Chaga: Anti-Aging Hero?
As we get older, we all know the ailments associated with it. Gradually we feel more and more aches and pains, we are less able to cope, we sometimes forget something and yes, unfortunately with age our body does not become more beautiful either.
Is there nothing that can be done about that, I wonder? Can't we slow down that aging a bit? I don't think I'll be able to stop completely, but right?
In my search for a solution on the internet, I came across a fascinating article that explained how the aging process works and what we could do to get a better grip on it.
But what is aging really. A definition I found says something like this:
“From what is commonly called middle age, actions and movements of the human body become more vulnerable to daily wear and tear: there is a general decline in physical and possibly mental functioning. During the second half of our lives, a person is more prone to problems with the various functions of the body and to developing chronic or serious diseases. The cell division that used to be fast to keep the body in shape is rapidly decreasing.”
What now appears is that the Chaga mushroom, also called the “Mushroom of Imortality” is a cocktail of extraordinary, complex, life-enhancing phytonutrients (substances found in plant foods and important for human health). You should know that the Chaga mushroom actually like a pest mainly lives on the birch tree and takes the nutrients directly from the trunks and branches of the tree.
The main health benefits of this mushroom are in the following areas:
- Anti-aging – aids in health and protects skin and hair;
- Anti-inflammatory, antiviral and immunomodulation (meaning: improvement of the immune system) and
- Critical influence on higher brain functions (learning and memory).
In this article I just wanted to focus on the aging process for now without compromising the other areas. In a subsequent article I can devote more attention to the other areas mentioned.
It is going too far here to go into detail about an ORAC test, a test that was developed by the scientists at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). For now, it's important to know that ORAC scores measure the ability of a food, oil, or spice to absorb free radicals (these are highly reactive oxygen molecules that cause the oxidative stress that leads to premature aging of the skin).
What's special is that researchers have found that consuming foods with high ORAC scores protects against premature aging, age-related memory loss and neutralizes the damage done by free radicals. Now let me guess who is the category leader within these scores?
Exactly chaga. chaga has up to 50 times more superoxide disnutase enzymes than, for example, wild blueberries, strawberries, leafy vegetables, truffles or seaweed. In fact, wild harvested Chaga mushrooms even has the highest content of these enzymes of all known foods.
In addition, chaga its characteristic dark color is due to the very high melanin content. Now let that be the most important pigment in our skin that is responsible for health and keeping our skin beautiful and supple. Not only does it help protect the skin and hair from sun damage, it even helps to reduce pre-existing age spots.
It is important to note that after you chaga When you have eaten, the melanin in your stomach is broken down into antioxidants, after which these antioxidants turn on your body and enable it to produce its own melanin. There is nothing wrong with that, I would say, then the body also remains nice and active.
It's clear to me! More will be on my menu chaga to stand. I will not become immortal, but growing old beautifully is certainly feasible!
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