Chaga mushroom, is found on Birch and other trees in cold climates, it has been used in folk medicine in Russia and other European countries for generations.
Chaga draws nutrients from the tree it grows on and extracts the medicinals from the inner layers of the bark. The active constituents are thought to be a combination of things but most importantly, betulinic acid.
Chaga starts it’s growth in the heart of the birch and slowly grows outward, over time Chaga resembles a charred knuckle protruding from the tree.
Trees are the most powerful living beings in the world, some living over 10,000 years, and chaga draws it’s nutrients directly from this life force.
Chaga has been said to:
calm the nervous system
have a positive effect against cancerous tumors
positively affect various stomach diseases and ulcers
stimulate the immune system
enhance liver health
be particularly high in copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc, and iron.
In Russia,Chaga was approved for public use against cancer by the Medical Academy of Science in Moscow in 1955.
In addition to these many benefits chaga is also a great source of antioxidants, which are said to have anti-aging properties, fight free radical and oxidative stress.