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Chaga Capsules and Powder

Thank you for purchasing Mushrooms4Life’s Organic Chaga. We are delighted you’ve chosen these premium organic medicinal mushrooms to serve your health needs and have put together this resource page to guide you through how best to use your product. Read on for more information to help you take full advantage of chaga’s amazing benefits.

Things You Should Know

Meet the mushroom

Aphrodisiac chaga image

Chaga, or Inonotus obliquus, grows widely in the forests of Eastern Europe and Russia on several different tree types, including birch, alder, and spruce, where it appears as a distinctive dark ‘conk’ or growth on the bark. In fact, chaga isn’t really a mushroom at all, but a ‘sclerotium’ or parasitic fungus that develops through symbiosis with its host tree!

Chaga derives much of its potent antioxidant activity from the birch tree, particularly the triterpenoid betulinic acid. Traditionally known as ‘diamond of the forest’ or ‘king of the herbs’, its impressive nutritional profile develops slowly over many years, drawing nutrients deep from its host. In the West it is revered as an adaptogen to support balance and healthy defences during times of stress.

Traditional uses

The word ‘Chaga’ derives from an old Russian word for mushroom. Valued for centuries as a healing plant with potent medicinal properties, chaga is cited in folk and botanical medicine texts dating back to the 16th century. Traditionally only birch-grown chaga was used in medicinal teas, since the triterpenoids betulin and betulinic acid were found most densely in the bark of the white birch tree (which incidentally was regarded in many Northern European and Siberian myths as the tree of life and fertility).

Chaga works well with reishi and maitake for fortifying the defences against infections. Chaga and lion’s mane are traditionally combined to support and cleanse the intestines. Chaga and reishi may reinforce each other’s natural anti-inflammatory effects.

Did you know?

Chaga was used as a coffee substitute in Finland during World War Two!

Research

The compound betulinic acid has been found to exhibit an impressive range of biological actions, including antiviral, antibacterial, antimalarial, anti-inflammatory, and anthelmintic (antiparasitic) activity. Betulinic acid is not the only powerful antioxidant produced by chaga. Other important components include polysaccharides and plant sterols, which may reduce LDL cholesterol levels in the blood by competing with dietary cholesterol for absorption in the intestine.

Chaga’s black, crusted conk also contains melanin, an important compound that stimulates the skin to produce pigment in response to the sun. Beyond protecting us from sun damage, melanin’s remarkable antioxidant activity plays a role in DNA repair, mitochondrial health, and cell metabolism.

 

How to use it

Capsules: Adults take 2 capsules 1-3 times a day with or without food.

Powder: 1 level tsp 1-4 times a day. Add to teas, smoothies and baking.

Evidence shows that taking chaga regularly gives the best and most consistent support for your defences. During stressful times or if you’re feeling run down, you may want to increase your usual dose.

You can also make a mask with chaga to bring a boost of antioxidants to your skin and leave it feeling glowing and rejuvenated! Blend half an avocado with 2 teaspoons of chaga, a little water, and apply the paste to your face. Leave it for 20 mins until almost dry then wash off in the shower. You can also substitute an egg white for the avocado, which will tighten the skin.

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