What is Chaga Mushroom?
Chaga Mushroom is a black parasitic fungus produced on the living trunks of mature birch that resembles burnt charcoal. Rather than soft like a mushroom, Chaga is hard, almost as hard as wood. It is unique, nothing like common mushroom. It causes the tree’s death in 5-7 years, and in fact, Chaga Mushroom is called “birch cancer” in Russia. The shape of the mushroom also resembles that of cancer in the human body. Chaga Mushroom is known by Siberians as the “Gift from God” and the “Mushroom of Immortality”, this vibrant growth has been used by human to support health for thousands of years. Since the 16th century, Chaga Mushroom has been used as a remedy for cancer and immune system related diseases.
To survive in harsh climates, Chaga concentrates natural compounds for its protection, and that is why it is so powerful. To strength the tree, as well as heal, it makes potent phytochemicals, including sterols, phenols, and enzymes. Researchers have inoculated sick trees with Chaga to strengthen them. People benefit by consuming these forest-source phytochemicals and nutrients. Chaga mushroom has a black look because it has high levels of melanin, the dark color pigment. It is valued mostly because of its medicinal properties.
Chaga Mushroom Scientific Study Evidence
This wood-rotting fungus has been used as a folk medicine in many East European countries including Russia, to treat gastritis, ulcers, tuberculosis (TB) of the bones, and cancer. The inner brown layer closest to the tree is the portion of the fungus most often used. Medical research has shown Chaga to be effective as an anti-tumor agent. In 1958, scientific studies in Finland and Russia found this mushroom provided an epochal effect in uterine, liver, breast, and gastric cancer, and hypertension and diabetes.
The anti-cancer properties of Betulin or Betulinic Acid, a chemical isolated from birch trees, is now being studied for use as a chemotherapeutic agent. Chaga contains large amounts of Betulinic Acid in a form that can be ingested orally. The Chaga Mushroom also contains the full spectrum of immune-stimulating phytochemicals found in other medicinal mushrooms.
In 2004 there was a study done at Department of Medical Nutrition in South Korea. The Chaga Mushroom was evaluated for their potential for protecting against oxidative damage to DNA in human lymphocytes.
Chaga Mushroom Safety & Interaction
Chaga Mushroom is generally regarded as safe when taken in the recommended doses. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.
A study done by Noda et al in 1998 showed that the Chaga mushroom can intervene against the development of tumours. This study was conducted in Poland.
The wild Chaga mushroom is the one credited with having anti-tumour properties giving much needed hope to cancer patients. Specifically, it is the one that grows on Birch trees and not the one farmed for commercial purposes. This is because the Birch tree has a huge impact on the mushroom’s medicinal properties. The bark of the Birch tree has betulin, a compound that is used in cancer treatments. In that form, it cannot be safely consumed by human beings. So the Chaga absorbs it, synthesizes it, and puts it in a form that is safe for human consumption. Today, Betulin and Betulinic acid are not just being studied to help in fighting cancer, but also as agents in the fight against HIV.
In 1958, scientific research had been conducted that associated the Chaga mushroom with the fight against gastric cancer, breast cancer, uterine cancer and liver cancer. These studies were done in Russia and Finland.
The Chaga mushroom has been used to treat psoriasis.Psoriasis is a skin disease where the patient gets patches that look reddish and rough. Every person involved in a study conducted in Russia in 1973 got healed of psoriasis completely. The study group consisted of 50 patients.
The Chaga has been respected due to its curative properties since the 16th century. It is associated with treatment of gastritis. When a person has gastritis, there is pain emanating from within the stomach. It is a situation where the lining of the stomach has gotten inflamed possibly due to prolonged use of medications like aspirin. Alcohol also does enough damage to the stomach lining as to cause gastritis. The causes of gastritis are, however, not confined to those two. It can also result from an infection, surgery and other traumatic situations. Usually when gastritis is chronic, there is a likelihood of infection by the bacterium, Helicobacter Pylori.
The symptoms of gastritis are varied ranging from nausea, vomiting and sometimes a bloating feeling. A common symptom is a burning sensation in the upper side of the abdomen. Some of these symptoms appear in other diseases too so it would be a good idea to go for specific tests. These specialised tests include blood and stool tests. One could also have a complete blood count. Ultimately, gastroscopy may be the test to take.
