Chaga – The Invisible Shield
The chaga mushroom is known to be a potent cure for a myriad of diseases. Although different mushrooms hold different benefits for the human body, chaga is perhaps the most far-reaching and powerful in terms of protection against invading pathogens.
This arctic miracle mushroom is known to possess the following properties – and there may well be many more:
- - Anti-tumoral
- - Anti-viral
- - Anti-oxidant
- - Anti-inflammatory
- - Anti-microbial
- - Anti-complementary
Effective against tumors?
One of the greatest health threats we humans face is human malicious tumors. Sadly, such tumors cause more than 7 million deaths every year. Our current and most common strategies for treatment of human malicious tumors involve the combination of surgery and chemotherapy. One can have many opinions about these methods, but there are some aspects which are undeniable:
- Surgery is not only expensive, it is also frequently followed by metastases to other parts of patient’s body – requiring the extreme stress of repeated surgical procedures.
- Chemotherapy often proves to be more harmful than it is useful. The side-effects often encountered after chemotherapy are frightening: anemia, appetite change, bleeding problems, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, hair loss, memory changes, mouth and throat changes, nausea and vomiting, nerve changes, pain, sexual and fertility changes, skin and nail changes, swelling, and urination changes. Add to that the fact that records show that chemotherapy only slightly improves survival rates (40% for testicular cancer, 1-13% for most other types of cancers) – and the treatment is extremely expensive.
Chaga contains a great number of metabolites which have been shown to selectively induce apoptosis (cell death) in tumor cells, with no damage to host (healthy) cells. The mushroom also stimulates immune system effectiveness by boosting production of lymphocytes (a form of white blood cell occurring in the lymphatic system). I won’t say that chaga is some sort of almighty cancer treatment, but the fact that it has no side-effects means it can be a very interesting addition to conventional treatment methods.
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Nightmare for Viruses
Viruses are a class of human pathogens which cause common ailments such as influenza, chicken pox and cold sores. Viruses are also to blame in diseases such as Ebola, AIDS, avian influenza, severe acute respiratory syndrome, H1N1 influenza and hepatitis, to name just a few.
Vaccines can be effective in preventing viral diseases, and as a therapy for treating symptoms. Often, however, they are so expensive that they’re out of the reach of most people, at least for less serious ailments. They can also cause a number of side-effects, from just annoying to truly dangerous. As with most everything else, there’s a time and a place for vaccines, but minimizing the need for them is a wise strategy.
There is evidence to demonstrate the chaga mushroom’s capacity for treating virus-induced diseases. The interesting facts below are just two examples what science has discovered, and what we can expect to see in future.
- - Chaga has showed effective inhabitation of protease (an enzyme that breaks down proteins and peptides) of HIV-1 virus.
- - Chaga exhibits 100% inhibition of both the human and horse varieties of type A and B influenza.
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A Major Antioxidant
Oxidative stress occurs when your body burns calories – converts them into usable energy. Without this process, your body would not have the energy it needs to function. “Burn” is the key word here. Imagine that there is small fire inside your every cell, burning calories and creating energy and waste. The burning waste is called free radicals; it is these substances, which actually causes oxidative stress. The bigger the fire, the greater the oxidative stress. Antioxidants are substances that protect your body from free radicals. The antioxidants are the free radicals’ nemesis.
Oxidative stress is linked to many diseases, from Parkinson’s disease to Alzheimer’s and heart failure. Our modern society is often very stressful, causing the body’s “fire” to burn too intensely and for too long. The result is a large and continuous overload of free radicals. If the body doesn’t have enough antioxidants to counteract the flood of free radicals, we end up with ailments such as chronic fatigue, chronic flu and chronic pains.
Medicinal mushrooms in general are good sources of antioxidants, but the chaga mushroom tops them all. It has been shown that chaga mushrooms are:
- - One of the richest sources of SOD (superoxide dismutase) – the strongest known antioxidant in the human body
- - Known to protect the mitochondria (the cells’ “power plants” – this is where those “fires” are located) and the DNA of human lymphocytes
- - Effective scavengers of the harmful free radicals DPPH and SOA (SOA is believed to be me the most harmful of them all)
- - Effective in protecting the skin against the effects of UV radiation.
Almost too good to be true
If that isn’t already enough, the chaga mushroom is (or is believed to be):
- Effective against harmful bacteria
- Effective against leukemia
- Effective against malaria
- Effective in decreasing “bad” (LDL) cholesterol
- Beneficial in improving the quality of skin, eyes and hair
- Effective in cleansing the liver and blood
- Effective in normalizing blood pressure.
Chaga contains vitamins D2, B1, B2 and B3, and minerals such as magnesium, chromium, iron and potassium. An additional very interesting fact about chaga is that it is completely non-toxic, and can be consumed in huge amounts without any side effects.
The chaga mushroom can majorly, holistically help your body thrive, all without side effects. It’s a natural food – you just couldn’t get an “overdose.” If someone could patent the chaga, it would be one of the most expensive medicines in the world. Then again, big pharma wouldn’t like it – it would be too effective at increasing overall health, and that would decrease their long-term income.