The Chaga mushroom a.k.a “Mushroom of Immortality” is a cocktail of extraordinary complex life-enhancing phytonutrients. It sucks the life out of the tree, but we are stealing it back for our own nurturing purposes. Here are the top 6 scientifically proven and elaborated health benefits Chaga extract provides!
- Skin and hair health and protection.
- Boosts memory and learning
- Anti-inflammatory, anti-viral
The ORAC test was developed by the scientists at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) scores measure the ability of food, oil, or spice to absorb free radicals.
Researchers have determined that consuming foods with high ORAC scores protects against premature aging, age-related memory loss and neutralizes the damage done by free radicals. Guess who was the winner? That’s right – Chaga. It has up to 50 times more Superoxide dismutase1 (SOD) enzymes than wild blueberries, Co Q10, strawberries, leafy greens, truffles, and seaweed.
In fact, wild-harvested Chaga mushrooms have the highest levels of superoxide dismutase content of any known food2! Several studies on aging have found that animals that produce the highest levels of SOD have the longest life spans3.
Comparison of Orac score per 1 gram
Melanin for skin health
On top of that Chaga gets its distinctive dark color because of its very high melanin content. It is the main pigment present in our skin responsible for its health and keeping it beautiful and supple. Not only it helps protect the skin and hair from sun damage, it even helps to diminish already existing age spots!
Anti-inflammatory & anti-viral
Chaga contains β-Glucans who belong to a group of active compounds called “biological response modifiers” and represent highly conserved structural components of the cell was in mushrooms. Beta-glucans are the most studied natural immunomodulator on earth. Their healing properties could not fit in this article, but some of them did fit in this one. They are commonly used to boost the immune system and are often prescribed to fight colds (common cold), flu (influenza), H1N1 (swine) flu, allergies, hepatitis, Lyme disease, asthma, ear infections, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. (p.s. Our Chaga has 30% of Beta-Glucans)
B-Glucans make our immune system smarter by stimulating and supporting it when necessary, wherefore helping our body get healthy and stay healthy. So Chaga does not fight a specific disease or symptom, but it helps the body to heal itself by triggering the existing immune functions. That is probably the reason why Chaga, although used for centuries, has no reported side effects.
Memory & learning
Not only your immune system, but it also makes you smarter!
After treating mice orally with Chaga extract for only 7 days significant cognitive enhancement was observed stressing the critical impact of Chaga, on the higher brain functions like learning and memory. Study here.
Chaga apparently beats cancer
Lab research showed betulinic acid (compound only found in Chaga mushrooms) has an amazing ability to kill cancer cells without affecting healthy cells. This property in combination with B-glucans makes Chaga cancers the worst enemy.
Here are 4 different studies from 4 different institutions on Chaga successfully beating the s*** out of cancer.
P.S. The FDA has recommended that people should increase their antioxidant consumption to 7000 ORAC units a day to help lower their risk of Cancer.
Endnote: Mushroom Cups uses Wild Chaga extract with 50% of Polysaccharides (80% of which are B-Glucans). The percentage of polysaccharides is a measurement for the quality of the product.
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- McCord JM, Fridovich I. Superoxide dismutase. An enzymic function for erythrocuprein (hemocuprein). J Biol Chem 1969;244:6049-55.
- Superoxide Dismutase. Dept. of Health and Food Services Research Center. Tokyo, Japan. Dec. 31, 2008.
- Faraci FM, Didion SP. Vascular protection: superoxide dismutase isoforms in the vessel wall. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2004 Aug;24(8):1367-73.