Apparently from out of nowhere, COVID-19 turned our world upside down over the past 3 years. With no clear resolution in sight, infections are continuing to climb and deaths are rising inexorably. And tragically, this growing crisis is rapidly becoming the greatest public health disaster seen in generations. A vaccine is being touted as the final fix, although others are kicking the search for other remedies into overdrive. Meanwhile, many are wondering what effect supplements, such as chaga mushrooms taken for its health benefits, may have on COVID-19.
Chaga Mushroom and Covid
A study conducted targeting Covid-19 with Chaga mushroom showed that chaga mushroom did have a positive outcome as an anti-viral compound against covid-19. More studies need to be done to replicate these findings, but it’s definitely promising and encouraging to see that there are potential natural substances that could be potent remedies.
Chaga mushrooms seem to exert a similar effect by different interactions, as well as by their ability to modulate virus-host cell interactions. The benefits of chaga mushrooms may stem from their unique constituents that may promote the specific targeting of the S1-RBD of SARS-CoV-2. Moreover, as a natural compound, using the Chaga mushrooms at the right dosage is free from adverse effects.
Furthermore, Chaga mushrooms usage improves the specific innate immune system, and helps to reduce proinflammatory cytokines such as interleukin-6 (IL-6), IL-10, tumor necrosis factor A (TNF-a), and monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP). This property helps to decrease COVID-19 case fatality, imposed by the “cytokine storm,” that leads to an uncontrolled amplification and recruitment of inflammatory cytokines and immune cells to fight infection, leading to damage to organs and death.
The present study results revealed that components of chaga mushrooms showed a strong binding interaction with S1-carboxy-terminal domain of SARS-CoV-2 RBD; therefore, this natural product shows promise for interactions with the viral coat protein.
Since the advent of COVID-19, the sales of natural supplements have increased tremendously. Specifically, demand has skyrocketed for mushroom extracts, and one of the most popular is dried chaga mushrooms. Celebrated in homeopathic medicine circles for centuries, chaga mushrooms are thought to provide various health and healing benefits. Recently, the focus in the field of medicine has been more specifically on mushrooms to promote health, even though there is only limited studies of Chaga, which has shown improved immune responses, reduced fatigue, improved digestion, and enhanced mental clarity.
It is speculated that the Chaga mushrooms may be proven health-promoting enhancing agents for severe cases of COVID-19, especially for patients developing excess inflammation. Thus, lab-based studies and clinical trials may uncover prospects of developing a natural antiviral therapy.