Canadian Chaga Mushroom
Annanda Chaga mushrooms are wild harvested from the forests of Northern Canada.
We practice sustainable harvesting by only taking larger mushrooms and ensuring the host tree is not damaged in any way.
Annanda Canadian chaga is 3rd party lab tested safe from pesticides and heavy metals.
We offer premium quality chaga chunks, tea and health Canada approved chaga extract.
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Grown on natural organic substrate native to each species. Producing the highest quality and potent mushroom herbal tea blends and mushroom extracts.
Mushroom products include hot water extract mushroom teas, mushroom extracts, mushroom coffee and all natural mushroom skin care.
The Truth About Chaga
Various elements contribute to the potency of the mushroom in terms of bolstering the immune system, providing antioxidant benefits, and supplying a variety of vitamins and phytonutrients.
The fungus should be at least 3 to 5 years before it is harvested. Younger specimens do not contain enough medicinal value to benefit us. The inner growth within the host tree has little or no medicinal value whatsoever.
The mushroom grows on different species of trees but only the Birch contain the plant based sterols, betulinic acid and other constituents that can help with serious disease like cancer.
When harvesting sustainably, between one and three inches of growth should remain. This allows for re-growth and the host tree to survive ensuring the symbiotic relationship remains intact. Three to five harvests are possible if one respects the natural cycles that exist.
Not long after the host tree dies chaga mushrooms may become toxic from mold, other fungus or mycotoxins and should not harvested.
The Mushroom obtains further medicinal power due to the harshness of the environment in which it grows. For example, mushrooms found in the far Northern Boreal forests would contain more medicinal value than ones growing at lower latitudes.
Mushrooms harvested from higher up in the host tree will also have more vitamin D1 and D2 and melanin due to more exposure to direct sunlight.
Another species of polypore fungus ‘Piptoporus Betulinus ‘ also known as the ‘Birch Polypore’ are often mistaken for Chaga simple because it too happens to be found on the Birch tree and is usually present in abundance on old decaying trees.
Confusion with species identification doesn’t end with the chaga mushroom, the Birch tree can also be mistaken for other white barked species like the Aspen and Poplar which flourish in the forest.
From Forest to your family, Annanda remains your most trusted source of premium quality mushrooms harvested with integrity since 2012.
Canadian Wild Chaga is Best
A spectrometer study of medicinal mushroom inonotus obliquus from France, Canada and Ukraine suggests that Canadian sourced mushrooms offer the most beneficial effects.
Acting as a natural anti inflammatory, potential anti-tumor, activating t-cells, and inducing apoptosis which helps to fight cancer cells.
Wild Chaga Mushrooms grows on birch trees in cold climates which boosts the mushrooms medicinal properties.
Canadian forests far away from cities and polluted areas make Canadian chaga highly prized.
Top 10 Health Benefits
Chaga mushroom Inonotus Obliquus can be found on trees in cold climates throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
The clinker polypore looks like burnt charcoal or an encrusted black formation on Birch Trees.
Used for centuries for their health benefits including antiviral and anti cancer properties and to regulate the production of cytokines.
Chaga is a natural remedy that can help reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, reduce ldl cholesterol and fight cancer. It is also high in antioxidants and may help prevent heart disease and blood clotting and help with rheumatoid arthritis. Chaga mushroom is considered generally safe.
Studies shows that chaga has the highest O.R.A.C. levels found on Earth. The benefits of chaga mushroom include helping to remove free radicals, reduce oxidative stress and chronic inflammation, kill cancer cells, stabilize blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
What Does Chaga Taste Like?
Chaga mushrooms contain vanillin which occurs naturally in the vanilla bean and is used to make synthetic vanilla extract. Giving it a mild earthy taste, sometimes slightly bitter with a hint of vanilla.
The taste is pleasing on its own or you can combine it with other herbs and spices, bone broth or smoothies. You can mix it with other ingredients which will not interfere with the efficacy of the mushroom. Popular ingredients are Chai spice, cinnamon, turmeric or honey which compliment mushroom tea very well.
Choose Your Chaga Grind
Once harvested chaga mushrooms are air dried and broken into chunks or ground into a tea, or powder for future use.
The cellular structure of the mushroom is protected by chitin making extraction necessary before our body can utilize its benefits.
Heat is needed to dissolve chitin making Chaga tea the most popular choice.
Chaga Mushroom Powder can be consumed directly as food. Added to soups, stews, smoothies etc. for a nutritional boost to everyday meals.
Learn about the different grinds of chaga mushrooms and the many ways you can use this incredible mushroom!
How to Brew
Making mushroom tea can be fun and enjoyable for the whole family.
The health benefits are well worth the time and effort. Consuming Chaga tea daily for the maintenance of good health and a strong immune system.
Discover complete Brewing Directions and how to make mushroom tea in a variety of ways with our complete brewing guide.
Mushroom Dosage Guide
Enjoying Mushrooms every day can help maintain balance within the body and promote long term health.
Learn more about the side effects of chaga, possible dangers and how to use Mushroom water extracts safely.
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History of Chaga Mushrooms
Used by many cultures all around the world for centuries for prevention and cures for many types of diseases.
The first modern use of chaga was believed to be by the Khanty people of Western Siberia around the 12th century.
Shen Nung the venerated Father of Chinese medicine dubbed it the 'King of the Herbs'.
Immortalized by Otzi the iceman, trace its usage from 3400 BC to today's commercial exploitation of mushroom supplements.
The Balance of Nature™
Almost every part of the Birch tree has healing properties. For thousands of years ancient peoples have use the Birch for medicinal use.
The conscious relationship between these two incredible natural wonders is truly magical.
"Everything on the Earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence." - Morning Dove (Christine Quintasket )
Mushrooms are a part of this natural cycle and must be respected and used with reverence.
The Birch tree has a unique symbiotic relationship with chaga and a very specific purpose. Taking from the Birch tree vital nutrients to survive and flourish and also to extend life to its injured host.
The reproductive cycle of chaga mushroom is also very unique compared to other mushrooms. The once sterile conk grows reproductive tubular pores in the same declination as the Earth's axis to the sun. It does this to better its chances of fruiting neighboring trees.
Yet fungi like chaga mushroom have received only a small fraction of the attention they deserve.
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The Ancient Wisdom of Chaga
Our awareness is increasing everyday about the natural healing miracles to be found in the forest. One such miracle is the ancient Birch tree fungus known as Chaga.
The Birch mushroom has been dated in fossil form back to the Cretaceous period. It grows widespread over the Northern hemisphere.
Almost every part of the Birch tree has healing properties. Ancient peoples have a long history of using Birch for its medicinal properties for thousands of years.
The mushroom mycelium grows from within the heartwood of the birch. Helping to keep it's host alive while the tree keeps the fruiting body growing by sharing all its medicinal properties.
The mushroom itself is slow growing condensing an amazing amount of medicinal properties into itself from the Birch tree. The conscious relationship between these two incredible natural wonders is truly magical.
Both the host tree and the Mushroom give of their lives selflessly so that the other can live. Understanding this unique relationship becomes especially important when harvesting.
The mushroom contains betulinic acid, which is effective against cancer, inflammation, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Intelligence is not based on how much knowledge we have. Intelligence is awareness and mindfulness of the intention we put forward in our lives which affect the lives of others.
This is the noble truth of the The Birch fungus known as Chaga.