University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School researchers reported that the mushroom, Rozites caperata, otherwise known as “gypsy”, may provide protection against herpes, influenza A, and other viruses. In vitro test, the mushroom prevented herpes simplex 1 and 2 from growing and it lessened the severity of ‘herpes-related’ eye disease in mice. The mushroom also blocked influenza A, varicella zoster ‘virus’, chicken pox, and a respiratory ‘virus’.
The Development of the Antiviral Drug RC 28 from Rozites caperata (Pers.:Fr.) P.Karst. (Agaricomycetideae)
Antiviral Res. 1999 Sep;43(2):67-78. Isolation and partial characterization of an antiviral, RC-183, from the edible mushroom Rozites caperata – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10517309
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