Learn about the chaga mushroom, including its high antioxidant properties, and buy chaga mushrooms dried from us.
The chaga mushroom is a unique, highly-sought after mushroom that grows wild on birch trees throughout northern climates. Chaga itself is the sterile fungal body of the Inonotus obliquus organism. You may recognize chaga with a hard, crusty, black outside, and a fresh brown inside, where the mycelium can be seen.
If you want to buy chaga mushrooms from us, you’ll receive high-quality, wild harvested chaga from New England. Our chaga comes ready for your consumption, and it’s great as a medicinal tea which you can make by simmering the dried chunks of chaga overnight in a crockpot, or by simply adding boiling water to the chaga and allowing it to steep to taste. I recommend making a chaga chai by adding some spices!
The best reason to buy chaga mushrooms — they’re high in antioxidants!
Of course, we’re not the only ones who speak highly of the chaga mushroom. The natural-health minded community has been abuzz about chaga as of late, primarily due to its chemical constituents and properties, deeming it one of the many amazingly-medicinal mushrooms. But the use of chaga as a medicinal mushroom in the west has been around since the late 60s, while other cultures throughout the word have utilized it for thousands of years.
In an article from Huffington Post, world-renown mycologist Paul Stamets shares some of the the constituents behind chaga’s healthful properties, including laboratory tests that have shown the presence of ethanol-soluble lanostanic triterpenoid antioxidants. “Antioxidants mitigate the damaging effects of free radicals that harm tissue and interfere with DNA replication. A breakdown in the antioxidant capacity of cells is suspected to underlie various health challenges, such as inflammation, premature aging, and some cancers.”
Cass Ingram, MD, also discusses chaga’s antioxidant properties in the Price-Pottenger Journal of Health and Healing. “Chaga is known for its very high content of super-oxide dismutase (SOD), an important enzyme that functions as a powerful antioxidant. SOD performs a vital antiaging function by neutralizing oxygen free radicals, preventing oxidative damage to cells and tissues. In studies, low tissue levels of SOD have been associated with both a decline in overall health and a reduction in life span.”
Furthermore, on the topic of free radical elimination, another study, based on its conclusions, hypothesizes that “Chaga extract could be a possible and valuable supplement to inhibit oxidative stress in general.”
Now do you want to buy chaga mushrooms from us? You don’t have to take only our word on the healthful benefits of chaga; the above studies should suffice. And honestly, there’s a lot more research on chaga mushrooms that I haven’t cited here. The information I’ve seen, and my experiences with the chaga mushroom, are proof enough for me.
Just so you know: When we wild harvest our chaga mushrooms throughout the woods of New England, we pay close attention to doing it responsibly and respectively, as to not damage ecosystems through overconsumption. We always leave a good portion of the chaga alone, so it can continue to grow beyond maturity — which, by the way, can take up to 20 years.
Want to help your loved ones build their antioxidant reserves? Share this article with them, so they can buy chaga mushrooms, make some tasty tea, and invest in their health with medicinal mushrooms, too.
PS: Want more resources on the benefits of chaga? Check out this great list or visit http://www.ethnoherbalist.com/chaga-extract-mushroom-tea-benefits/