Chaga - Inonotus Obliquus
The Chaga mushroom is a parasitic fungus that grows on Birch and Alder in colder climates. The Chaga has been used in
Russia as a folk medicine since the 16th century and Nobel Prize winning literalist Alexandr Solzhenitsyn credits it with curing
Chaga tea is used in the Russian folk medicine for a wide treatment of ailments including gastritis, ulcers, tuberculosis and
Cancer. Recent studies have shown that it has a very high antioxidant compounds. The FDA has recommended that people
should increase their antioxidant consumption to 7000 ORAC units a day to help lower their risk of Cancer.
What is ORAC?
ORAC stands for "Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity". This is a scale that measures the amount of free oxygen radicals in your body that a food or supplement can absorb. Free oxygen radicals are formed in our body from normal daily living, electricity, pollution, sun exposure and various other unavoidables. These free radicals bounce around our body beating up on our cell structure and organs, making us more susceptible to diseases. Cigarette smoke is full of free radicals. Ever notice how much older smokers look?
Researchers have also discovered that consumption of foods with a high ORAC score help protect against age related memory loss.
Chaga has the highest reported ORAC score in natural foods or oils. Chaga also has Polysaccharides, that other medicinal mushrooms contain, and Triterpenes only found elsewhere in Ganoderma.
Top ORAC fruits and vegetables per 1gm
Wolf Berries 258.1
Garlic Clove 16.9
Steamed Spinach 9.3
Broccoli Flowers 9.1