Luckily, gastritis can be treated by using antacids, antibiotics and other medicines. There are many proton pump inhibitors that will deal effectively with gastritis.
The Chaga mushroom has also been associated with the treatment of tuberculosis. Tuberculosis, commonly referred to as TB, is an infectious disease caused by mycobacteria. The abbreviation TB stands for tubercle bacillus. The most common bacterium causing TB is Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is treatable especially when diagnosed properly and correct medication taken accordingly. Inconsistent treatment can lead to resistance making it difficult for existing medications to treat the disease. If not handled with the intensity and seriousness that it deserves, TB can be fatal. For a long time, about half of all TB patients have been dying of TB related complications.
TB basically attacks the lungs and its causing organisms are airborne. That is why hygienic behaviour is encouraged whenever a person is coughing or sneezing. Although the symptoms of the disease are sometimes quiet, the most common ones are persistent coughs, sputum with blood traces and weight loss. The person may also experience unexplained night sweats and sometimes fever.
This serious disease can also attack other organs apart from the lungs. Such cases take long to diagnose correctly. Effective diagnosis relies on chest x-rays, technically known as radiology. It can also be successfully done by subjecting body fluids to culture tests. For effective treatment, the patient sometimes needs to be put on a combination of drugs for a long period. Concerted efforts have been taken worldwide to sensitise people on the need to go for check-ups and adhere to treatment religiously. In the report of the World Health Organisation, 2011, figures showed that there were 8.8 million new TB cases in 2010 worldwide, and TB related deaths were 1.5 million. The overall TB cases have, however, been reducing.
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Chaga mushrooms contain the highest levels of the powerful antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase
For the past fourty (40) years 1,600 modern scientific studies have demonstrated and proven the pharmacological effects for the immune, hormonal and central nervous system. Siberian Chaga is neither a plant or animal yet its DNA make up is thirty (30%) per cent closer to humans than plants. Classified scientifically as: Basidiomycetes mushrooms to which there are approximately 200 species have demonstrated medicinal values. Siberian Chaga is far and above any other Basidiomycetes. Siberian Chaga contains the highest value ever recorded in the ORAC Scale and is over 40,000 times more potent in antioxidants than the closest natural product in foods or essential oils.
Siberian Chaga Studies Include:
1. Cancer research: a) breast, b) lung, c) stomach d) melanoma and e) bone.
3. HIV and Immune Compromised diseases
6. Cardiovascular Diseases
7. Pneumonia and Lung Disorders
Chaga has been researched as an antiviral, anti-tumor for breast and uterine and other cancers, diabetes, Immunity/Longevity (increasing vital force and strengthen the immune system), as an immune Amphoteric, for reducing the blood pressure, and slowing down heart rate.
Chronic bronchitis or any other infection is a sign of weakened immune systems.
This Super Antioxidant is Your Anti-Aging
CHAGA MUSHROOM, SUPER ANTIOXIDANT, IS THE BEST ANTI-AGING NATURAL NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT
The name CHAGA comes from the Russian word of the mushroom, which in turn is purportedly derived from the word for the fungus in the language of the indigenous peoples in the Kama River Basin, west of the Ural Mountains. It is also known as the clinker polypore, cinder conk, black mass and birch canker polypore. Geographically this fungus is mostly found in very cold habitats and grows very slowly. Chaga Mushroom is a black parasitic fungus produced on the living trunks of mature birch that resembles burnt charcoal. Rather than soft like a mushroom, Chaga is hard, almost as hard as wood. It is unique, nothing like common mushroom. It causes the tree’s death in 5-7 years, and in fact, Chaga Mushroom is called “birch cancer” in Russia. The shape of the mushroom also resembles that of cancer in the human body. Chaga Mushroom is known by Siberians as the “Gift from God” and the “Mushroom of Immortality”, this vibrant growth has been used by human to support health for thousands of years. The fact of wild birch tree needs the most powerful nutrients in order to survive in dramatic environment from the hot summers to the deadly cold winter reaching -30 degree Celsius is important because these nutrients which Chaga draws from and concentrates.
