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Chaga, also known as Inonotus obliquus in Latin and Bai Hua Rong in Chinese, is a parasitic fungus that grows on trees, mainly Birch. It can be found in certain parts of Russia, China, Eastern Europe, the United States and Canada. Chaga has a very long history of use as a therapeutic folk remedy in Russia and East Asian countries. This mushroom has been extensively researched for its health benefits in Russia, China, and Japan*. The results from these studies have been very positive, which creates opportunities for further clinical studies and development. Chaga is also known to have one of the highest (if not the highest) ORAC score of any food. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, which measures the antioxidant capacities of biological samples.

Chaga may not look like your average mushroom, but the active compounds found inside it are truly amazing. Researchers have been able to identify the following active compounds and their therapeutic properties:

-Polysaccharides: Beta-glucans (1,3/1,6) polysaccharides are present like most medicinal mushrooms. Beta-glucans have the ability to stimulate and modulate the immune system.

-Betulinic Acid: A triterpene that is considered to have antiretroviral, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol lowering, and antimalarial properties.

-Polyphenols: Powerful antioxidants that protect cells. Chaga is considered to be one of nature's most powerful antioxidants, more potent than prune, blueberry, or acai berries.

-Phytosterols: Steroid compounds are also prevalent in Chaga. Phytosterols are known to be very effective at lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and supporting cardiovascular health.

Health Benefits:

  • Immune System Support*
  • Antioxidant Properties*
  • Adaptogenic Properties*
  • Anti-inflammatory Properties*
  • Cholesterol Support*
  • Cardiovascular Health Support*
  • Liver Support*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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