Natural medicine, in particular those derived from trees has been used as both food and healing for thousands of years. The potency of natural medicine has been considered broader in its healing powers than any other pharmaceutical drug. A fact well known long before the advent of modern medicine that has been sorely neglected.
The far northern forests of Russia, Europe and in particular North America are regions which host some of the most potent, reliable medicines in the world. The harsh northern climates are a source of natural medicines which are equally as valuable as the ones found in the deep tropical ones. It is the harsh cold climate which encourage the creation of powerful protective phyto-nutrients that can have a profound effect on our health and longevity. In order for the Chaga mushroom and Birch tree to survive in harsh climates massive amounts of sterols and the enzyme superoxide dismutase are required.
A few of the noteworthy sterols found within Chaga and Birch trees are lanosterol, lupeol, inotodiol, betulin and betulinic acid. The sterol lanosterol is a cholesterol like molecule which is anti-viral and chaga is the only tree based mushroom which contains rich amounts of it. Studies have shown that when chaga is grown artificially in vats or on other medium the lanosterol content drops over 10 fold. This emphasizes the fact that there is no way to duplicate the medicinal properties and natural chemistry which can only be created by nature.
Considered one of the more potent sterols within Chaga are the triterpenes Inotodiol, lupeol, betulin and betulinc acid. A waxy lipid which is vital to building healthy cell membranes making healthy cell walls flexible and diseased ones brittle. Triterpenes also help to destroy tumor cells by producing molecular oxygen which help to immunize cells against cancer, viruses and foreign pathogens. Steroid like molecules made of carbon rings with a large amount of oxygen, triterpenes are some of the largest most complex biological molecules known. Because they are so large they are difficult to absorb. This is one of the reasons why Chaga must be emulsified or 'extracted' so that they become readily absorbed.
A mass-spectrometry study of Chaga mushrooms derived from France, Canada and Ukraine suggests that the Chaga of French origin is the most rich in betulin and betulinic acid, whereas Canadian Chaga is more rich on inotodiol
Chaga and birch are also very rich in the biologically active and potent immune potentiator beta glucan. A mushroom polysaccharide which not only fortifies the immune system but helps to normalize it so the immune system can operate optimally. Considered by Russian researchers to be the best defense against cancer and viral infections. Beta glucan can be taken on an empty stomach with some success, however when combined with a health fat like organic butter or cheese, extra virgin olive oil, nut oil/butter or organic whole milk this greatly aids in its absorption. A daily regiment of extracted Chaga mushroom tea and/or Chaga Mushroom Tincture, taken with organic butter or MCT oil, one can 'bullet proof' their immune system.
Chaga - Richest source of superoxide dismutase (SOD) protects cells and repels viruses
Unique to the Chaga Mushroom is the enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) which is manufactured by the chaga mushroom itself. Chaga mushroom contains up to 50 times more SOD than any other medical mushroom. When consumed SOD helps to absorb free radicals before they can damage the body. SOD is rarely found in any editable substance making Chaga the richest source of this incredible enzyme yet to be discovered. In 1984 R. Culter of the NIH discovered that SOD levels are greatly correlated with a long and vigorous life more than any other factor. Simply put, the species with the highest levels of SOD lived the longest. For example the tortoise which has the highest levels of SOD than any other living creature. Trees themselves exemplify this with the highest levels of SOD which enable them to live 4,000 years or longer.
Simply consuming oxygen to survive leaves behind by-products which contribute to aging and disease, namely superoxide radicals, hydrogen peroxide and hydroxyl. SOD converts these radicals back into oxygen and water molecules thus retarding the decay and aging of healthy cells. In comparison to dietary antioxidants like vitamin C, SOD is 3,500 times more potent at reducing superoxide radicals. Eating increases the production of free radicals which is why in some cases fasting can aid the body in fighting disease. Few will consider fasting as a regular part of their health regime which is why consuming Chaga Mushroom Tea daily can help to achieve the same results. Consuming other dietary sources of SOD rich foods like green peas, cabbage, dark leafy greens, nutritional yeast, wheat grass, wheat germ, beef heart and raw liver should also be considered, especially after the age of 30. Other medicinal mushrooms like Maitake and Reishi are high in SOD levels of 4200 enzyme units per 3g serving where Chaga scores 105,000 units over 24x more. By far, Chaga mushroom has the highest levels of SOD yet discovered. Another reason why Chaga is King of the medical mushrooms.
Linghzi/Reishi 1,400 units/g
Truffles 860 units/g
Agaricus 1,500 units/g
Phellintus Linteus 1,400 units/g
Grifola Frondosa 1,400 units/g
Failure to produce sufficient quantities of SOD in human brains is associated with the risk of Lou Gehrig's Syndrome (ALS) and Alzheimer's disease. It has been noted that SOD levels are low in people with arthritis and those suffering from inflammatory disorders like fibromyalgia and poliomyelitis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Chaga Mushroom - The ultimate Anti Virus protection
Chaga mushroom and birch bark are also powerful antiseptics with potent anti-viral action. The key substances responsible for this is the phenolic compound hispidin which is found exclusively within chaga and birch bark. As such, extracts of Chaga mushroom have a profound ability to activate the immune system. Not only to stimulate, but to optimize its inherit function to repel dangerous invaders and viruses both sudden and those which may have chronically infected ones system. Chaga activates various immune cells and encourages them to release powerful substances like interferon and interleukins which seek and destroy invading cells. The most powerful of these are vital anti-viral and anti-tumor natural killer (NK) cells.
The combination of sterols, super-oxide dismutaste, and phenolic compounds in such massive amounts make Chaga Mushroom not only a boon for optimal health but a reminder that we need to embrace natural medicine for all it has to offer us.
Chaga Supplements - You can't fool Mother Nature
Commercially produced chaga capsules, extracted chaga powders or beta glucan supplements are highly processed and often contain yeast, various chemicals, or genetically modified organisms. Components which are isolated, synthesized or claiming to have been enhanced are stressed by companies to achieve a patent or monopoly. The convenience factor often comes with a degree of toxicity and loss of efficacy. Pure chaga mushroom, if extracted properly using traditional non-evasive brewing methods is non-toxic and more synergistic when the natural beta glucans are allowed to interact with the other mushroom compounds.
Chaga - Nature's super multi-vitamin
The density of nutritional content is a direct result of the climate and harsh cold conditions in which the chaga mushroom has been exposed to. The only primary missing elements are vitamin A and vitamin K.
215 nutrients and phytochemicals have been identified in Chaga mushroom.
Chaga contains significant amounts of B vitamins, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, and biotin. B12 and rare vitamin D. Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, iron, manganese, potassium and zinc. View Annanda Chaga's latest mineral panel lab report.
By fortifying and optimizing our immune system, maintain a healthy regiment of whole natural foods rich in vitamins, beta glucans and SOD we increase our natural ability to repel viruses and pathogens like coronavirus. Chaga Mushroom has everything we need to maintain optimal health.
Sustainability and responsible use
Chaga is extremely dense in nutritional content and when used properly Chaga can be re-steeped several times. It is remarkable how even small quantities of this precious mushroom can yield so much tonic to aid us in our healing journey.
Each of us can do our part to help conserve the supply of Chaga by using it properly. Consult our brewing directions for tips on how to achieve maximum usage and benefit from this precious gift of nature.
Blair & Heather
Superoxide Dismutase: Correlation with Life-Span and Specific Metabolic Rate in Primate Species - Julie M. Tolmasoff, Tetsuya Ono and Richard G. Cutler