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Wild Chaga (Fungi) Powder


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Hailing from 16th century Siberia, Chaga is famously known as the Diamond of the Forest / King of the Mushrooms. Studies* suggest that Chaga can aid heart, brain & skin health, have a positive impact on the immune system and may assist with maintaining consistent blood sugar levels. 
Referred to one of the top antioxidant foods, it’s our jewel our health crown.

100g / Approximately 100 serves / $0.33 per serve / 3 Months Supply!


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WHAT IS THIS GEM and WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Chaga (scientifically known as Inonotus obliquus), grows in symbiosis with living silver birch trees, both doing their own natural thing, neither causing the other harm - quite a phenomenal match. The Grove Chaga grows high up in the mountains bordering China and Russia, far away from harmful pollution, it is carefully and sustainably hand wild-harvested to ensure neither the tree or the Chaga is damaged, it is then dried and ground into the whole powder we provide you here with all the potential health benefits.
Chaga is classified by science as an: IMMUNOMODULATOR: strengthening, balancing, supporting and regulating the immune system, optimising immune response, and, an ADAPTOGEN: helping the body adapt to stress. These attributes in combination with other potent compounds unique to Chaga have been studied extensively for many and varied health benefits. With oxidation of the body becoming a more common cause of a variety of new age diseases, it makes sense that if we provide the body with the most potent anti-oxidants, we help it fight the free-radicals more effectively. In comes Chaga with its most beneficial bioactive compounds being the high levels of antioxidant metabolites in the form of polyphenols (flavanoids), polysaccharides (β-glucans) and melanin (responsible for the dark colour), as well as triterpenoids (betulin being one of them). Studies suggest that due to this unique combination of powerful nutrients, Chaga may help; support immune health, reduce inflammation, nourish DNA, act as an anti-viral, balance cholesterol, promote the bodies production of natural killer cells and support brain health — all of which are important when trying to accomplish homeostasis and supporting the immune system. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) revere Chaga for its ability to promote health and longevity, while maintaining youthfulness, refering to Chaga as a "gift from god". Couple that with the "king of the mushrooms" title as well as all the science, you can't really pass up the opportunity to add this to your daily health arsenal. So, If you're looking to boost your immunity, Chaga is the cheeky little guy that takes the lead on the Medicinal Mushroom leader board.
Head over to the history tab for more about its origin, the science tab to delve into the research or the kitchen tab for some tasty recipes.

FUNCTIONS

Below are the subconscious bodily systems / functions that science has suggested may be nourished and supported, providing positive feelings.

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FEELINGS

Below are the positively impacted emotions / responses that science suggests we may consciously feel, supporting optimal performance.

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Research suggests*

Immune health

Anti-oxidant

Anti-inflammatory

anti-viral

Nootropic

Blood sugar stability

Cholesterol


*This product is not a miracle drug. The Grove products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. For Full Disclaimer click here or the link in the website footer.

ACTIVE COMPOUNDS.

Chaga contains a range of important active compounds including:
  • polysaccharides,
  • phenolic compounds,
  • lanostane triterpenoids,
  • and 
melanin.

NUTRITIONAL PANEL

Serving Size: 1-3g per Serve
Ingredients: Wild Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) Fungi
 
  Per Serve Per 100g
Energy (kJ) 184.5kJ 1845kJ
Protien 1.0g 25g
Total Carbohydrate 2.0g 50g
- Sugars 0.0g 0g
- Fibre 0.8g 20g
Total Fat 0.6g 15g
- Saturated 0.2g 5g
Sodium 0.0mg 0.005mg
See "The Science" tab for links to the research plus more detailed information.

OUR CHAGA

100% CHAGA

NO Fillers

NO Additives

NO Preservatives

NON-GMO

Sugar Free

Dairy Free

Gluten Free

Vegan

Paleo


*This product is not a miracle drug. The Grove products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. For Full Disclaimer click here or the link in the website footer.

