Exclusive: Is It True that Lingzhi Ganoderma Prevents & Fights Coronavirus?

Sunday 8 August 2021

Lingzhi Gannoderma has been widely researched over the years and its ability to fight virus is well-known. So when the covid-19 pandemic happens, researchers simply do additional research to prove that it also helps to fight this particular virus.

Six Research Findings

Report 1 - China (Issue 89 (2021) of Healthy Ganoderma Magazine)

I have translated an extract of the above research news:

Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides effectively inhibit the growth of new coronaviruses in animal lungs. Since the outbreak of covid-19, Ganoderma lucidum's excellent ability to regulate immunity has been regarded as the theoretical basis for Ganoderma to help fight the epidemic. The report published in the February 2021 issue of PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) by a team led by the Genomic Research Center of the Academia Sinica has finally provided direct evidence for Ganoderma lucidum to suppress the SARS-Cov-2.

The researchers first infected lab hamsters with covid-19, and then orally administered Ganoderma extract the next day, at a daily dose of 200 mgkg. After 3 days of treatment, it was found that the amount of covid-19 in the lungs of these hamsters was only about half of that of the untreated control group. Since the weight of the hamsters did not drop significantly, the researchers concluded that the multi-extract of Ganoderma lucidum can be used without any concerns about food safety.

Ganoderma lucidum effectively inhibits the proliferation of covid-19 in the body. Although this is only a result of an experiment on hamsters, but because the respiratory tract tissues of hamsters is similar to that of humans, when the immune system is stimulated by infection, it also produces cytokines similar to humans, so the experimental results have their reference value.

This study is not an independent study of Ganoderma lucidum. The researchers intend to select ingredients that "can inhibit new coronavirus infections". Therefore, they used 2 rounds of in-vitro cell experiments to comprehensively evaluate the safety and effectiveness of more than 3,000 existing water extracts and Chinese herbal medicines. 

In the end, 7 "potential devices" including Ganoderma lucidum extracts were selected. The result is a reminder that neither animals nor humans is a single cell being, but are composed of multiple cells - a whole set of systems are fighting the virus. The dazzling performance of Ganoderma lucidum in the body must be related to the enhancement of the antiviral ability of the whole system (including the immune system). 

A brief explanation of the graph above..

Mefloquine, Nelfinavir, Salinomycin and Thioguanine are drugs to treat malaria, HIV, bacteria (antibiotics) and leukemia respectively. Although Mefloquine and Nelfinavir are more effective than Lingzhi in inhibiting covid-19, the drugs can only be used for treatment, and can never be taken to prevent infection.

RF3 is an extraction of polysaccharide from Lingzhi. The experiment proves that Lingzhi polysaccharide can effectively inhibit the survival of covid-19 in lungs.

Perilla Frutescens and Mentha Haplocalyx are plants in the mint family. They are also known to be effective in fighting coronavirus. You may think in that case, they are a good solution as they are cheap. 

However, the time taken to prepare and the volume you have to drink is not feasible. According to the experiment, you need to spend 4 hours to extract 1g of herbs in 20 ml (20,000 mg or 20 g) of water. In the animal experiment, equivalently, they need to take 200 mg (0.2 g) of water extract per 1 kg of body weight per day to convert to the amount required for human consumption. Therefore, it is not feasible in terms of the volume of raw material and time needed to prepare, not to mention the quality and consistency of active ingredients in the plants. 

In conclusion, not only is Lingzhi safe to consume, it is also convenient as it is readily available. 

Taking a step back, let's try to understand how covid-19 attacks lung cells..


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