Wild Chaga (Fungi) Powder
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 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.
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- phenolic compounds,
- lanostane triterpenoids,
- and melanin.
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THE MAGIC OF HEALTH SCIENCE*
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)
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)
Opposite are the studies we've found which are explained below, as new studies are released we will update them here.
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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.
- an upset stomach and intestinal pains,
- reduce blood pressure,
- help skin disorders.
- alleviating hunger,
- removing tiredness,
- and increases work capacity.
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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.
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.
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.
The product is then put on a ship and sails to Australia. It is quarantined and then released to The Grove HQ.
Once it arrives at The Grove HQ we carry out quality control checks and repackage it ready for you.
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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!! :) :)