I have been drinking wild chaga tea for the last two years. I credit this as one of the best decisions of my life. Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) is a sterile, black conk mushroom. It is considered a fungus and parasite — for one, it thrives on the barks of birch trees. Its appearance is that of burnt charcoal because of its high melanin content. On the inside, it is bronze in color. This mushroom can be found naturally in the wild, mainly in Canada and Russia, with Siberia possessing exceptional quality chaga. So if you want the real, unadulterated thing, these are the places to look for as the source of origin.
Wild chaga is like a multivitamin, immune system strengthener and possible cancer/tumor fighter all wrapped into one supplement. It contains over 215 phytonutrients which alkalizes an over acidic body. It contains, among other things:
1. B vitamins, especially riboflavin (B2) and niacin (B3.) It also contains pantothenic acid (B5), which is very good for the adrenal glands. Since the adrenal glands regulate the immune system, that system will also greatly benefit.
2. Vitamin D, which is actually a steroid hormone which helps boost and regulate the immune system, increasing your ability to fight colds and the flu.
3. Phenols/phenolic compounds, known for their protective effect on DNA and against oxidation. Chaga contains pigment-like phenols known as the chromogenic complex. This chromogenic complex is abundant and only known to exist in the chaga mushroom. Siberian chaga is particularly loaded with this.
Chaga also contains flavonoids, which are poly-phenolic compounds.
4. Enzymes, such as Superoxide Dismutase (SOD). Chaga is exceedingly high in SOD when compared to other nutritional supplements. SOD is an antioxidant enzyme which halts iron oxidation, especially from a free radical known as singlet oxygen. Superoxide dismutase turns the superoxide (free radicals) back into oxygen and water. Bottom line: SOD protects your cells’ mitochondria and DNA from damage.
5. Essential minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
6. Ionized trace minerals, such as copper, zinc, manganese and iron.
(Some health conscious people may be worried about the calcium and iron in chaga, which in synthetic form should always be avoided; but the calcium and iron in wild chaga is quite absorbable and healthy.)
7. Various other nutrients, such as:
a) Betulin: Betulinic acid/lupeol. Betulin provides metabolite compounds (Betulinic acid/lupeol) which are antimutagenic, highly antiviral and anti-tumor. It has been used to shrink some types of cancerous tumors.
b) Polysaccharides. These compounds have the ability to stimulate the immune system. They also pinpoint and serve as a carrier of nutrients to the tissue regions of the body most needed.
c) Beta glucans. This also strengthens the immune system.
d) Saponins. Contains both anti-allergenic and anti cancer properties.
e) Phyto-sterols. Sometimes, the appearance of sterol in a product may be a good or bad thing. It’s unclear the benefits of sterols in chaga, but it may include improving one’s cholesterol efficiency and providing antiviral properties.
Chaga is also good for people with stomach issues. Inflammatory Bowel Disease such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis may see improvement. So would those with stomach ulcers and diseases of the duodenum, liver and spleen.
Word of caution:
Chaga is safest used in tea form. It has the ability to lower platelets, thus thinning the blood. So people on blood thinners should be aware.
It has the ability to accumulate oxalates, and thus kidney stones. So those with kidney issues should be aware.
It lowers blood glucose. So those on blood sugar medication should be aware.
The chaga conk is very unique and versatile in many ways, being anti-cancer, anti-tumor, anti -inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-diabetic, anti-viral, anti- bacterial, anti-fungal and even brain protecting. It is said to even contain a DNA structure that is 30 percent more human than plant. There is much more to learn and discover about this fascinating specimen of nature.
Where you will find the unadulterated, wild chaga, listed below: