In Siberia it is called the "Mushroom of Immortality" and the "Gift of the Gods." In China, it is considered the "King of Plants" (although the mushroom is not a plant), and for the Japanese, it is the "Diamond of the Forest".
The Chaga mushroom was completely unknown in the Western world, while the Russian author and later Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn included it in his 1968 novel The Cancer Ward. It tells the story of a local doctor who noticed that poor villagers had never suffered from cancer. He attributed this to the fact that they could not afford expensive teas and medicines and used Chaga tincture. This novel is believed to be biographical, as Solzhenitsyn himself suffered from cancer.
WHAT IS CHAGA (BIRCH MUSHROOMS CHAGA)?
Chaga mushroom is a tree parasite that grows on live birch trees and feeds on their sap. Like most woody mushrooms, it is almost as hard as the wood itself, and is virtually the most nutrient-rich part of birch. It takes about 20 years to mature and be ready for use. It is rich in polysaccharides and immunomodulatory betulinic acid. In order to survive in the harsh climate where it usually grows, the Chaga mushroom concentrates certain natural ingredients and this makes it so strong. To strengthen the tree, as well as heal it, it forms phytochemicals, including sterols, phenols and enzymes. Researchers are further transplanting Chaga to diseased trees to strengthen them, and humans, in turn, have the opportunity to take advantage of these forest phytochemicals and nutrients.
Due to the high content of its biologically active ingredients - various types of B vitamins, flavonoids, phenols, minerals and enzymes, Chaga mushroom is a powerful tool for health. It is also a source of pantothenic acid, so necessary for the adrenal glands and digestive organs. Chaga mushroom is high in copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and iron.
Scientists have discovered that there are certain plants and organisms that successfully help the body fight the effects of stress and disease and have called these organisms adaptogens. Chaga wild mushroom is one of the most powerful adaptogens and is used as a means to prevent premature aging, as well as to improve physical and mental performance.
BENEFITS OF THE CHAGA MUSHROOMS
The healing effects of the Chaga mushroom include:
- Various studies and studies have found that the consumption of the Chaga mushroom provides protection against oxidative damage to the DNA of human lymphocytes;
- Chaga mushroom is a sure bet when it comes to creating a general sense of well-being, increasing life expectancy, slowing down the signs of aging;
- It can repair damaged DNA through the production of interferons and can inhibit oxidation caused by free radicals. This can reduce hypoxia in the body and increase the body's resilience;
- Scientists have discovered that there are certain plants and organisms that successfully help the body fight the effects of stress and disease and have called these organisms adaptogens. Chaga mushroom is one of the most powerful adaptogens and is used as a means to prevent premature aging, as well as to improve physical and mental performance. The Chaga mushroom contains a substance called superoxide dismutase (SOD), which is an extremely powerful enzyme that stops oxidation, especially of toxic free radicals in oxygen. It is this type of oxygen that leads to oxidation and damage to tissues, which in turn leads to their aging.
- Chaga mushroom is an extremely strong biostimulator. Increases the protective properties of the body, stimulates the central nervous system and improves metabolism. The fungus activates the processes of processing enzymes in the body, cleanses the liver of toxins, regulates the activity of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, acts as a general strengthening immunomodulator.
- It has antispasmodic, antimicrobial, diuretic and laxative effects. Chaga-based preparations normalize the activity of the gastrointestinal tract. They are also used in the treatment of stomach ulcers.
- Chaga reduces the sugar level (using only the inner part of the mushroom for this purpose). It is successfully used in the complex treatment of psoriasis.
- Chaga has exceptional antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. The fungus is used in various infectious diseases, as well as as a means of improving the condition of cancer patients.
- Among other things, the Chaga mushroom also contains pigment-like phenols that protect tissues. Rubbing it into the skin can even lead to a tan, as the Chaga mushroom contains the pigment melanin, which is responsible for darkening.
- In addition to cancer, in folk medicine Chaga is also used against various gastrointestinal problems, tuberculosis, hypertension, viral infections, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It has also recently attracted attention as a potential tool for the treatment of HIV infection.
- Improves metabolic processes in cells, stimulates metabolism and has an anti-inflammatory effect.
- It can help effectively remove grit and kidney stones.