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What is Chaga?

whatisAccording to recent scientific research lending support to a wide range of historical references, certain mushrooms are now touted by many experts to have numerous health benefits including providing anti-aging antioxidants and phytonutrient compounds that support a healthy immune system. This botanical family of fungi have powerful nutrients to maintain our health and immunity.

One of the most powerful of all the mushrooms revered for their life enhancing qualities is a rare precious mushroom called Chaga. With a mystical history, Chaga ( Inonotus Obliquus ) Has been referred to for centuries as the “King of Herbs”. Chaga contains a unique and potent variety of of antioxidants and phytonutrients when compared to other fungi or mushroom.

For centuries, Chaga has been revered for its life enhancing properties. Chaga was ingested by the local people of the Siberian mountain regions in tea or powder form, inhaled from smoke, and even applied to the skin for its beneficial properties in promoting good health.

For millennia, Ancient Medical Masters, documented and revered mushrooms as the superior “King of Herbs” for creating “Chi” or life energy balance, the key to general health and longevity. They often brewed Chaga tea from crushed granules to support good health and for the overall balancing of the bodies immune system. Today, Chaga is wildly touted and sought after throughout Asia.

Chaga, is a polypore fungus ( Polyporaceae or Gym enochaetaceae family ), which grows on birch trees. The fungus produces a black perenial woody growth called a “conk” and is a member of the Basidiomycetes ( true mushrooms ). Chaga contains an extraordinary amount of phyto nutrients such as beta glucans, ( a unique family of sugars called polysaccharides know to be immune activators), special compounds such as betulinic acid, special pigments including melanins, amino acids and nucleosides.

Because of its irregular shape and the way it is harvested, until now Chaga has generally been sold as dried, cut pieces of varying size. To find high potency Chaga, it can only be harvested in the wild. Many attempts to grow Chaga under commercial harvesting techniques have failed to reproduce the viable potency and quality.

As Chaga becomes known to the western world, it is now being artificially cultivated and often extracted in alcohol tinctures. The purest and most potent Chaga is not cultivated but rather “wild crafted”, or grown naturally in the wild.

According to recent scientific research lending support to a wide range of historical references, certain mushrooms are now touted by many experts to have numerous health benefits including providing anti-aging antioxidants and phytonutrient compounds that support a healthy immune system.

We have a full selection of ground chaga, dry chaga, prepared liquid and tinctures. You can also find us at the Farmer's Market in Winooski, Vermont on Sundays from 10 - 2. Click here to order online and have your chaga shipped directly to your door.

Chaga is considered by many researchers as one of nature’s perfect herbs. For the past 44 years, modern scientific studies and clinical trials involving Chaga-based products have demonstrated efficacy on immunity and age related health issues. The international scientific community has begun significant reasearch of Chaga’s immense health benefits.