What is Chaga?
To the average eye, it might not look like much – as a mushroom-like growth on birch trees, Chaga often appears like charcoal and contains a non-toxic parasitic fungal growth, known as Inonotus Obliquus. The inside of Chaga is softer in color, usually a rust-brown interior that is then broken down into chunks or ground into powder.
Chaga grows best in very cold climates, most notably in the wild forests of Korea, Eastern Europe and Russia – specifically in Siberia. In Northern America, Chaga is found in the upper regions of the United States and throughout Canada. The quality of Chaga depends on where it is harvested – at Siberian Empire, we harvest all of our premium products from deep within the Siberian forest, untouched by environmental pollution.
Despite Chaga being available for centuries, it is now experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Due to its positive effects on a range of health conditions and diseases, it has been classified by the World Trade Organization as a medicinal mushroom.
Health Benefits of Chaga
Chaga has a long history of being used for a number of health conditions. The mushroom has shown promise in:
- Supporting the immune system – There is a high level of Beta-D-Glucans within Chaga, helping boost the immune system. Early studies have also showed that Chaga plays a positive role in combating cancer cells and can be effective when combined with other medical approaches.
- Improved gastrointestinal health – Chaga provides additional support to the digestive system, working to reduce harmful bacteria that causes further complications, such as Helicobacter pylori in the development of ulcers or gastritis.
- Balances blood pressure and cholesterol – Acids found in Chaga have been shown to break down ‘bad’ cholesterol, known as LDL, in the bloodstream, reducing the risk of high blood pressure and complications that arise from high cholesterol.
A number of scientific studies have also touted the beneficial effects of Chaga. One such study, which looked at the effects of Chaga on glucose levels, discovered that Chaga had a noticeable effect on those who consumed the mushroom-like ingredient for a period of six weeks. At the end of the study, glucose levels in patients consuming Chaga was significantly lower than those who had not, therefore highlighting the therapeutic effect it also has on common diabetes symptoms.
Antioxidants in Chaga
Aside from the number of health benefits associated with Chaga, it’s also an exceptional source of antioxidants. Some of the most notable include:
- Polysaccharides – Promotes healthy blood sugar levels, improves cardiovascular health and boosts energy levels naturally.
- Super Oxide Dismutase – These enzymes are vital for the body and work to protect it against free radicals and oxidative stress.
Chaga also contains many nutritional elements, including minerals like iron, zinc and potassium. By balancing out the body’s internal system with the help of these powerful antioxidants, the risk of disease is dramatically reduced!