Chaga has anti-cancer properties and can be used as a natural product for cancer suppression
Basically, our bodies are constantly under the potential threat of oxidative stress from harmful free radicals. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals; it happens throughout the day as our bodies metabolize the oxygen we breathe, as our cells use glucose to make energy, when we are fighting off bacteria and of course when we our bodies detoxify pollutants, pesticides and smoke. Oxidative stress occurs when the amount of free radicals exceeds the amount of antioxidants, this leads to an imbalance and consequently, damaged cells. Oxidative Stress has been proven to be one of the underlying causes of cancer. This being said, damage can be prevented with enough antioxidants as they protect healthy cells and halt the growth of cancerous cells (5) Chaga acts as a free radical scavenger in our bodies- so let’s get them into us.
Noteably, chaga mushrooms are high in superoxide dismutase (SOD), which is an important enzyme that functions as a powerful antioxidant in our bodies (1). Chaga mushrooms have an ORAC value of 146,700, which is extremely high (5). ORAC stands for “Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity”, it is a method of measuring the antioxidant capacity of different foods and supplements (5). Higher scores dictate the foods ability to protect against free radicals. In Addition, many studies have been done with mice that indicate extract of I. Obliquus (chaga mushrooms) has anti-cancer properties and can be used as a natural product for cancer suppression and general health care (2). Interestingly, a study found that chaga could slow the growth of lung, breast and cervical cancer cells in a petri dish as well as slow the growth of tumors in mice (4). Finally, for the many of us who need digestion support, chaga stimulates bile flow and can reduce inflammation in the digestive tract helping our gut function and digest more efficiently. link