Let's try to explain more simply.
Adaptogens are herbal pharmaceuticals. They work to counteract the effects of stress on the body. Stress causes very real physical changes in the body, including harming the neurological, endocrine, and immune systems. Adaptogens have stimulant properties that help counteract those harmful effects.
Chaga is an adaptogen famous for its antioxidant function.
Antioxidants are molecules that fight the free radicals in your body.
Free radicals are compounds that can be harmful if their levels get too high in your body. They are associated with many diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Your body has its own antioxidant protective power, but it is very important to strengthen it with antioxidant-rich foods.
And here on the stage comes our mushroom.
The black outer layer of chaga (sclerotia) contains a naturally occurring high molecular weight pigment, melanin, which is characterized by the highest levels of antioxidants due to its polyphenols.
The main characters here are Beta-D-Glucans (a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals) and SODs (superoxide dismutase, that belongs to the group of enzymes and plays an important role in protecting the human body from the damaging effects of uncontrolled oxidation)
Sometimes, in different sources, you can find completely different indicators of Chaga antioxidant activity. This happens due to the fact that there are several different ways to evaluate antioxidant activity.
The most authoritative assessment developed by the US Department of Agriculture is called ORAC. And even in the ORAC system, the numbers can differ. This can be explained by the fact that these numbers are relative and they are calculated for different volumes of a substance, for example, per gram or per 100 grams.
To get the most reliable results, it is better to make the comparative analysis of Chaga and other products.
Chaga is considered to have one of the highest ORAC indicators (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity - the ability to absorb oxygen radicals) among all superfoods.
Impressive enough? Then stop hesitating and try to add chaga products to your daily ration. Be sure, you’ll feel the difference.