One of the most important and studied compounds contained in Chaga mushrooms are the beta-glucans. They are a bioactive carbohydrate and a type of polysaccharide.
They are considered important because they trigger receptors in the immune system. More than a thousand research studies have been conducted on using beta-glucans for the treatment of a variety of diseases.
Beta-glucans ability to modulate our immune system is essential for maintaining homeostasis. The body constantly seeks homeostasis to maintain body temperature of 98.6 degrees F and in modulating our mood and energy levels.
In addition, beta-glucans activate the immune system responses. They are a key activator of the white macrophage blood cells that are responsible for destroying harmful and diseased substances in the body.
Much of the research about beta-glucans focuses on their ability to reduce or even completely remove free radical/radiation damaged tissues and cellular rubbish. They do this by energizing and nourishing immune cells to the point where they are able to recognize and kill mutated/sick cells.
Current research shows glucan molecules heal more effectively when combined with other polysaccharides, triterpenes, sterols and antioxidants. All of these other compounds are also found in Chaga. This research confirms that a single molecule or compound doesn’t work as well or harmoniously as a complex of many compounds.
The number of conditions responding favorably to beta-glucans are varied and wide reaching. They include: allergies, autoimmune disorders, candida, chronic fatigue syndrome, cold sores, dermatitis, fibromyalgia, herpes, lupus, parasites, rheumatoid arthritis, staph infection, trauma recover, ulcers, wound healing, and viral infections.
The reasons beta-glucans help such a multitude of conditions is because they are known to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, liver protective, anti-tumor and immune amphoteric (relates to blood pressure) properties. In addition, the beta-glucans in Chaga mushrooms show strong anti-mutagenic and anitoxidative influences that inhibit mutation and formation of tumors from healthy cells.
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