We all know what to do. We count calories or check the label on the back of the package of a food item to see what vitamins it contains so that we can follow a healthy diet. Today, there are newer values that show us exactly how healthy a product actually is. ORAC is the term coined in the USA in 2005, which stands for “oxygen radical absorption capacity”. This value represents the antioxidative effect of a substance.
Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes that fight against free radicals and protect the cells of our body. Free radicals are created through poor diet, sun radiation, or stress for example. This creates so-called oxidative stress. Free radicals are damaging to our body. They attack healthy cells and change them, as well as their DNA. They thereby accelerate the aging process and may also cause further damage.
It thus time to find something that fights precisely against these. To check for this capability, food particles are combined with a substance that contains free radicals and another that is particularly susceptible to damage by free radicals in a test tube. The more effectively the food particle can now prevent damage, the higher its value on the ORAC scale. Thus, the higher the ORAC value, the healthier the food. We should therefore stop paying attention only to calories but do something good for our bodies by emphasizing the ORAC value .
Various foods, various ORAC values
We often look carefully for a certain vitamin or mineral, but not all are the same. ORAC now shows us how effective a substance actually is so we can truly benefit from it. The approximate daily requirement is between 5,000 and 7,000 units. A value above 10,000 units is considered high, a value above 100,000 units as very high. Foods with this value are classified as “super antioxidants”. That means that these foods can neutralize a lot of free radicals.
But which products or foods have a high ORAC value and are thereby of great use to our health? Particularly good are, for example, grape seeds, as well as blueberries, raspberries, rose hip, and pomegranate. But not only fruits offer benefits; dark chocolate, cinnamon, and cloves as well as various types of nuts, e.g. walnut, have a high ORAC value. With today’s hectic schedule, everything has to be done quickly. There is no time to think about our diet, let alone study the food packaging at the grocery store in detail. We want a fast, simple, but nonetheless healthy diet. But how can that be achieved if we do not take the time for it?
Here comes the chaga mushroom
An alternative must be found – and we found it for you. In Alaska, it has been used as a medicinal substance for a long time and is already a staple in many households. Chaga, a mushroom that grows on birch trees and has special properties. Its effects have already helped many improve their health. Chaga is anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and metabolism promoting. It has a very good antioxidative effect. Yes, your read correctly. The mushroom has an ORAC value of 3,655,000 and is thus a true “super antioxidant” and the winner among all foods. Although it would still be helpful to change your diet, a course of therapy with chaga can far exceed the required daily amount. Chaga has an especially positive effect on all our abdominal organs. Liver, spleen, and kidneys benefit from the mushroom and are supported in improving their detoxification functions. Through its cleansing effects, the body can better resume all its functions.
But what does a course of therapy with chaga look like?
Chaga is sold in the form of powder, chunks, and tea bags. Please be sure to buy only natural chaga and not industrially produced chaga, as the latter contains none of these positive nutrients but chemical substances, which are harmful to our body. Since chaga is ingested, it is best to buy it already in tea form. No side effects are associated with chaga in this form.
Two to three cups of chaga tea should be consumed per day. The first cup, preferably directly after getting up and 30 minutes before the next meal, so that all the positive nutrients can be effectively absorbed through the gastric mucosa.
How do I know if chaga is having a positive effect on my body?
Because we do not consciously perceive free radicals as bothersome until they have actually caused damage, we cannot tell if we have a few or a lot in our bodies. But you will notice that your body is benefitting from chaga tea already after a short period of time. You will feel younger, healthier, and more energetic, and notice that your body is distinctly more resistant to bacteria and viruses. And if this mushroom also slows the aging process and we feel younger longer, then we have it all. Give it a try – it’s worth it!