THE MAGIC OF HEALTH SCIENCE*

ANTI-OXIDANTS (ADAPTING TO STRESS)
Chaga has been classified as an ADAPTOGEN which science suggests is any product than when consumed helps the body adapt to stress, anti-oxidants play an important role when preventing the body from oxidising and thus put under more stress. The anti-oxidant profile of Chaga has been widely studied, Chaga’s anti-oxidants (polysaccharides) are responsible for most of its attributed health benefits, protection against radiation is one of those studied, others are shown below. These polysacharides have actually been show in a number of separate studies to increase when subjected to low levels of radiation.
Another anti-oxidant in large quantities in Chaga are melanins — high molecular weight phenolic (anti-oxidant) pigments — responsible for the dark colour on the surface (fruiting body) of the Chaga. Melanin is present in small amounts in the human body and is needed to facilitate a wide range of health benefits, notably the synthesis of vitamin D and the protection against UV rays via our largest organ the skin, helping us look healthier on the outside as well as the inside. Melanin has also been shown to protect DNA—DNA being the building blocks of the body and its functions—when the DNA is compromised it has potential to be more susceptible to disease. (5, 8, 9, 14, 15, 18)

IMMUNE HEALTH (ORGANS)
Various studies have demonstrated Chaga has potent immune supporting actions, not surprising with their rich source of polysaccharides, because they have strong immune balancing properties, enhancing the body’s ability to produce ‘natural killer (NK) cells’ it makes them a perfect nutrient for the immune system. To top that, when Chaga is ingested, a range of secondary metabolites are produced, many of which have been shown to have the potential to be highly active as potent immune modulators.
Studies suggest that due to its high levels of polysaccharides, Chaga may be used as an agent to fight and/or suppress the spread of various types of cancers, including lymphoma, lung, colon and cervical cancers, whether through alcohol extractions, water extractions or isolated compounds. It's no wonder that in 1955 the Russian anti-cancer council listed a Chaga extract for use as an adjunct treatment to chemotherapy. And another well know Russian, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) a novelist, historian and winner of the Nobel Prize, published the book "The Cancer Ward” in 1968,  in which he speaks about "the tea from the birch tree mushroom", its healing components and potential benefits to cancer patients, crediting Chaga with curing his Cancer. Obviously Chaga is not a miracle drug and there are lots of factors to Cancers spread, from genes to our environments and what we eat, but by boosting our bodies immune system to help fight any disease it can only be positive - every little helps.
Other immune supporting compounds found in Chaga are ergosterol peroxide and trametenolic, which in Chaga have also been linked to helping prevent the growth of cancer cells. (1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 20, 21)

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
Chaga has been used traditionally as an anti-inflammatory, but science has also confirmed its use. Chronic inflammation is rampant in the 21st century and is directly related to pain, and can be the catalyst for many other health issues, and in some cases leading to depression, which makes Chaga one of the most significant tonic ‘herbs’ (super-foods) we have access to. Ergosterol peroxide and trametenolic have been shown to provide some of the anti-inflammatory effects that Chaga provides when consumed. (18, 21)

BACTERIA (ANTI-VIRAL)
When extracted with water Chaga has been found to help prevent a virus's ability to fuse with cells (membrane fusion) and shown to be the case with the herpes simplex virus (HSV), which would suggest that for other viruses that attack the body in the same way, it could have the same preventative effects. (6, 13)

COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE (MEMORY)
Oxidative stress is implicated as a cause for various neuro degenerative diseases, Parkinsons being one of those. Due to Chagas adaptogenic effects, studies have shown that it has the potential to helpreduce oxidation of the cells responsible for causing these types of degenerative diseases. (12)

CIRCULATORY (SUGARS and CHOLESTEROL)
Consuming Chaga, similarly to Reishi, has also been shown to aid in managing cholesterol by lowering LDL and increasing HDL, as well as decreasing blood sugar, proving that this could be beneficial for those suffering from Diabetes. (

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES


FINDINGS

As with many things internet based, a lot of information is sourced by being copied and pasted, then some creative licence is added, numbers made bigger or smaller depending, and boom you have a superfood or a superherb. We aim to collaborate with founded evidence and provide this evidence to you so that you can make up your own mind, we must also remember that everyone is different, everyone needs different things, one thing may work for 1 but not for another and their use is also impacted by a variety of other factors — we have not made assumptions we are giving you the information so you may make an informed choice.
Opposite are the studies we've found which are explained below, as new studies are released we will update them here.

We welcome constructive comments and dialects, encouraging you to send us a message via our contact page.

*This product is not a miracle drug. The Grove products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. For Full Disclaimer click here or the link in the website footer.

A SHORT HISTORY

Chaga is a latinisation of a russian word, and is a highly revered tonic fungi (mushroom), having been used as a medicinal mushroom/funghi in Russian and Siberian folk medicine and herbalism for hundreds, if not thousands of years, particularly for its ability to help humans adapt to cold harsh climates and its potent immune system aid.



We were unable to find any record to suggest the earliest use of Chaga being—as some suggest—4000 or more years ago, it is quite possible that Chaga was used during this time, but few records were kept, especially in the regions that it would have been be found and used.

