Turkey Tail Mushroom and HIV

Turkey Tail Mushroom and HIV

Is Turkey Tail Mushroom Good for HIV?

Yes, turkey tail mushroom is great for HIV. Studies show that the polysaccharides found in turkey tail mushroom are capable of inhibiting HIV-1 reverse transcriptase and protease, which are crucial for the virus to survive. Meaning that the anti-HIV enzyme found in turkey tail mushroom, and it’s overall immunostimulatory effects make it a potential candidate for use as a therapy for AIDS. Who would’ve thought this humble mushroom that can be found in almost any woods on decaying logs had so much potential!

More on HIV | General Information on This Terrible Virus

HIV impairs the immune system, making it extremely hard for the body to fight off the organisms that cause this disease. HIV is an infectious sexually transmitted disease (STI). AIDS is a chronic disease that can endanger lives. Just as it is crystal clear how someone can be infected, so too is it crystal clear how someone cannot be infected with HIV/AIDS.

Although HIV is a virus, it is not transmitted by bug bites, through air, or through water. People cannot get HIV by shaking hands, hugging, kissing, sitting near someone who is infected, holding hands, dancing, playing sports, and so on. So, what happens when the person gets infected? The HIV virus targets and specifically destroys the CD4 T cells. These are incredibly important white blood cells, which play an outsized role in helping the human body fight-off infections.

The less CD4 T cells there are in the blood, the weaker the immune system is, and the individual struggles to battle the disease. When CD4 T cell counts drop below 200 on blood tests, or if complications related to symptoms of AIDS occur, a person is diagnosed with AIDS. The symptoms of HIV and AIDS differ between each person who is infected. These symptoms may even vary depending on stage of infection. After being infected, most people need only a few weeks before they begin experiencing their first symptoms, which may continue for weeks.

During this phase, HIV remains in infected white blood cells. Some people may not develop symptoms, or show any signs of disease, while others may experience mild symptoms, such as a constant swell in lymph nodes. Generally, the chronic HIV infection will last for approximately 10 years unless a person is receiving antiretroviral treatment, and sometimes, the infection can continue for decades, even when an infected person is taking the medication. Unfortunately, some people are affected much more than others, with the HIV infection advancing much faster and much more acutely. After several weeks of the initial infection, some of the flu-like symptoms will be gone, and the disease will have progressed into AIDS.

Most HIV patients who receive aggressive antiviral treatments do not progress to AIDS. In those infected with HIV who are not taking drugs, HIV advances to AIDS after about 10 years. At that point, as HIV progresses into AIDS, the persons immune system is seriously damaged. A mild infection, which for someone with healthy immune systems, will cause little problem, can in this case cause devastating results.

While there is no cure for HIV/AIDS, there are certain types of medications that can have an enormous, life-saving effect on an infected person. These medications can slow down the progress of the disease, lengthen lifespan, prevent secondary infections and complications, and increase the quality of life, thereby reducing deaths caused by AIDS. If HIV is left untreated, then about 10 years later, it will have developed into AIDS.

 

 

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Bruce Wilson

I've studied Mycology and Forest Pathology and love creating content to help other learn more about my passion. Follow along as I continue to explore the amazing world of functional fungi!

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