Innotech Nutrition’s Wild Harvested Chaga Mushroom Chunks are Organic and Vegan-friendly. This hand picked wild chaga is sustainably harvested from live aging Canadian birch trees. The chaga is preserved in chunks to maintain freshness and can be re-used 3-4 times. Many people use chaga as a natural caffeine-free tea.
Directions: Let 2-3 chunks simmer in 32 oz (1 litre) of water at 149° F (65° C) for 3-4 hours. Do not boil. Store used chunks in freezer in-between brews. For fast brewing, pour boiling water over 2-3 chunks and let sit for at least 15 minutes.
Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) is a wild mushroom that grows in the birch forests of Canada and around the world. Chaga is referred to as the “King of the Medicinal Mushrooms” because of its many anti-inflammatory and other health benefits. Chaga is second only to raw chocolate in antioxidant quantity. Chaga is a premier herbal adaptogen which is a metabolic regulator that increases an organism’s ability to adapt to environmental factors and resist stress.
Chaga contains a super powerful compound called betulinic acid, an anti-mutagenic compound that is naturally found in the white part of the birch bark. Chaga mushroom feeds on and concentrates betulin. Chaga is loaded with beta-glucan. Beta glucans are used for high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. Beta glucans are also used to boost the immune system in people whose body defenses have been weakened by conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, or physical and emotional stress; or by treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy. Beta glucans are also used for colds (common cold), flu (influenza), H1N1 (swine) flu, allergies, hepatitis, Lyme disease, asthma, ear infections, aging, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.
Chaga also contains very high concentrations of melanin. Melanin is the same compound as the pigment in our skin, the retina of the eye, and the pigment bearing neurons within the brain stem. Melanin fights the effects of radiation by activating the pineal gland, deactivates radioactive isotopes and converts them into benign forms. Melanin is also regarded as protection from heavy metals.