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Chaga Medicinal Benefits

For years the medical community has been enthusiastically encouraging people to increase their intake of antioxidants.  To truly appreciate the impact that an infusian of antioxidants can have on your health and well being you need to try chaga.

Chaga is one of the highest antioxidant foods ever discovered. More than this, it's antioxidants are of a special type known as superoxide dismutases (SOD). SOD are considered the most powerful of all antioxidants.

As a folk medicine used in Russia for hundreds of years, it was well regarded for curing stomach problems, skin problems and has been attibuted to a long and robust life.  

Scientific research strongly support these observations.  It has been demonstrated in vitro to reduce DNA damage and oxidative stress of patients with IBS by 55%18.  Another study showed that chaga tea cured psoriasis in 76% of patients after 3 months16.  (An additional 16% showed improvements)

Chaga has demonstrated that it can do more then just heal stomach and skin conditions. Many illnesses are regarded as the accumulation of oxidative damage as the body fails to repair itself. In fact, preliminary research shows it can have a supportive affect for a multitude of conditions such as:

  • IBS2,3,4
  • Psoriasis 16
  • Cancer 6,7,10,13
  • High Cholestrol1
  • High blood pressure1
  • High blood sugar1
  • Immune system regulation 12,13
  • Anti-inflamatory 3,4,15
  • Arthritis 13,14,15 
  • Fibromyalgia 9
  • Aging and longevity 8
  • Asthma 5
  • Sports injuries 9,17

I emphasize that much of this research is in the early stages and no claims can be made at this time.  But why wait?  Try it for your self and take part in the discovery. 

References

1. Jun-En Sun et al. Antihyperglycemic and antilipidperoxidative effects of dry matter of culture broth of Inonotus obliquus in submerged culture on normal and alloxan-diabetes mice,  2008

2. Park YK, Chaga mushroom extract inhibits oxidative DNA damage in human lymphocytes as assessed by comet assay, 2004

3. Mishra SK et al. Orally administered aqueous extract of Inonotus obliquus ameliorates acute inflammation in dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis in mice. 2012 

4. Se Young Choi et al. Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Inonotus obliquus in Colitis Induced by Dextran Sodium Sulfate, 2010

5. Yan G, Protective effects and mechanism of Inonotus obliquus on asthmatic mice, 2011

6. Lee SH, Hwang HS, Yun JW. Antitumor activity of water extract of a mushroom, Inonotus obliquus, against HT-29 human colon cancer cells. Phytother Res. Apr 15 2009.

7. Youn MJ, Kim JK, Park SY, et al. Potential anticancer properties of the water extract of Inonotus [corrected] obliquus by induction of apoptosis in melanoma B16-F10 cells. J Ethnopharmacol. Jan 21 2009;121(2):221-228.

8. J M Tolmasoff, Superoxide dismutase: correlation with life-span and specific metabolic rate in primate species. 1980

9. Amanpreet Singh, Effect of Natural and Synthetic Antioxidants in a Mouse Model of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

10. Caifa Chen WZ, Gao X, Xiang X, et al. Aqueous Extract of Inonotus obliquus (Fr.) Pilat (Hymenochaetaceae) Significantly Inhibits the Growth of Sarcoma 180 by Inducing Apoptosis. Am J Pharmacol Toxicol. 2007. 2(1):10-17. 

11. Shashkina MY, Shashkin PN, Sergeev AV. Chemical and Medicobiological Properties of Chaga (Review). Pharmaceutical Chemistry Journal 2006. 40(10):560-568.

12. Kim YO, Han SB, Lee HW, Ahn HJ, Yoon YD, et al. Immuno-stimulating effect of the endo-polysaccharide produced by submerged culture of Inonotus obliquus.  Life Sci. Sep 23 2005;77 (19): 2438–56.

13. Yeon-Ran Kim, Immunomodulatory Activity of the Water Extract from Medicinal Mushroom Inonotus obliquus, 2005

14. Valéry Afonso, Reactive oxygen species and superoxide dismutases: Role in joint diseases, 2007

15. A. Vaille, Anti-inflammatory activity of various superoxide dismutases on polyarthritis in the Lewis rat, 1990

16. Prof. E.A. Dosychev, V.N. Bystrova, TREATMENT OF PSORIASIS WITH CHAGA FUNGUS PREPARATIONS, 1973

17. 'Free radical injury to skeletal muscles of young, adult, and old mice', Am J Physiol, Vol. 258, pp. C429-435, 1990

18. Mojgan Najafzadeh1, P. Dominic Reynolds, Adolf Baumgartner, David Jerwood, Diana Anderson, Chaga mushroom extract inhibits oxidative DNA damage in lymphocytes of patients with inflammatory bowel disease, 2007

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