Why is Chaga so beneficial?
The properties of Chaga make it a great anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune system booster/regulator and it also contains important minerals, vitamins and amino acids. It contains:
Beta-glucans / Polysacharides – essential nutrients for the immune system.
Betulinic Acid – Chaga converts betulin (from the Birch bark) into digestible Betulinic Acid which has been shown to reduce inflammation drastically, supporting healthy function of the immune system, and healthy cell division.
Melanin – possibly the best food source for melanin. An important pigment for healthy skin, hair and eyes.
Vitamin D2 – one of the few food sources for Vit D. Important for people who don’t get enough sunlight. It supports a healthy immune system, calcium absorption, healthy bones and teeth.
Vitamin B1, B2, B3 – these help convert food into energy, keeps your skin, lining of the gut and blood cells healthy.
Zinc – important for tissue repair, immune function, blood clotting and healthy thyroid function.
Selenium – neccesary for proper absorption of iodine.
Chaga also contains: Amino Acids, Calcium, Chloride, Copper, Enzymes, Flavonoids, Germanium, Inotodiols, Iron, Lanosterol, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Polysaccharides, Potassium, Saponins, Sodium, Vitamin K.
Chaga also has one of the highest levels of anti-oxidants of any food.
See what Cancer Ireland has to say about Chaga here.
How do I make Chaga tea?
1. Put approx. 30g of Chaga and 1 litre of water in a covered pot.
2. Turn on heat. When it’s close to boiling turn off heat and leave sit for half an hour. (This step can be repeated for a stronger brew after repeated use.)
3. Remove Chaga pieces from tea and allow to dry in a warm area until next use. Drink tea straight away or store in a glass container for a few days and reheat as needed.
How much tea does 100 grams of Chaga make?
People will brew it for different lengths depending on their needs. Some people brew it for up to 2 hours, some for 30mins.
“I would typically brew 50g of Chaga for 30min. After maybe 4-6 brews I would brew it twice or three times before drinking. By the 8-12 brew I might leave it sit on a low heat for an hour. That way a 100g bag would last around 2 months. Roughly 60 mugs of tea. I personally feel better having a little bit everyday over a long period of time.” – Philip C
What is Chaga?
Chaga mushroom (Inonotus Obliquus) typically grows on living Birch trees and is known as the “King of Mushrooms”. It is a polypore mushroom with an appearance similar to bark. It is also called “tinder fungus”.
Where does Chaga come from?
Our wild Chaga is collected in Russia. It normally grows in the Northern temperate climates of the world, most commonly Canada, Scandinavia and Russia. The most beneficial Chaga grows in very cold climates.
How is Chaga consumed?
Chaga is usually consumed as a tea but can be ground into a powder for use in baking, juices and soups. It can also be used to make Chaga tinctures (alcohol extractions) after it has been used for tea.
How much Chaga should I drink?
This is entirely up to you. Chaga is one of the safest foods in the world so it can be consumed in large doses regularly without any negative effects. I would suggest starting with 1 mug a day and then increasing as you see fit.
Chaga thins your blood so it is not suitable for people taking anticoagulant medications.
Chaga mushroom also interacts with diabetes medicine like insulin.
Where do you ship to?
We ship to anywhere in Europe.
Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet or supplementation program.