloan Kettering published a paper describing the health benefits of Chaga mushroom.

It grows mainly on the birch trees in cold climates and contains some super immune-boosting ingredients that not only strengthen the immune system but also help your body fight harmful free radicals and cancer cells. A test-tube study has confirmed its anti-cancer properties that are primarily due to the high content of antioxidants present in it.​

However, caution is warranted by the doctors with its chronic use as it can be toxic at high doses. Some studies also suggest that they can interfere with the prescription drugs you might be taking for some illness or disease.

Recent animal research shows that Chaga mushrooms appear to stimulate the immune system and help ward off invading bacteria and viruses. Although these health benefits are yet to prove in human studies and clinical trials, the primary data show that this mushroom has strong anti-inflammatory properties and has been used to enhance mental sharpness, and treat diabetes, and heart disease.

By promoting the synthesis of cytokines – specialized proteins that play an important role in regulating the immune system – Chaga mushroom stimulates neutrophils and monocytes (white blood cells), which are essential to prevent the body from getting bacterial and viral infections.

Packed with potent antioxidants and phytochemicals, Chaga mushroom is also available in supplement form. To sum up, its extracts are proven by many animal and test-tube studies to fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease and improve chronic inflammation, and boost immunity. Still, human studies and clinical trials are needed to determine its optimal dosage and confirm these health benefits. If you are

interested in trying this mushroom in tea or supplemental form, but have concerns about the possible drug interactions or side effects, talk to your doctor first.