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Cathy Wong, ND

Can Chaga Fight Cancer?

By January 30, 2012

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Like shiitake and maitake, chaga is a medicinal mushroom often used to rev up the immune system and fend off illness. Many proponents even suggest that taking chaga supplements--or drinking chaga tea--can increase the body's defense against cancer.

Although there is currently a lack of scientific support for the claim that chaga can help prevent cancer, some preliminary research shows that chaga can slow up the growth of cancer cells. What's more, a number of studies indicate that chaga can combat oxidative stress (a destructive biological process thought to be linked to the development of cancer).

To protect against cancer, it's crucial to avoid smoking, follow a balanced diet rich in antioxidant-packed vegetables and fruits, exercise regularly, and keep your weight in check. Some studies have found that people who drink tea and maintain optimal levels of vitamin D may be less likely to develop certain types of cancer. Read the article: Chaga - What You Need to Know.

February 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm
(1) Dr. Robin Terranella says:

Hi Cathy,

Thanks for sharing this helpful article on how chaga can be used to fight against cancer. Before people reach the dire stages of cancer, it is important that they take advantage of preventative measures to boost immunity. Drinking tea, avoiding smoking, following a balanced diet rich in antioxidant-packed foods and exercising are all ways to keep bodies healthy. It is important for people to take advantage of natural based remedies as opposed to medicinal or drug substitutes. This article further exemplifies the importance of natural based medicines: http://blog.swintegrativemedicine.com/blog/bid/102717/Natural-Based-Medicine-Pros-and-Cons. I hope this helps your readers further understand all the options that they have available when relieving ailments.

-Dr. Terranella

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