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The Chaga Mushroom and it's Medicinal Antiviral Properties

The Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) is known to have strong antiviral properties. It has been used as traditional healing medicine for hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of years

Chaga has been proven to help fight viral infections such as herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1. It was shown that Chaga had a protective effect on the cells infected with herpes and prevented further destruction of the cells that had been treated with Chaga extract. 

A similar study aimed at treating hepatitis C with Chaga extract shows data indicating that the Chaga extract inhibits production of infective hepatitis C virus. The study shows a very strong reduction in its infective properties within a few minutes. 

In another study, tests of the antiviral activity of Chaga against human influenza showed complete inhibition (100%) against many influenza viruses. The antiviral activity is thought to be thanks to betulin, lupeol and mycosterols, all found in Chaga.   

No wonder this powerful mushroom has been nicknamed 'The Mushroom of Immortality,' it is a very rich source of antioxidants, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. The popularity of Chaga has exploded in the last few years as the western world starts to discover the wonders related to the mushroom found here in Canada. Chaga with it's powerful antiviral and antibacterial capabilities should be an essential part of your everyday well-being routine.

Chaga On!




Polkovnikova, MV. A study of the antiherpetic activity of the chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) extracts in the Vero cells infected with the herpes simplex virus. 2014 Mar-Apr;59(2):45-8 

Shibnev, VA. Antiviral activity of Inonotus obliquus fungus extract towards

Pan H-H, Yu X-T, Li T, et al. Aqueous Extract from a Chaga Medicinal Mushroom, Inonotus obliquus (Higher Basidiomyetes), Prevents Herpes

Kahlos, K. Preliminary test of antiviral activity of two Inonotus obliquus strains. Fitoterapia.1996;67:344–347

*As is the case with all natural products, please consult your health care provider for health related concerns. 

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