Chaga Health Properties&Attributes
Chaga Health Properties&Attributes
For thousands of years, Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) has been valued and revered as an effective folk remedy, particularly throughout Russia, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Chaga has been used for centuries to promote general health and longevity. The use of Chaga is growing in Western cultures as people search for more holistic and affordable approaches to preventing and fighting diseases, as well as achieving optimal health. Today, both documented historical/traditional uses and modern-day anecdotal testimonials are being examined and are increasingly validated through evidence-based scientific research.
Chaga is in the superior group of fungi/mushrooms referred to as“medicinal” mushrooms. Chaga has many unique qualities becauseof its growth on birch trees at high elevations in some of the most pristine areas on Earth. Birch bark contains many life-enhancing properties itself, and in the maturation process much of the life- giving nutrients are transferred to the Chaga growth, thereby giving Chaga superior properties compared to other popular medicinal mushrooms.
Chaga has been identified as a powerful Adaptogen. Adaptogenscontribute to good health by supporting all the major systems of the body such as the immune system, hormonal system, and nervous system.This is without toxic effect – that is, without causing additional harm or stress to the organism. Adaptogens strengthen the immune system so that the body can more effectively respond, or “adapt” to, environmental, pathogenic, and emotional stressors that are constantly present in our modern day world.
Anti-oxidants play an important role in adaptogenic function byprotecting cells from oxidation and free radical damage. Chaga is tested and shown to provide a superior array of powerful anti-oxidants.
Chaga, also classified as a “Functional Food”, possesses a complexinterrelated combination of phytonutrients, including many bioactive compounds, minerals, and amino acids. Researchers have suggested that these elements work together “synergistically”. This means that individual substances work together to enhance the functions of each other, thereby producing the “overall harmonizing effect” or balancing of one’s life-energy or “Chi”, as described in folklore and supported for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Much of the research on Chaga has focused on isolating and analyzingindividual chemical compounds to determine which are active in promotingoptimal health. The most well-studied compounds are described below:
Triterpenes, especially inotodiol, have been found to have significant anti-tumor, anti-viral (Influenza types A and B; HIV), anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal activity.
Betulinic acid, a pentacyclic triterpene, has been found to have anti-tumor, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-malarial, and anti-inflammatory properties. The highest quality of Chaga grows on birch trees, absorbing large amounts of betulin from the bark, then concentrating and converting it into betulinic acid, which then can be consumed internally.
Polysaccharides and protein-bound polysaccharides stimulate the body’s defense mechanisms by activating a variety of immune effector cell responses, including macrophage and killer T-cells. They have been found to have anti-tumor, antibiotic, and antiviral properties, as well as lower blood pressure, and reduce blood levels of lipids (fatty acids).
Beta-glucans, a type of polysaccharide, have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol, aid in healing wounds, prevent infections, as well as combat parasites and certain cancers.
Melanin is a pigment that promotes healthy skin and hair. Melanins have anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties, and modulate the immune system. Melanins have also demonstrated high antioxidant effects, helping to prevent DNA damage, and have been shown to stimulate DNA repair.
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is an enzyme that provides an important oxidant defense for cells. SOD and ORAC analyses of our Wildcrafted Siberian Chaga Extract showed it to have significantly more SOD than other medicinal mushrooms, other commercial Chaga brands, and high anti-oxidant fruit-based juices.
Polyphenols extracted from Chaga have been found to have extremely high anti-oxidant activity. DBL, a polyphenol recently identified in Chaga, was found to increase cancer cell death (apoptosis), and suppress the invasion of cancerous cells.
Chaga has many additional health benefits, and history has shown Chaga to be safe and non-toxic. Experiments have demonstrated that Chaga is well tolerated by animals. Humans treated with long-term therapeutic use have had no negative side effects.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Chaga enhances theflow of “Chi”, or vital energy, throughout the body, thus promoting health – while Western medicine explains this in terms of adaptogenicand anti-oxidant properties. Chaga is inexpensive and accessible, particularly as compared to most pharmaceutical drugs which oftenproduce serious health and toxic side effects.
Meanwhile, the number of people reporting health benefits from Chagais growing, as supported by an expanding wealth of medical research — evidence that Chaga may indeed be the safe, effective, and inexpensive solution so many people are seeking. Chaga shows to be supportive toone’s overall health, vigor, and longevity.
Today, many studies by the global scientific community show promisingresults that support Chaga’s historical documentation. The many studiesthat have been conducted by researchers, hospitals, and health practicioners produce the credibility that set Chaga a standard above themany other nutritional supplements. Powdered herbal supplements andliquid anti-oxidant drinks just don’t deliver the vast array of concentrated life-enhancing phytonutrients found in Chaga in a simple, easy to use, almost tasteless/odorless supplement suitable for the entire family tomake a part of their health and nutrition regimen.
In the creation of our proprietary Wildcrafted Siberian Chaga Extract,only the highest grade of Chaga grown wild in its natural habitat is used.This special extract is created through a meticulous process that yields thehighest quality of Chaga available today, yielding a formula that containsa wide spectrum of life-enhancing phytonutients. This proprietary processincludes the use of special energized water, which assists in dramatically increasing Bio-availability (absorption by the body).
Chaga powders, teas, alcohol tinctures, and other extracts on the marketare not comparable to our Wildcrafted Siberian Chaga Extract. Most ofthese other formulas do not contain the same level of “life-giving energy” or the full array of phytonutrients in their most potent form, and many aremade from inferior grades of Chaga which are more readily available on he world market. Wildcrafted Siberian Chaga Extract is convenient for the entire family,and it’s easy to take. The bottle is small and portable, and several dropsin a beverage or on food two or three times a day is all it takes to experience the benefits of Chaga.
Wildcrafted Siberian Chaga Extract is introduced by Chaga Internationalas the premier anti-aging supplement for the Wellness Revolution.
* Any and all information contained herein relates directly to historical data and documented scientific studies,is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to make medical or curative claims. For a completelist of bibliographical and annotated references and third party scientific studies, please visit our websiteat www.mychagaworld.com and go to the Science and Research tab under the Product menu. In addition, please view our informative, full-length video program, “The Science Behind Chaga” by Karl Maret, MD.