The bioactive triterpene betulinic acid is completely absent in cultivated Chaga. In nature Chaga grows pre-dominantly on birches, and birch bark contains up to 22% of betulin. Betulin is poorly absorbed by humans, even when taken intravenously; its bioavailability is very limited. However, the Chaga mushroom converts betulin into betulinic acid, and many internet sources state Chaga’s betulinic acid is bioavailable, even when taken orally.
High level of Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) has been associated with long life spans.
SOD catalyzes the breakdown of superoxide radicals, the most common and destructive free radicals in the body, into components consisting of oxygen and hydrogen peroxide. SOD then continues its work, neutralizing the by-products resultant of this process to protect cells and tissue from further damage.
Several studies on aging have found that animals that produce the highest levels of SOD have the longest life spans. Normally SOD is created by the body. However, after adolescence the levels of SOD start decrease significantly. This makes it essential, especially for those 25 years and older, to take in extra sources of this antioxidant enzyme.
When mentions about foods with high antioxidant levels, many people immediately think of Ganoderma mushroom or any other berry fruits. However, deep within some northern forests, nature has hidden away a super food with more antioxidant properties than any other edible substance.
The Chaga mushroom is a cocktail of extraordinary complex life-enhancing phytonutrients, a gift from God indeed.
Clinically proven to be one of nature’s safest and most powerful medicinal herbs, Chaga extract contains 25- 50 times more SOD antioxidants than the antioxidant powers of vitamin C, wild blueberries, Co Q10, strawberries, seaweeds, fish oils and many essential oils.
In fact, wild-harvested Chaga mushrooms have the highest levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD) content of any known food.
CHAGA is an excellent natural source of following nutrients.
• Superoxide Dismutase- Powerful, super-antioxidant enzyme
• Beta Glucans- Healing polysaccharides that modulate & enhance immune system response
• Flavonoids- Antioxidant compounds
• B-vitamins- Play an important role in cell metabolism
• Minerals- Necessary to create vital metabolic enzymes
• Plant Sterols- LDL cholesterol lowering effects
• Melanin- Nourishes hair, skin and nails and restores a youthful appearance
• Betulin & Betulinic acid- Possess anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, & anti-cancer properties
• Germanium- Improves tissue function, lowers high blood pressure, enhances eye health & immune function and provides morphine-like pain relief
• Hundreds of other Phytochemicals & Phytonutrients
There are many benefits to the use of Chaga. Commonly, it is used as a daily tonic. It has an amazing nutritional profile to support the body’s general health and ability to balance itself. Chaga has been tested in over 50 clinical studies and referenced in over thousands of publications for its various health benefits.
It has been used to treat various diseases from stomach ulcers, tuberculosis, hypertension, viral infections and cardiovascular disease to diabetes. Recently it has attracted attention as a potential therapy for HIV infection.
Following health benefits was known which leads longevity and healthy life.
Cancer: Laboratory studies have proven Chaga mushrooms inhibit cancerous tumor growth, especially in mammary glands and reproductive organs. Chaga has also been shown to prevent side effects of cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy. Anti-Aging Properties: Phytonutrients protect tissues and cells from free radical damage Anti-Fungal/Anti-Candida, Anti-Viral and Anti-Bacterial Immune System Modulator: Chaga is especially beneficial for autoimmune diseases, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Anti-Inflammatory: Studies have shown that SOD plays a critical role in reducing internal inflammation and lessening pain associated with conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Heart Disease: Lowers LDL Cholesterol & High Blood Pressure Diabetes: Improves Insulin Resistance Skin Disorders: Chaga is an excellent natural treatment for Psoriasis, Eczema, etc. Increases Energy & Physical Stamina: Boosts energy levels, enhances motivation and increases the ability to focus, all while promoting a relaxed, calm mood.
Chaga is completely natural and there have been no reported side-effects in several thousand years’ of use. Furthermore, there are no known conflicts in using chaga. It is completely safe to use every day, even many times a day. It is recognized as a nutritional supplement, and is produced under Good Manufacturing Practices for supplements.