In Norway, it is known as the “Cancer Polypore.” In Japan it is called the “Diamond of the Forest.” In China, it is referred to as the “King of Plants.” And in Siberia, where our wild chaga is harvested, it is called “Gift from God.”
Chaga Mushroom is held in such high regard because of its well-known and well-documented anti-aging and health-boosting properties. Chaga is a nutritional powerhouse containing B vitamins, a variety of flavonoids, phenols, and enzymes. It is mineral dense containing minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium. Chaga is one of the world’s abundant sources of pantothenic acid. Chaga is rich in Betulin and betulinic acid and naturally occurring vanillin, which gives it a wonderful vanilla flavor.
Chaga is the most powerful antioxidant known. It has immune-boosting, blood-cleansing, and gene-protective properties. It is both anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Like reishi, chaga is adaptogenic, meaning that it helps the body to deal with environmental stressors by actively maintaining homeostasis in the body. For these reasons, Chaga has been used to boost longevity.
Chaga mushroom’s anti-aging properties are in part due to superoxide dismutase, or SOD, an enzyme that is naturally contained in our bodies. SOD protects the body from free radicals and the damaging effects of oxidation, which causes diseases and rapid aging. Naturally found in our skin, SOD rejuvenates the skin by rebuilding skin cells, which effectively slows the aging process. Chaga also contains phenolic compounds that protect skin tissues. The phenolic compounds contain pigments like melanin, which control skin color, preventing skin damage and burns, and produce youthful, glowing, radiant skin.
The reason that Chaga’s nutritional profile is so imposing and it surpasses most herbs of a similar class because it feeds on a living tree, as opposed to a dead or dying tree or the ground. Trees, both individual specimens and colonies, have impressive longevity. Some colonies of trees manifested their beginnings over 200,000 years ago. There are even individual living trees that date back to almost 3.000 years ago. Obviously, trees have serious links to both longevity and the nutrients required to achieve it. The unfortunate fact is that we can’t eat a tree to gain that nutrition, nor can we root ourselves in the ground and mimic them, so while the birch is indigestible, chaga unlocks a path to that longevity for us.
Cleansing with Chaga
When it comes to cleansing, chaga mushroom is the top choice. This is because chaga is the most powerful herbal antioxidant on the planet! In fact, its 25% antioxidant makeup is 23% higher than any other mushroom. This powerful adaptogen is found on birch tress, making this herb rich in betulinic acid. Unfortunately, we cannot eat the birch tree and digest betulin, but chaga can successfully “milk” the birch, making this amazing acid available to us. Betulin is an anti-mutagenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and immune-modulating substance.
Chaga also contains staggeringly high levels of superoxide dismutase, or SOD, that is second to none. SOD protects our bodies from free radicals and cell oxidation, which not only secures you from environmental damage, but aging as well. The levels of SOD and betulinic acid are not found anywhere else at the bio-availability that they are found in chaga, making this herb very special and unique, as well as a front-runner when it comes to cleansing.
Chaga is one of our favorite herbs for cleansing, but all tonic herbs have detoxifying properties! Tonic herbs inhibit toxins from drying up and stagnating within our bodies, and also are able to tenaciously remove them DAILY, without the need of a dramatic cleansing or major lifestyle change.
Thanks to Chaga, we can receive nutrition and chemical constituents of which we’d otherwise be deprived. Because chaga grows on a living tree, as opposed to a dead tree like most mushrooms, it is a slow-growth fungus. It can take chaga 15-20 years or more to reach maturity. In those 15-20 years, chaga has artfully grown into all of its beneficial nutrients, as you want to make sure your chaga product is the sclerotium of the mushroom as opposed to the mycelium. Though mycelium still does contain some of the nutrients, it has been scientifically proven that the sclerotium, or body, of chaga is more dense and fruitful. Hyperion Herb’s provides a concentrated extract of the sclerotium of wild Siberian Chaga, at no less than 30% polysaccharide content. These polysaccharides helps bring your body back to its proper state of balance. Polysaccharides are usually responsible for a mushroom’s bitter taste. However, despite its high dose of polysaccharides, the vanillin content of chaga gives you the soft undertones of vanilla taste and an extra dose of its anti-tumor and anti-oxidant properties.
You can pick up some Hyperion Herbs Wild Siberian Chaga Extract here: