Chaga - The Black Diamond in Nordic Forrest
Chaga mushroom is a medicinal mushroom grown almost exclusively on birch trees, and resembles a large growth of burnt bark. It has been used in Traditional medicine for thousands of years, but modern research is now beginning to validate many of chaga tea’s historic uses, and with its high nutritional and antioxidant levels, chaga tea offers benefits for nearly everyone.
One of chaga tea’s most impressive qualities is its high level of antioxidants, along with a variety of vitamins and minerals. It is listed as one of the top antioxidant foods. The high antioxidant content helps to protect the cells from damage caused by free radicals, especially within the cardiovascular system. Abundant with vitamins, including vitamin K, vitamin D and several B vitamins. Chaga contains minerals: calcium, iron and manganese.
Chaga has the highest ORAC score for natural foods or supplements as tested by the USDA. ORAC stand for Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity. The ORAC scale designed by the USDA, measures the amount of free oxygen radicals that a food, or supplement can absorb in your body. The ORAC value of chaga is almost ten times that of goji berries and over six times more than acai berry.
Approximately 25% of the pigments in Chaga are melanin. Melanin is important for health of the skin and hair with it’s properties and it's ability to target free-radicals and it also help with sleep.
Polysaccharides content in Chaga is approximately 35% and more than 33% beta-Glucans. Beta- glucans is one form of soluble fiber that’s strongly linked to improving cholesterol levels and boosting heart health. It also help to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and improve blood sugar control for those who already have diabetes. Moreover, research show that beta-glucan could have some positive effects on the immune system, it can be useful for people who’s body defenses have been weakened to boost their immune system.
Chaga also contain Betulinic acid, a natural product found in white-barked tree. Betulinic acid has been shown to have antitumor properties by trigger the mitochondrial pathway of apoptosis in the cancer cells.
Chaga should be taken with Vitamin C to aid the body with absorption.
In a nutshell, Chaga has been found to do the following:
- Supports immune system and healthy digestion
- Improves the appearance of skin and hair
- Supports the body's ability to detoxify
- Supports healthy blood sugar levels
- Supports respiratory tract health
- Increases the body's resistance to stress - Boosts energy and stamina. Chaga is a strong adaptagen, which means that heavy stress levels are handled with more calm, ease and mental clarity
- Reduces bad cholesterol - Rich in chitin protein which breaks down cholesterol
- Strengthens cells - Chaga has more superoxide dismutase (SOD) than fish oils, barley grass and vitamins E and C. SOD is a powerful enzyme; it works as an anti-oxidant that repairs cell damage from free radicals. SOD is an extremely important enzyme in that it keeps the body`s cells young and supple.
Caution is advised in people with diabetes or low blood sugar, as well as those taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect blood sugar. Chaga should also be avoided if there is a known allergy or sensitivity to mushrooms.