Antioxidants are substances that bind and remove damaged molecules called free radicals, thus blocking the oxidative processes of body cells. The content of the natural high molecular pigment - melanin that the black outer layer of chaga (sclerotium) has characterizes the highest level of antioxidants due to the polyphenols in it.
Chaga is considered to have one of the highest ORAC indicators (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity - the ability to absorb oxygen radicals) among all superfoods.
The antioxidant value of chaga mushroom extract described in ORAC units is: 148,300 μ mol TE/100g.
Table. Test results of antioxidant activity of Chaga Extract by Chaga Laboratories compared with other well-known products with high antioxidant properties
Moreover, chaga consists of the following antioxidants:
β-glucan is a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals.
- SODs (superoxide dismutase)
One of the most important antioxidants in chaga that belongs to the group of enzymes. These enzymes play an important role in protecting the human body from the damaging effects of free radicals and uncontrolled oxidation.