Benefits of Chaga
1. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Chaga
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Studies of the chemical characteristics and biological function of chaga mushroom extracts have proven its high antioxidant activity, which can prevent or slow down cell damage.
In this regard, chaga mushroom has one of the highest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) - the ability to absorb oxygen radicals). - The antioxidant value of chaga mushroom extract described in ORAC units is: 148,300 μ mol TE/100g. Just for comparison, ORAC level of wild blueberries is 2400, Ganoderma has ORAC level of 9244, which implies that chaga mushroom has outstanding antioxidant abilities.
Chaga is the most powerful adaptogen!
The tannins that make up the chaga are capable to fold protein and contribute to the formation of a protective layer on the mucous surfaces of organs, thus providing an anti-inflammatory effect. Scientists claim that one of the factors resulting in hypertension is oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Oxidation retarders of chaga mushroom may remove free radicals from the body, consequently normalizing blood pressure.
Table. Test results of antioxidant activity of Chaga Extract by Chaga Laboratories compared with other well-known products with high antioxidant properties
2. Chaga supports immune system
Chaga helps support and restore the immune system
Chaga contains Beta-D-Glucans in large quantities that balance the reaction of the human immune system to negative external factors. The biologically active substances of Chaga have the ability to accelerate the immune system or slow it down when it is overactive. Polysaccharides absorb toxins, resuming the work of macrophages and T-killers, which destroy inferior cells of the body. The immune system is a set of organs forming the cells of the lymphoid series that carry out protective reactions of the body, that is, create immunity to substances that have foreign antigenic properties.
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3. The antiviral effect of chaga mushroom substances
How to protect yourself from Viruses with medical wild Chaga mushroom.
Studies by Japanese scientists Yusoo Shin, Yutaka Tamai, Minoru Terazawa, as well as research results from Siberia, supervised by Professor Teplyakova, has proved that unique triterpene compounds, chromogen-polyphenol complexes the wild Chaga mushrooms contain help resist various viruses. Chaga mushroom extract demonstrated the ability to protect healthy cells from the Herpes virus as a result of the studies of antiviral activity on a Vero cell culture. Moreover, Chaga proved to be effective fighting against HIV-1, West Nile Virus (WNV), Influenza Virus of various subtypes, as well as Smallpox Viruses and Monkeypox Viruses. According to scientists, the antiviral effect of the medical Chaga is associated with a non-specific reaction with free virus particles. Compounds derived from Chaga can block healthy cells, thus protecting host cells from different viruses. Studies were carried out on a large number of mushrooms, however, only Chaga showed maximum antiviral activity.
4. Antitumor effect of chaga extract
Since ancient times chaga extracts have been used as traditional medicine for the treatment of cancer. Laboratory studies show that water and water-alcohol extracts from chaga are effective against human and animals cancer cells (in vitro).
5. Chaga Substances Manages Diabetes
Diabetes mellitus is one of the main threats to human health. According to the World Health Organization, the number of people with diabetes has increased from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014 and keeps increasing every year.
The therapeutic approach to reducing hyperglycemia is to slow down the absorption of glucose by inhibiting carbohydrate-hydrolyzing enzymes in the digestive system.
Polysaccharide extracted from the Inonotusobliquus fungus has antidiabetic effects, being a natural and effective inhibitor of α-glucosidase (an enzyme responsible for the breakdown of the sucrose molecule into glucose and fructose), which impedes the penetration of carbohydrates into the blood, thereby affecting the level of blood sugar after food intake.
6. Chaga mushroom has positive effects on central nervous system
7. Chaga Normalizes Cholesterol Levels
The studies proved that betulinic acid in chaga is able to break down LDL (low density lipoproteins) cholesterol (bad cholesterol) in the bloodstream, consequently lowering cholesterol level. Chaga mushroom, among numerous antioxidants, also contains complex sugars called polysaccharides. These polysaccharides exhibit a hypolipidemic effect, that is, contribute to lowering blood cholesterol. This is important because cholesterol is the reason for cardiovascular disease.
8. DNA Damage protection
Chaga mushroom extract is able to protect cellular DNA from damage caused by free radicals.