HISTORICAL USES



Throughout history, that we have found documented, Chaga has been used by many in many different capacities on many different continents. 

‘Chaga tea’ was the most common use historically—and even today—to treat:
  • an upset stomach and intestinal pains,
  • reduce blood pressure,
  • help skin disorders.
Especially popular among hunters and foresters:
  • alleviating hunger,
  • removing tiredness,
  • refreshes,
  • and increases work capacity.


Inhalations of chaga with other herbs have been used to reduce inflammations in the nasopharynx and to facilitate breathing.


The Khanty (the Ostyak) people of West Siberia used Chaga specifically for liver and heart health, and to remove parasites, in addition they used it to promote general well-being, detoxification, and to curing and prevent disease. They also used it for soap.


The Ainu, an indigenous people of Hokkaido, Sahkhalin and the Kuri islands, made Chaga tea to treat inflammations and stomach pain. They also smoked powder through a pipe during spiritual ceremonial rituals, where the Chief/leader would smoke inhale and then pass it on to his neighbour.


The Woodland Cree one of the many North American native tribes, used the inside of Chaga to build campfires as it lights easily.


In Traditional Chinese Medicine it was used as a special mushroom for balancing "Chi", preserving youth and maintaining a strong immune response.  Today it is also considered a Chi, kidney and Shen tonic in Asian culture.
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THE LIFE OF CHAGA



Chaga is made up of 2 parts, the inside fruiting body (orange/brown colour) and the hard deeply cracked outside called the sclerotium (black colour) rich in melanin. Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) grows on trees, and the tree of choice is the white and yellow birch tree, although it may also grow on other hardwoods like alder, elm and beech trees. 
After 10-15 years of growth it is classified as Chaga, after 15-20 years it is classified as being most potent for medicinal purposes, developing best in very cold regions and it also appears that the more harsh the climate and the swings in temperature, the better the therapeutic quality of the Chaga. There are debatable theories, however, about its natural life cycle and whether it is protecting the health of the tree as a endophytic mushroom or whether it will eventually act as a parasite over a period of time and hinder the host's growth. Due to the harsh conditions that it Chaga requires to grow, it is generally found in the Wild, rather than cultivated organically. Harsh climate + birch forest + 20 years = high quality Chaga!

Chaga has to be imported as it cannot be grown in Australia due to laws surrounding specific Fungi, there are also strict rules regarding its importation, see below for full details.


Farming

The Chaga Fungi is wild grown in sustainable silver birch forests in the mountainous region on the border of China and Russia. 
Local people carefully harvest the fruiting body by hand, collecting them in baskets, ensuring that the trees are not damaged and protecting the bark. They are then washed with drinking water and wind dried ready for processing.

Processing

The Chaga is then dried further via machine at 75-85C for 3 hours.
 They are then crushed, sifted and ground to a powder. 
The powder is then treated to conform with AU Department of Agriculture importation requirements.
 Once complete the powder is bulk packaged ready to send to The Grove HQ.

Importing

The product is then put on a ship and sails to Australia.
 It is quarantined and then released to The Grove HQ.

Packing

Once it arrives at The Grove HQ we carry out quality control checks and repackage it ready for you.


*This product is not a miracle drug. The Grove products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. For Full Disclaimer click here or the link in the website footer.

GET IN THE KITCHEN

There are many ways to consume tonic mushrooms. Traditionally, they are made into a tea with hot water. We add the powder to our coffees, smoothies, chocolate, raw snacks and even our soups! See recipes that contain Chaga Mushroom/Fungi, or Chaga Mushroom/Fungi as part of our beautiful Mushroom Complex by visiting our In The Kitchen blog, visiting Instagram to see what others have been sharing or click the photos below.

OUR CHAGA

100% CHAGA

NO Fillers

NO Additives

NO Preservatives

NON-GMO

Sugar Free

Dairy Free

Gluten Free

Vegan

Paleo


*This product is not a miracle drug. The Grove products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. For Full Disclaimer click here or the link in the website footer.
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    Thu, 08/18/2016 - 01:59 reply
    I bought this product a few weeks back and felt the effects immediately! This will now be part of my on-going health maintenance routine. so thrilled to have found a local company providing such incredible products which are normally a little hard to find in australia. thank you!! :) :)
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      Fri, 08/19/2016 - 15:51 reply
      The Chaga is phenomenal, we're so glad you're loving it as much as we do. :)
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    Thu, 01/05/2017 - 09:56 reply
    Great.

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