Chaga (scientifically known as Inonotus obliquus) is a parasitic fungus that forms a hard, blackened crust on hardwood trees, particularly birch and beech. It is found in Russia, Northern and Eastern Europe, Korea and parts of North America. Chaga has earned a reputation as one of the most valuable medicinal fungi. It is known by many different names – the ‘Gift from God’ in Siberia, the ‘King of all Plants’ in China and the ‘Diamond in the Forest’ in Japan.
Chaga has been used for more than five centuries as a natural treatment for a variety of health conditions. In most cases, it is ground into a fine powder and consumed as a tea. Chaga contains over 200 phytonutrients, B complex vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. It is a general health elixir, promoting overall vitality and immunity. Historically, Chaga has been used to treat various forms of cancer. It contains betulin and betulinic acid, both of which are being investigated for their possible anti-cancer qualities.
Chaga contains the antioxidant superoxide dismutase (SOD), which provides a powerful defense against superoxide (a free radical). By neutralizing the destructive effects of superoxide throughout the body, Chaga is believed to slow the aging process and resist the onset of degenerative conditions.
Chaga is a very powerful antioxidant which has been observed in studies to significantly reduce DNA damage and fragmentation.
Chaga’s complex components promote overall general health, improving vitality and boosting the immune system.
If your immune system needs additional support or you have respiratory difficulties Chaga may provide you with the most benefit, alongside its many other restorative properties.
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