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Betulin or Betulinic Acid
Siberian Chaga contains large amounts of Betulinic Acid in a form that can be ingested orally and also contains the full spectrum of immune-stimulating phytochemicals. Chaga is the only mushroom to contain low pH Betulinic Acid which directly targets cancer cells, which are primarily low pH instructure. Also clinically proven to have anti-tumor and tumor reducing benefit. Many medicinal mushrooms are known for its immuno potentiating effects, but David Winston, a renowned herbalist claims Chaga “has an advantage no other fungus has, that it contains Betulinic acid”. Betulinic acid has demonstrated strong anti tumor activity with virtually no side effects and no toxicity. Betulin works highly selectively on tumor cells because the interior pH of tumor tissues is generally lower than that of normal tissues, and Betulinic Acid is only active at those lower levels (Noda et al. 1997). Once inside the cells, Betulinic Acid induces apoptosis (programmed cell death) in the tumors (Fulda et al., 1997).
Recent clinical studies show that Betulinic Acid possesses valuable pharmacological properties such as: immuno-modulators, anti-bacterials, anti-oxidants, anti-virals, anti-tumorigenics, anti-pyretics, and others.
Betulinic Acid also is being tested for effectiveness in treating HIV while showing a high anti-mutagenic activity, capable of lowering the number and frequency of mutations in the chromosomes and the genes.
Betulinic Acid has been tested for Melanoma cancer, eczema, skin infections and other conditions.
Betulinic Acid has been explored as a potential treatment for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which can cause severe cold-like symptoms and pneumonia.
The anti-cancer properties of Betulin or Betulinic Acid, is now being studied as a chemotherapeutic agent.