Chaga mushroom contains polysaccharides/beta glycans as the main active constituents. These mushroom carbohydrates help increase energy levels and also boost liver and brain function. According to various scientific studies, the betulin/betulinic acid component present in this fungus helps kill cancer cells!
- Health Benefits of Chaga
- Side Effects
Chaga is a type of fungus and is commonly known as a medicinal mushroom (R) scientifically known as Inonotus obliquus.
It may be able to improve/treat the immune response, cancer, and diabetes and also improve Growth and Physiology (R).
Health Benefits of Chaga
1) The Antioxidant Properties of Chaga
Chaga has a high content of Superoxide Dismutase, which is an enzyme that functions as an antioxidant.
2) Chaga Intake Suppresses Cancer Progression
Extracts of Chaga have demonstrated potent anti-tumor activity and are used for cancer treatments in some countries.
A study using mice with Lewis lung carcinoma found that after 3 weeks, 3 mg/kg/day dosage proved to be effective.
In tumor-bearing mice, 60% tumor reduction was observed.
In metastatic mice, the number of nodules decreased by 25%.
The mice showed an increase in tumor agglomeration and inhibition of vascularization and there was a decreased body weight in middle-aged mice.
Body temperature was increased in response to light-dark switching in mature adult mice and there was a temperature drop in tumor-induced mice.
This information demonstrates that Chaga could be useful as a natural remedy for cancer suppression and a treatment for hepatomas by promoting energy metabolism (R).
3) Chaga Improves Immune Response
Chaga can improve the immune response while lowering inflammation.
It acts as an “adaptogen” and either increase or decrease activity depending on what the body needs at that time.
The ability to improve the immune response is done by acting as an antioxidant, stimulating chemical messengers, increasing levels of infection-fighting cells.
Also, reducing inflammation and inhibiting the inflammation cascade, lowering levels of antibodies, preventing the breakdown of cell walls, inhibiting virus, and improving the inflammatory profile (R).
4) Chaga Promotes Gastrointestinal Health
The immune-boosting properties of Chaga make it useful for supporting Gastrointestinal health (R).
It can be used to treat ulcers depending on the severity (R).
5) Chaga Can Improve Diabetic Health
Studies using mice found that Chaga decreases blood glucose levels in one week.
It could reduce total cholesterol, triglycerides, and harmful LDL cholesterol.
Liver glycogen levels, insulin levels, and beneficial HDL cholesterol are also increased. The ability to break down LDL cholesterol allows it to normalize blood pressure (R).
6) Soothing Properties of Chaga
Chaga supports normal blood vessels and soothes them when irritated.
For this reason, It can help with pain management, neuropathy, and diabetes, as aforementioned (R).
Chaga should not be taken with blood-thinning medicines. It should not be taken in conjugation with diabetes medicine.
Side-effects of this fungus are still being studied (R).
- Chaga inhibits cell growth in a dose-dependent manner.
- It causes G0 and G1 phase arrest during mitosis, which stops proliferation and causes apoptotic (bursting) cell death.
- It decreases the expression of p53, pRb, p27, cyclins D1, D2, E, and cyclin-dependent kinase 2, 4 and 6 (R).