THE BLACK GOLD
Chaga has been well-known for its curative properties for many thousands of years, and has been a valuable plant for native americans and other indigenous peoples throughout the northern hemisphere. The use of chaga as folk medicine has a long history, not least in russia. Written sources can be found dating back to the 17th century and describing the use of this amazing mushroom. As recently as the 1960s, the well-known russian author and nobel-prize winner Aleksandr Solzjenitsyn wrote of his positive experiences with chaga in one of his famous books.
Chaga, also known as black gold, grows on birch trees in Siberia, China, North America and in Scandinavia. It is claimed that chaga is one of the world’s strongest antioxidants. Chaga has been used for centuries to boost the immune system and combat inflammation. As reishi, chaga is an adaptogen mushroom that restores the body’s different functions when these have become imbalanced.
WHAT ARE ADAPTOGENS?
In 1947, a russian researcher defined an adaptogen as an agent that allows the human body to withstand severe physical, chemical and biological stress factors. The body does so by developing a resistance to this type of stress, thereby allowing the organism to adapt. Put more simply, adaptogens respond to stress and imbalance, allowing the body to continue functioning as normal.
An adaptogen will promote a balancing effect on different systems in the body, such as the immune system, nervous systems and the cardiovascular system. The most commonly known plants and herbs that are adaptogens include roseroot, ginseng, schisandra and reishi.
GROWS ON TREES
As reishi, chaga grows on trees. One of the benefits provided by mushrooms that grow on trees is that the tree itself acts as a filter for the mushrooms. A mushroom growing in nature acts like a sponge. If the area where it is growing has a lot of waste products, the mushrooms will also contain large quantities of waste products. The birch trees purify the chaga and filter away most of the waste products the mushroom would have contained if it grew on the ground.
HIGH CONTENT OF BETA-GLUCANS AND POLYSACCHARIDES
It should come as no surprise that this ancient mushroom has re-emerged as a curative agent. Chaga is incredibly rich in a number of active agents, including beta-glucans and polysaccharides to boost the immune system.
The different active agents in chaga have a number of excellent properties for strengthening the organism. Not only do they inhibit viruses and bacteria, they also have a stabilizing effect on blood sugar levels. The structured polysaccharides in chaga are also good for the cardiovascular system.
MORE ANTIOXIDANTS THAN COCOA
Researchers use orac as a method to measure antioxidant capacities, or the capacity to neutralize free radicals. Chaga has an orac value of more than 100,000! In comparison, cocoa has values or approximately 30,000 and goji berries just 25,000.
DUO-EXTRACTED FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT
Double extraction or duo-extraction is required to exploit all the active agents in chaga. Duo-extraction is a technical term that implies extraction in two phases; one water-soluble and the other alcohol-based. The extract we use is developed by four sigmatic, one of the pioneers within this area. Our analyses show that this extract is extremely potent and pure, and without a doubt the best currently available.