Chaga (Inonotus Obliquus) is a wild mushroom, that grows on birch trees in extremely cold regions of northern latitudes including Baltic regions, Scandinavia, Siberia, Alaska, and northern Canada, where temperatures fall below – 30 F for the 2-3 months per year required to sustain maximum growth and potency.
Chaga Mushroom grows naturally on birch trees. The Chaga Mushroom conk grows in cooperation with the tree over a 5 to 7 year period, thriving in the harsh winter environments, absorbing life-sustaining nutrients from the birch tree. Chaga Mushroom is classified as neither a plant nor animal. The DNA structure is thirty (30%) per cent more human than plant. Chaga Mushroom is classified scientifically as a Basidiomycetes mushroom and is far superior to the rest of 150 species of Basidiomycetes, that have been classified as medicinal mushrooms.
Wild plant raw material from Russia
Rather than soft like a mushroom, chaga is hard, almost as hard as wood. It is unique, nothing like common mushrooms. In fact, chaga is the most nutritionally dense of all tree growths. Known by the Siberians as the “Gift from God” and the “Mushroom of Immortality,” this vibrant growth has been used by humans to support health for thousands of years. The Japanese call it “The Diamond of the Forest,” while the Chinese deem it “King of Plants”. For the Chinese that is saying a lot, since they have an immense history with countless plants.
To survive in harsh climates, chaga concentrates natural compounds for its protection, and that is why it is so powerful. To strengthen the tree, as well as heal, it makes potent phytochemicals, including sterols, phenols, and enzymes. Researchers have inoculated sick trees with chaga to strengthen them. People benefit by consuming these forest-source phytochemicals and nutrients.
The chemical composition and useful properties of Chaga
Chaga is powerful, because it contains the nutrients – the force of actual trees. Because of their special, biologically potent substances, trees live long, far longer than herbs. Some trees live as long as 10,000 years or more. Thus, they are the most powerful living beings in the world. Concentrating this power, chaga contains numerous B vitamins, flavonoids, phenols, minerals, and enzymes. It is also one of the world’s densest sources of pantothenic acid, and this vitamin is needed by the adrenal glands as well as digestive organs. It also contains riboflavin and niacin in significant amounts.
In particular, it is highly rich in special phenols which are pigment-like. These phenolic compounds are known as chromogenic complex. Chaga can be up to 30% chromogenic complex by weight. The chromogenic complex is highly protective for all tissues and is only found in chaga. In the cream base this chromogenic complex is hightly protective of the skin. Rubbed on the skin it even helps people develop a tan, because it contains the pigment melanin, the same pigment responsible for dark-colored skin.
Chaga contains wild-source minerals and is particularly high in copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc, and iron. Yet, its most potent ingredient is a special substance known as superoxide dismutase. This is an enzyme with great potency. Its function is to halt oxidation, especially the toxicity of a free radical known as singlet oxygen. This is the type of oxygen which is responsible for oxidizing and damaging the tissues, which results in aging. It is the same oxygen which rusts a nail.
Chaga is a health food which supports the entire system. The Siberians drink it daily. This is why they are long-lived. The chaga drinker lives 85 to 100 years, while the non chaga-drinking person, the Inuit, lives only about 50 years. This proves that natural phytochemicals, the ones found in chaga, do make a difference. Yet, there is more traditional use that offers evidence. Ancient Chinese regarded it as a longevity factor, which is why they deemed it the most complete of all growths. In much of Siberia, Russia, and Eastern Europe it is an essential beverage.
Wild chaga was found to be the most powerful adaptogen. An adaptogen is a substance which modifies the human body’s response to stress. In fact chaga was found to be the most powerful of all adaptogens. It is now believed that up to 80% of all diseases are mainly due to stress. Chaga is available in various and unique forms. Chaga gives you the strength that you need to function throughout the day.
Whole supplements like Chaga Mushroom, offer a complex balance of active compounds, delivery mineral structures, and co-agents, more effective to sustaining a healthy immune balance than synthesized isolated compounds.