I like to think that I have fairly good intuition. Before Zumba blew up the gym class scene it began as a simple VHS tape in the 90’s created by Alberto “Beto” Perez. The VHS consisted of more traditional music and basic steps from a variety of latino dance styles. That’s when I got hooked to it until it exploded into a craze and forgot its roots. Similarly, when I purchase a new CD I typically hear my favorite songs aired on the radio within two months. There have been several instances over the years where I saw a particular product pr program and within a year it was mainstream. I’m never the first to get to it but it’s neat to see things I’m interested in develop over time. I imagine and hope that Krav Maga will become more popular among the right crowd.
Recently a fungus was brought to my attention that I think may be getting some more attention (I may be wrong, I’ve been known to do that periodically). It already has quite a popular following to begin with and has been used by Russians, Japanese, Chinese, and Koreans for centuries. During one of my sales trips in Maine I stayed with my grandparents. My grampy pulled out a newspaper article about a mushroom called Chaga. After reading the article he purchased some powdered product and brewed it into his coffee. He claimed that he was having more energy. Before I jump onto the chaga train I thought I’d look into it more. Newspaper articles are great but I prefer scientific evidence; the media doesn’t always get the facts straight.
I began my research by looking at the sites that deal with mushrooms. Biased, sure, but it’s a place to start. From there I examined the claims made from these sites using the research from databases (free databases as I have no access to those fancy ones). This is what I found:
The Chaga mushroom
Scientific Name: Inonotus obliquus
Nicknames: “Gift from God” and “Mushroom of Immortality” (Siberia)
“The Diamond of the Forest” (Japan)
“King of Plants” (China)
Description: This is a parasitic mushroom found on the trunks of decaying birch trees, typically north of 45 degrees north latitude.
- Nutrient Dense
- B Vitamins
- phenols(chromogenic complex) (up tp 30% by weight)
- Minerals (Copper, potassium, manganese, Zinc, iron, calcium)
- pantothenic acid (needed by adrenal glands and digestive organs)
- riboflavin and niacin
- SOD superoxide dismutase
- (halt oxidation quenches singlet oxygen free radical (10000-20000active units/g)
- (typical SOD pill has 200-2000).
- SOD helps body use copper, zinc, manganese (has been used to treat arthritis, prostate issues, ulcers, burns, inflammatory disease, ibd,)
- Betulinic acid – triggers apoptosis through direct effect on mitochondria of cancer cells.
- Beta glucans: bind to complement receptor 3 (CR3) to allow immune cells to recognize cancer cells as “non self”
- Anti HIV
- 2005 Ulrich Lindequist
Unfortunately my lack of access to scientific data limits my ability to analyze the evidence. Although I do have some articles for you to read below, they hardly scratch the surface. There is a plethora of documents available on the expensive scientific databases. I can only wish I had the time and money to access these.
Have you heard of chaga? What are your thoughts?