Chaga is a mushroom with quite a history, for thousands of years it has been…
What is Chaga?
Chaga mushroom is a type of mushroom that grows mainly on the bark of birch trees in cold climates, such as those of Scandinavia, Siberia, Canada and Alaska. In English we call it Chaga mushroom and in Latin Inonotus obliquus. For centuries Chaga has been used as a traditional medicine in Scandinavia, mainly to boost the immune system and for general health. Chaga is low in calories, rich in fiber and filled with antioxidants.
Active Ingredients in Chaga
Chaga mushrooms contain an array of beneficial, active ingredients. Some of the main ingredients are polysaccharides, antioxidants, betulinic acid, phytosterols and melanin. Furthermore, Chaga contains plant steroids, such as lanosterol and inotodiol. Individually, all of these active ingredients have specific effects, but together they are stronger and all contribute to boosting your immune system. Therefore, the fungus can help prevent and fight inflammation and infection.
Parasite of the Birch Tree
Chaga grows best in cold climates, such as Russia. There they grow abundantly in the wild. The mushroom reproduces by nesting on the bark of a tree. These are usually birch trees. Here, the mushroom stays just as long as the birch tree lives. Often this is 5 to 7 years, after the Chaga has nested on the tree. At first glance, the Chaga does not look like a traditional mushroom at all. You can recognize this mushroom by the blackened bulge on a tree. It looks like a small (or large, depending on the size of the mushroom) growth. However, when you open the mushroom, it has a bright orange color and is packed with beneficial substances.
Special properties of Chaga
The Chaga is considered a superfood with beneficial properties. Especially in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is widely used. One of the best known properties of this mushroom is its ability to strengthen the immune system so that you are less susceptible to diseases. The story goes that there was a village in Siberia where the inhabitants did not drink coffee, but tea from the Chaga mushroom. They did this to save costs. Coffee was very expensive in those days. And what did it turn out to be? In that village there were remarkably few sick people. The inhabitants themselves say that it is because of the tea made from the Chaga mushroom.
Foodsporen Chaga extract
To make a highly concentrated and potent extract from the dried Chaga, we subject the Chaga to 3 different, technically advanced extraction methods. It is important that Chaga is treated in the right way since only in this way the Chaga actually becomes bioactive. When Chaga is consumed as a raw powder, our body is not able to digest it and all health promoting substances will be lost. Our extraction method ensures that all useless substances are removed from the mushroom and that the health-promoting substances are concentrated. Foodsporen Chaga extract has the active phytonutrients present in active form and is a food supplement designed for optimal absorption into the body.
What are the benefits of using Chaga?
There are numerous reasons, we would like to highlight 2 of them. Chaga is the most powerful source of antioxidants and superoxide dismutase (SOD). To understand why this is important and special, you should know what antioxidants are.
What are free radicals?
Free radicals are harmful to the body. These molecules contain electrons. Normally, electrons occur in pairs. But with free radicals, they are unpaired. This makes them highly reactive and allows them to trace electrons from other molecules, creating more free radicals. This is obviously bad news because when this happens a lot in the body, this phenomenon causes damage to cell membranes, DNA and even starts the growth of cancerous tumors.
So we want to prevent oxidation at all costs. Antioxidants are molecules that actually counteract this process. They neutralize the free radicals and, as it were, turn them off before they can do any damage. SOD or superoxide dismutase is one of the most important antioxidants our body needs. SOD is very active against the most dangerous free radicals (superoxide radicals). Chaga is chock-full of antioxidants and SOD and has been proven to be a powerful agent against free radicals.
When the body fights a disease, inflammation supports the fight. But sometimes inflammation progresses from a short-term attack to a chronic health problem. Some diseases, particularly chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis , are linked to inflammation. Recent research suggests that some conditions not considered inflammatory, including depression, may be partially due to chronic inflammation.
Chaga’s role in regulating cytokine production may also help control inflammation. This suggests a role for Chaga in fighting autoimmune diseases and possibly some other diseases. According to an animal study, Chaga extract may protect against the effects of chronic inflammation of the pancreas.
As if this were not enough, here is a list of benefits of Chaga:
- The richest source of superoxide dismutase
- Contains many B vitamins
- Contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any known food
- Good for balanced blood sugar levels
- Highly adaptogenic
- Beneficial for all autoimmune diseases by regulating the immune system
- Full of melanin which is good for the skin
- Activates the pineal gland
- Rich in zinc which contributes to cell growth
- Anti-aging properties
- Strong anti-inflammatory
- Contains glucosamine and chondroitin which are good for the joints
We understand that you would prefer to use all of our mushroom supplements because each individual mushroom can offer you something unique. We also understand that this might be a little too expensive for you, and we’ve come up with a solution for that!
The Power 5 capsules contain a specially formulated blend of the 5 most powerful mushrooms. This way you can easily experience the effects of all the mushrooms without having to buy them separately.
Per capsule (400mg):
Lion’s Mane 8:1 (Hericium erinaceus) 80mg
Turkey Tail 12:1 (Coriolus versicolor) 80mg
Cordyceps 8:1 (Cordyceps militaris) 80mg
Reishi 12:1 (Ganoderma lucidum) 80mg
Chaga 12:1 (Inonotus obliquus) 80mg