Can Medicinal Mushrooms Help With The Flu? – Yes They Can!

by : Kristina Okuda

Our immune systems are affected not only by stress and diet, but also by the environmental conditions in which we live. The toxins in the air, water, and soil weaken our natural defenses especially during fall and winter. Most people think that there is a cold and flu season but that is not correct.

There is no “season”, but there is a time our body is more susceptible to illness because our immunity is lower. You can get the flu during the winter or summer…

Why Agaricus blazei Murrill Medicinal Mushrooms?

They help stimulate the innate immune system which is our first line of defense against  bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungal infections. Mushrooms are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients. They also contain higher levels of Beta-D-glucans and Vitamin D.

Do All Medicinal Mushrooms Have The Same Levels Of Vitamin D?

Vutamin D
Turkey Tail
IU / 100grams

Source: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms vol 7 numbers 1&2, 2005 pg 106-107

ABM Medicinal Mushrooms & The Flu Does It Help?

Can Medicinal Mushrooms Help With The Flu?

It does! Studies have shown they improve immune function by helping provide antiviral activity against both Type A and B influenza viruses. In a recent study done with Agaricus blazei Murrill medicinal  mushroom on H1N1 the mushrooms helped prevent the spread of the influenza virus.


The new coronavirus or COVID-19 is now growing at a rapid rate outside of China and health authorities are warning of a global pandemic. It is hard to contain a virus when there are no drugs to combat it yet to date; and travel is quick and easy compared to 100 years ago. We can go from point A to point B quickly by using a car, plane, or train, and not take months like before. This makes it harder to contain a virus like that unless you quarantine infected people or entire regions. Shutting borders down and other drastic measures not only disrupts people’s lives, but also has economic consequences as well.


One of the more severe effects of the new COVID-19 is that the person develops pneumonia. In 2005, they studied the ABM mushrooms and what effect they would have on a streptococcus pneumonia infection. Even though it can be treated with antibiotics, the bacteria has frequently become immune to them. It is especially dangerous for small children when 1 in 15 can die from it, as well as for the elderly. The good news is that the ABM mushrooms show a protective effect due to it strengthening the immune system, and it can also have a preventative effect as a potential treatment against bacterial infections. 

Why Do We Get the Flu Mostly In The fall And Winter?

Most people have low levels of Vitamin D especially during the colder months as they tend to stay indoors. About 85% of adults are vitamin D deficient but that is easily corrected. Several studies have shown a link between Vitamin D deficiency and respiratory infections so Vitamin D is essential to increase immunity and fight off infections or helps reduce the duration of the flu. 

If you are Vitamin D deficient you have a higher risk of getting sick.

Vitamin D can be found in just a few foods like ABM mushrooms, salmon, sardines, egg yolks but mostly through sun exposure. 


What Are The Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Getting The Flu?


  • Pure Brazilian Agaricus blazei Murrill Medicinal Mushrooms will help keep your immune system strong, schedule a call with us today!
  • Get at least 20 minutes of sun everyday.

  • Wash your hands often and avoid contact with your mouth, eyes, and nose.

  • Get enough sleep.

  • Avoid stress as it lowers your immunity.

  • Eat a well balanced diet.

Be well,

Kristina Okuda

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