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What is Chaga?
Latin name - Inonotus Obliquus
Chaga is King of the Medicinal Mushrooms
Chaga grows in the circumpolar region of the world, in the Northern hemisphere of our planet growing in deciduous forests where birch trees are exposed to harsh weather conditions. Although Chaga mainly grows on birch trees, it can also grow on alder, ash, beech, elm, and can even grow on apple trees. As Chaga grows on the birch tree, this growth feeds on the nutrients and compounds found in the birch tree, concentrating the environmental energy that is extremely potent, in a form more readily available to humans.
In Siberian Shamanism Chaga is known as the "king of the mushrooms." Throughout history, Chaga has been most widely consumed in tea form. In Siberia, regular consumption of Chaga prevented the onset of degenerative disease. It has been observed by contemporary Russians that in the districts where Chaga was regularly used, there was no cancer.
Chaga Health Benefits:
Melanin - Is a complex module that forms skin pigment and is found in many body tissues including, the hair, iris, inner ear, the nervous system, brain, adrenals and the pineal gland. Melanin is a gene protector and DNA repairer, it helps to repair DNA in body cells, and is a powerful free radical scavenger and antioxidant.
Melanin is a very nutrient dense substance. It is what gives Chaga its brown colour. Chaga contains more melanin than any other food or herb known. It is the best nutritional source of the compound, containing pigments similar to the human body. It absorbs harmful UV radiation and is said to dissipate some 99.9% of this radiation to heat. This act is responsible for aiding repair of DNA damage that sometimes ends up as skin cancer, including malignant melanomas. This radio protective property is only found in wild chaga products, and is not found in mycelium products (cultivated). The melanin content of chaga protects against pathogens aiding the immunological defence of the body. There is nothing else better for melanoma than Chaga.
Chaga has amazingly high levels of antioxidants.
ORAC - Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. Chaga has the highest ORAC score ever recorded in any natural food.
Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) - Chaga is known for its very high content of SOD, an important enzyme that functions as a powerful antioxidant. SOD performs a vital antiaging function by neutralizing oxygen free radicals, preventing oxidative damage to cells and tissues. Chaga provides SOD in a form that can be utilised both topically and internally.
Mushroom SOD concentrations units per gram:
Polysaccharides such as Beta Glucans (long chain sugars).
Modern scientific research demonstrate that beta glucans are largely responsible for warding off tumors, cardiovascular, immune deficiences, hormonal imbalances, viral, bacterial and parasitic. Glucans help to heal in synergy best with other polysaccharides, triterpenes, sterols and numerous antioxidants all found in chaga. Beta glucans are an immune modulator, the chemistry behind the production of macrophages that are found in all tissues, blood, organs and the lymph system. These macrophages are described as being the intelligence of the immune system. Its purpose is to find and remove foreign particles, infection within cells, bacteria and tumors.
These cells are produced by the body after beta glucans stimulate cells to be produced in the bone marrow therefore improving the immune system.
Chaga's Beta Glucans benefit the body in being:
and immune amphoteric (reduces blood pressure)
Betulin / betulinic acid
Betulin is an abundant, naturally occurring triterpene. It is high in concentration in Birch bark and the Chaga helps tranform the betulin into absorbable form of betulinic acid. Betulinic acid has been shown to induce mitochondrial apoptosis in different cancer cell lines and inhibit the enzyme topoisomerase, which is essential for the unwinding and winding of the DNA strands in cell replication.
Betulin is the compound that makes the birch “shine bright white”, Betulin, a powdery substance in the outer bark of the birch tree and has been shown to help wounds heal faster and cut inflammation. It has been used by cosmetic companies as a skin toner and restorer, adding the birch bark extract to various products. This white bark of the birch is transformed by the Chaga into its black almost charcoal like hard exterior and the medicinal qualities of the Betulinic acid are only found in wild harvested Chaga.
Betulinic acid in n-vitro studies have shown it to be highly cytotoxic against a wide variety of cancer cells: human melanoma, neuroectodermal (neuroblastoma, medulloblastoma, Ewing's sarcoma) and malignant brain tumors, ovarian cancer, human leukemia HL-60 cells and malignant head and neck squamous cell cancers, including those derived from therapy-resistant and refractory tumors. Its antitumor activity has been related to its direct effects on mitochondria and induction of apoptosis.
Recent studies have shown the betulin has valuable pharmacological properties: antioxidant, antitumorigenic, antigipoksantnym, gepatoprotektornym, antiviral, immunomodulator, antibacterial, that regenerate, antipyretic, bile-expelling. Betulinic acid has been explored as a potential treatment for skin cancer for more than a decade.
Chaga is the only mushroom to contain low ph Betulinic acid which directly targets cancer cells, which are primarily low ph in structure.
Polyphenols, sterols, lanosterols/ergosterols, inotodiols, triterpenoidal saonins,
melanin, betulin/betulinic acid, lupeol, , copper, germanium.
Chaga contains 215 phytonutrients including 29 polysaccharide or beta glucan derivatives.
Barium, Bismuth, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Germanium, Manganese, Selenium, Zinc.
Calcium, Cesium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Rubidium, Silicon, Sulphur, Vitamins B2, D2,
dietary fiber and Amino acids complexes.
Partner or parasite?
There are two different theories about the relationship between Chaga and the birch tree. Firstly one being that Chaga is parasitic, or that it is a cancer of the birch tree. Secondly, the partnership grows with the host tree in a symbiotic relationship that Chaga and birch take something they need from each other. Paul Stamets in mycelium running, stated that Chaga extracts can be used topically against tree diseases, validating the symbiotic model of Chaga.
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