I had never heard of Chaga until I joined forces with Total Life Changes a Health and Wellness company. So as a nutritionist I had to delve in to find out more about this herb and its properties.
The first thing I found was that the anti-oxidant levels of this herb is through the roof. It is truly a super super food. Just have a peak for yourself below.
Wild Harvested Chaga Mushroom
“The King of Herbs”
Clinically proven to be one of nature’s oldest,
safest and most powerful medicinal herbs.
Highest “Anti-Oxidant” Value
Chaga – 36,557
Goji Berries – 400
Acai Berries – 800
Blueberries – 24.5
(ORAC per 1g)
(USDA / Tufts University – Boston, MA)
Approved by the U.S.F.D.A.
Safe for “Food” Use / Supplement
World Trade Organization
Classified as a Medicinal Mushroom
Contains over 215 Phytonutrients
No toxicity or side effects.
So where do you find this herb, where has it been hiding?
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 is “wild harvested” and cannot be commercially cultivated.
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.
So what are the benefits of Chaga?
These benefits have long been known in the East, where Chaga has been used for centuries by people in Siberia, Russia and other parts of Asia.
Although research is ongoing, credible studies have shown that the Chaga Mushroom may provide several health benefits, including:
- Stimulates and regulates the Immune System
- Nutritional support in the fight against cancer
- Reduce Inflammation
- Anti-aging & Skin
- Ulcers and Gastritis
- Supports normal Cholesterol levels & Blood Pressure
*extracts of this article taken from chagahq.com, earth herbs.com and Wikipedia.