Discover The Most Incredible Chaga Mushroom Health Benefits That Will Super Charge Your Bodies Vitality And Well-being Today!
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Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) is fast becoming one of the most popular and well known of all the medicinal mushrooms currently available.
The top five most well known medicinal mushrooms probably being Reishi, Cordyceps, Lions Mane, Turkey Tail and Chaga.
Used for hundreds if not thousands of years by wise and insightful humans to help treat various ailments.
Chaga was also a means of creating fire using early flint spark tools and could be used to transport fire from one camp to the next.
It is not hard to see why it has gained so much popularity in the past as well as our modern times.
So what is all the fuss about?
What do people know that you don't?
Can one mushroom really be that powerful in regards to improving and even healing your bodies health?
To find out the answers to all these questions and more keep on reading!
Chaga Mushroom Health Benefits
1) Chaga Improves Digestion
The following sentance is going to sound obvious but I am going to say it any way. The digestive system is important....very important in fact.
Without it you would not be able to gain energy from food nor would you be able to assimulate all the vitamins and micro nutrients needed to maintain a healthy functioning body and mind!
Now take into account the rise of digestive complaints ranging from irritable bowel syndrome to Crohn's disease and other complaints such as acid reflux or Celiac disease it would seem that our modern digestive system is in need of a helping hand.
The cause of the above health conditions are probably many and varied but the main culprits may well be diet, lack of exercise, stress and possibly a mixture of environmental toxins.
But who cares how the torture rack works wouldn't it just be better to end the suffering and get off?
Well this is where Chaga could come in very helpful.
Revered in Russia and eastern Europe as a powerful folk remedie it was used traditionally for the treatment of tuberculosis, ulcers and digestive complaints as well as liver cancers.
The fungus was normally made into a tea by boiling the inner part of the mushroom in water to create a tea, using roughly 3 to 5 grams of dried Chaga mushroom to make one batch of medicinal tea.
Now tales of old herbal remedies might be ok for some but here at Vitalherbs we like to have some science to back up our health claims. So lets get into the nitty gritty shall we?
One interesting scientific study that may explain why Chaga extract helps to improve digestive function was carrried out on inonotus obliquus polysaccharide (IOP).
The study reveals that IOP induces changes in the gut microbiota and increased the Bacteroidetes at the phylum level, and brings the changes towards a healthy bacterial profile.
The experiment was carried with three different doses of IOP 0.1, 0.2, and 0.4 g/kg/day. The composition of Bacteroidetes was increased about 4.55%, 9.56%, 17.48%, and 20.81%.
When you discover as I did writting this article that there are roughly three pounds of bacteria living in your gut......yes that's right Three Pounds!
Having a healthy bacterial profile seems like a very good idea indeed.
Now to explain why improving our gut bacteria would not only help to improve a persons digestion system, but could also be crucial in helping to over come the obesity epidemic I will let Dr Michael Greger from Nutritionfacts.org explain.
You may be wondering what's the big deal about gut bacteria?
And what does this have to do with digestion?
For our stomachs to digest the food we eat they rely heavily on the bacteria living there to do most of the work. For example Bifidobacterium helps with the breakdown of carbohydrates, fat, and protein during digestion.
Bifidobacterium is vital in breaking food down into smaller components that the body can more readily absorb and use.
Another is Lactobacillus which helps ferment indigestible carbohydrates and also supports the breakdown of sugars in dairy products, which are a common source of food sensitivities.
These two bacterias also produce lactic acid which helps to improve the release of digestive juices and enzymes from the stomach, the pancreas, and the gallbladder.
They also increase the absorption of minerals such as calcium, copper, magnesium, and iron.
So as you can see having healthy bacteria doing the work for you is vital. And there are hundreds more all doing important jobs within the digestive tract this list could go on and on!
Last but not least the betulinic acid and phytosterols found in Chaga mushroom tea can get rid of parasitic worms that can find homes in the digestive system.
And may help to eliminate Helicobacter pylori, a type of bacteria found in the stomach that contributes to ulcers and has been linked to some stomach cancers. More info here
2) Chaga Mushroom Reduces Inflammation
In a study carried out at Konkuk University in South Korea, researchers looked at the anti-inflammatory effects of Chaga in the large intestine to see if the mushroom could be an efficient treatment for disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease and colitis.
Se Young Choi, induced colitis in male mice by administering dextran sodium sulfate. The 28 mice in the test were then split into four groups.
One group was fed a regular, control diet; another group fed a control diet but with colitis the third group was given a chaga diet and a fourth group was given a chaga diet and induced colitis.
They found that the level of serum immunoglobulin E (IgE), a type of antibody that is important in immune defense of parasites, decreased in the groups given chaga compared to the ones given a control diet.
Levels of tumour necrosis factor alpha, a cytokine that regulates immune cells, were also lower in the colitis group given chaga than a control diet.
Because the suppression of tumour necrosis factor alpha is a form of treatment for those with Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease. The researchers believe that Chaga mushroom could be a beneficial form of therapy for inflammation of the intestines.
But as is often the case more studies woud have to be done and human trials would also needed to be conducted to see if the effects translate to humans.
3) Chaga Mushrooms can Fight Cancer cells
Chaga mushrooms health benfefits seem to be quite varied and thus far not fully explored by science which is really a shame for a fungus that seems to possess such great potential.
But there have been some very interesting studies carried out on Chaga in regards to its abilty to fight cancer in cell cultures as well as animal studies.
The first I will mention was carried out on human neurogliocytoma cells cultured in vitro (Latin for within the glass) meaning the cancerous cells were studied outside the body in a controlled environment.
Malignant gliomas (neurogliocytoma) are the most common primary tumors of the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). They are often resistant to treatment.
The study aimed to investigate the inhibitory roles of a polysaccharide extract from Inonotus obliquus or as it is more commonly called Chaga mushroom.
The cancerous cells were given different doses of the polysaccharide extract from low to high. The results showed that the Chaga extract was able to inhibit the proliferation of tumor cells. More info here
This effect was also shown to increase with higher dosages and the longer the extract was administered to the cells.
The second study was carried out on mice who had been injected subcutaneously in the right flanks to develop solid intra-abdominal tumors as well as the tail to produce colonies of metastatic cells in the lung.
None of this sounds much fun for the mice I would have to say but the results were very promising below is a direct quote from the study.
"The extract of I. obliquus (Chaga Mushroom) caused significant tumor suppressive effects in both models. Thus, in tumor-bearing mice, 60% tumor reduction was observed, while in metastatic mice, the number of nodules decreased by 25% compared to the control group" More info here
Chaga Mushroom Health Benefits A Final Thought
We hope that you found this article on Chaga mushrooms interesting and we hope that in the future more studies will be carrried out on this amazing fungus.
Although the In Vitro studies and animal studies do show some positive results without the human studies the results probably will not be seen as definitive.
Unfortunatley unless human studies can be carried out the health benefits of Chaga and other medicinal mushrooms will probably not be taken seriously by the scientific health community.
Lets hope in the future more can be done and these amazing mushrooms become a valid ally in creating a healthier happier future for those suffering from disease.
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