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The Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) is a non-toxic, medicinal that love growing on birch bark.
Chaga mushroom have been used in folk medicine for thousands of years. Although it looks unsavory and gross, Chaga is a treasure trove of science-backed healing potential. Keep reading to learn more about the extraordinary health benefits of Chaga mushrooms.
The Health Benefits of Chaga Mushrooms
Chaga has been used as a natural remedy for everything from gastrointestinal disease to tuberculosis and cancer for at least 500 years in Europe and even longer in Asia.
The natural healing power of this shroom is that it can extract nutrients from its hosts and concentrate them into itself, leading to amazing quantities of B vitamins, antioxidants, trace minerals, and enzymes among others.
Meanwhile, science has taken our understanding of Chaga to a whole new level, showcasing its antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, cardio-protective, anti-hyperglycemic, and anti-cancer properties.
The Chaga Mushroom has now been declared as a worthwhile dietary supplement, useful as a first-line nutraceutical remedy. In other words, Chaga is a functional food that exhibits significant medicinal and/or tonic qualities from which humans can derive benefit.
Chaga Helps Support a Strong Immune System
Chaga is a powerful potentiating and immune-enhancing “superfood” with vast healing potential.
Our very complex immune system protects us against harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses, parasites, and malignant fungi, leading to dangerous diseases. It is thus critically important to support and improve our immune system with a natural Biological Response Modifier (BRM) like Chaga, which contains :
Beta-D-Glucans (a class of polysaccharides) that help to balance the body's immune system response, boosting or slowing it as needed for optimal function.
Key nutrient compounds that activate an array of immune cells, including lymphocytes, macrophages, and natural killer cells, which allow the body to suppress the formation of chronic health conditions like autoimmune disease, allergies, and cancer.
The powerful immunology Benefits of Chaga have also been acknowledged in the remediation of both food and asthma allergies, atopic dermatitis, inflammation (including autoimmune inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis), atherosclerosis, thrombosis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), listeriosis, septic shock, and perhaps most prominently, cancer.
Chaga Mushrooms Benefits Against Inflammation
Chaga mushrooms contain a variety of polysaccharides that help boost energy levels, promote mental clarity and protect various organs against dangerous inflammation :
- Chaga fungi help relax blood vessels and improve blood flow, thus delivering more oxygen throughout the body.
- Chaga mushroom's constituents help modulate platelet aggregation and is thus recommended for patients suffering from chronic pain, neuropathy, and even diabetes.
- Chaga exhibits both anti-hyperglycemic and anti-lipid peroxidative effects that can also help against high cholesterol in the blood stream.
Chaga is the world's number one source of inflammation-fighting antioxidants. The mushroom has the highest ORAC score (measure of antioxidant potency) of any known superfood, being 3x more powerful than the next strongest known food, goji berries (aka wolfberries) and contains high amounts of Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD.
Finally, Chaga contains a high concentration of melanin, a “super” antioxidant that protects against DNA damage and protects human skin against sun damage.
Chaga Potential Alternative Therapy for Cancer
Chaga can be seen as a premier natural anti-cancer ingredient, suggesting that it may, in fact, be a safe and effective treatment and preventative protocol for cancer.
According to some scientists, Chaga is the most powerfully anti-cancer medicinal mushroom in existence.
Dozens of scientific studies suggest that Chaga exhibits strong apoptotic, anti-proliferative, and chemo-protective benefits.
Its full spectrum of phytosterols, including lanosterol, inotodiol, ergosterol, and fecosterol, are among the many Chaga constituents that have been shown to directly inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells. Chaga also possesses hepatoprotective properties that are particularly relevant not only to liver injuries but also to liver cancer.
The incredible nutrient profile of Chaga is virtually unmatched in the natural world. And due to its many therapeutic uses, this powerful superfood will continue to be the focus of scientific research for many years to come.