A Strong Antioxidant Tea
In the last few decades, there has been a growing focus on the human body’s need for antioxidants. Knowledge of antioxidants has gone from virtually unheard of to practically everywhere. While many people seek their antioxidants through the use of supplements, such as vitamin E, many proponents of herbal foods and alternatives maintain that antioxidants serve the body best when acquired from a natural source. Chaga mushrooms are famous for their exceptionally high levels of antioxidants, a quality these mushrooms also impart into a freshly brewed cup of chaga tea.
Why Are Antioxidants Important?
Antioxidants are the body’s defenders against free radicals, damaging agents found inside the body. A free radical is an atom or molecule with an unpaired electron, which causes it to be highly unstable. Free radicals seek to stabilize themselves by stealing electrons from nearby sources, which weakens the other element. Rust on metal is a well-known example of free radical damage. Inside the body, the damage is less visible, but no less dangerous. Free radicals can steal electrons from nearby cells, which can lead to damage or even death of the affected cell. Research is even investigating possible links between free radical damage and cancer.
Antioxidants help to prevent this dangerous outcome by neutralizing the free radical, rendering them harmless. Our bodies produce a number of its own antioxidants in order to combat free radicals. Unfortunately, our modern lifestyles cause us to come in contact with increasing amounts of free radicals on a daily basis, in everything from products we use to additives in food, and a number of environmental toxins. Because of this, it has become important to supplement our body’s own antioxidant levels by receiving antioxidants from other sources.
Why Choose Chaga Tea?
Chaga tea is not merely another source of antioxidants. Studies of chaga’s constituents have revealed it to be one of the world’s highest known food sources of antioxidants. Chaga contains a number of constituents with known antioxidant properties. These include beta carotene, manganese, selenium, copper, flavonoids and more. However, chaga tea offers an effect even more important than providing its own antioxidants. Chaga contains a group of enzymes called superoxide dismutase, often abbreviated as SOD. SOD is one of the body’s strongest antioxidant enzymes, and they can halt oxidation in the body. While our bodies do produce SOD naturally, studies have shown that SOD production levels gradually decrease with aging. Chaga, however, has been shown to stimulate production of SOD, thus equipping our body to eliminate free radicals naturally. This, above any other feature, makes chaga tea an invaluable resource in fighting against free radicals.