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Chaga

Updated: Feb 25



Chaga's History


Chaga Mushroom (Innotus Obliquus), often referred to as the "King of medicinal mushrooms", looks like a dark black woody mass rather than a mushroom and, in fact you probably wouldn't even recognize it as a mycelium species when walking through the forest. However, this unusual looking variety is one of the most powerful adaptogens and superfoods on the planet, exhibiting immune-supporting complex polysaccharides that are considerably more potent than most any other medicinal mushroom.

This black tree fungus has long been respected in Northern Europe, Canada, China, Finland, and Russia for its immune-boosting qualities. Chaga mushroom tea has played a significant role in Russian herbalism and Siberian folk medicine for hundreds, if not thousands of years, particularly for its ability to help humans adapt to cold harsh climates. Acknowledged by the Chinese Monk Shan Nong in the book "The Sen Nong Ben Cao Jing" written in 100 B.C. it was described as "the king of herbs" and "a precious gift of nature. The fungi became popular here in the West in 1968 when the Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn published the book, "The Cancer Wound", in which he speaks about "the tea from the cancer patients. While the exterior of the mushroom looks like a burnt black mushroom has actually been used as a long-burning firewood source as well as a clothing dye in many parts of the world.

There is an exceptional amount of immune-boosting antioxidants found in chaga such as beta glucans and betulinic acid, in addition to various other triterpenes and sterols as well as melanin and superoxide dismutase (SOD).

In addition to sterols, polyphenols and polysaccharides, the mushroom also contains a host of other superhealthy antioxidant constituents including melanin and superoxide dismutase as well as triterpenes, like betulin, inotodiol and lupeol. Furthermore, It is also gaining recognition around the world for its ability to help inhibit tumor growth via certain anti-mutagenic compounds like betulinic acid which it concentrates in high amounts from birch bark.


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Science


Chaga Mushroom is a highly regarded Siberian tonic that has been used for centuries to promote longevity and well-being. High in antioxidants, it can be used for immune and detoxification support. Also with naturally occurring vanillic acid, Chaga has a unique, full-bodied taste with the increased

Grown Organically, Chaga Extract is loaded with antioxidants(Highest Amount from Anything in the world), keeps your Eyes, Nails, Skin and Hair youthful through Melanine.

Extreme Anti-Inflammatory and is used for immune and detoxification support. Anti-viral, Highly Alkaline, it helps with Digestive issues and provides great support

against Pathogens.


The mushroom draws upon and concentrates nutrients out of the birch tree lignins and bark, converting them into a form that is easily digested by humans. One of these nutrients is a triterpene called betulin, which it absorbs specifically from the bark and further converts to betulinic acid. This is one of the active compounds and tumor-inhibiting components that is inherent to the Chaga M Species. Along with the Coriolus (Turkey Tail Mushroom), it is viewed by many mycologists and health experts as one of the strongest anti-tumor mushrooms available.


Betulinic acid induces apoptosis (PCD) through it direct effects on the mitochondria and once inside the cancer cells are believed to influence cell death within the tumor itself. Other research coming from Poland suggests that betulinic acid is also beneficial as an antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. In addition, they are a known immune enhancer as well as a liver tonic (Stamets 2005) In a 2001 study published in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, it was noted that "Chaga fraction elicited anticancer effects which were attributed to decreased tumor cell proliferation, motility and induced morphological changes". In addition to a full spectrum of phytonutrients, Chaga mushroom also contains 29-long chain polysaccharides, protein-bound xylogalactoglucans, and beta-glucan derivatives. The beta-glucans in Chaga, especially 1-3 beta-glucans, help to activate our immune cells or macrophage defense systems working on both the surface immune system as well as stimulating stem cells deep within the bone marrow reserve. This further "supercharges" and activates various other immunes cells such as natural killer cells (NK cells) and T cells. The triterpenoid element found in the mushroom called inotodiol, which is drived from lanostane compounds, show promising effects as anticancer agents in a study conducted in 2010. The results that l.obliqus and its compounds in these subfractions isolated from L.Obliqus could be usedas natural anticancer ingredients in the food and/or pharmaceutical industry




Benefits



This superfood mushroom is loaded with antioxidants that help fight free radicals to keep skin youthful. Not a polypore, Polys not high betagluten , Highest amount of antioxidants from anything in the world, Different Antioxidants (SOD) Superoxide Dismutase (Antiviral antiiflammatory, Melanine (Eyees , nail , skin , hair , internal sun block/beauty, Betuline Betulinic acid - (Antiviral compound ever), Digestive issues Colon cancer, Digestive truck, Gut healing, Potassium , Zinc, Magnesium, Iron, (High Alkaline)


1. Extreme Anti-Inflammatory


2. Melanine ( Nails, Skin, Hair)


3. Antioxidants and Minerals ( Great support against Pathogens)


4. Anticancer effects of fraction isolated from fruiting bodies of Chaga medicinal mushroom, Inonotus obliquus in vitro studies.

5. Anticancer activity of subfractions containing pure compounds of Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) extract in human cancer cells and in Balbc/c mice bearing Sarcoma-180 cells. 6. Anti-inflammatory and anticancer activities of extracts and compounds from the mushroom Inonotus obliquus.

7. Orally administered aqueous extract of Inonotus obliquus ameliorates acute inflammation in dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis in mice.

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