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Chaga- “King of Fungi”

Got “chaga”? Ever heard of chaga?

Chaga is a medicinal mushroom that grows in northern Europe, Siberia, Asia and North America. Also known as the “King of Fungi,” chaga grows for seven years inside the bark of wounded or mature birch trees, during which time it absorbs nutrients and phytochemicals from the wood. Finally, it erupts into a grotesque black charcoal-like conk on the tree trunk.  Rather than being “mushroom-like,” it actually looks like a large black canker.

Chaga is rich in superoxide dismutase (SOD), an enzyme which converts the superoxide ion to less toxic hydrogen peroxide and is produced by a healthy immune system.  SOD is an antioxidant that repairs cell damage from free radicals. Chaga has more SOD than fish oils, barley grass, and vitamins E and C. Recent research has proven chaga mushrooms have the highest antioxidant concentration of any known natural food, even higher than acai and pomegranate.

Chaga is chock full of polysaccharides that enhance the immune system, treat cancer, HIV, and other bacterial and viral infections. It also contains betulinic acid (to counter viral infections and tumors) as well as triterpenes (which lower cholesterol, improve circulation, detoxify the liver, treat hepatitis, bronchitis, asthma, and coughs). Chaga contains high amounts of germanium (a free-radical scavenger) to cleanse the blood, normalize blood pressure, and prevent tumors, and is also frequently used as a natural remedy for chronic inflammation, diabetes, hypertension, stomach illnesses, worms, and flu.

Interestingly, chaga is a polypore (a fungus with pores instead of gills) which puts it in a category of mushrooms that are mostly edible and always non-poisonous. Also, chaga is “wild-crated” and not cultivated which means you will only find the actual mushroom in a forest area.  Chaga has a bitter flavor, so you need to be “creative” to get it “down the hatch.”  Some people soak dried pieces in vodka as a stomach soother, while others soak it for several hours, dry it, grind it into powder and use small amounts in a cup of hot liquid. With chaga extract, ten drops to a cup of water can be sufficient as a tonic.

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6 Responses to “Chaga- “King of Fungi””

  1. David says:

    Great, Chaga deserves more attention. Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusing and misinterpreted information circulating on the internet – people copying each others texts without verifying them, which can give rise to a lot of misunderstandings, like about how to use Chaga, how to choose a supplement and what you can expect of a Chaga supplement.

    I’d like to share this link to additional information with everybody, a link that can help people to choose a Chaga product, if they want one.

    Have a look at this article, really important background about choosing mushroom supplements:

    • Majo says:

      I wanna punch these newscasters in the face. A sick man not beivlieng he is sick isn’t heroic. Someone who can face their fears and their setbacks without letting it change them is heroic. He’s just in denial.

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  3. I have used Wild Chaga for treating my cancer, along with Dandelion Roots for over two years now. I did not take the chemo, radiation or removal procedures that are out there today. I am so happy that I took it upon myself and sleeked out what is there, for everyone through Nature; If one so chooses to look. One should take the blinders off and look around. Help in most cases is just outside your door. Today I am enjoying each and every day as ithey should be enjoyed and feeling great. Merry Christmas Folks!

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  5. sandra marie says:

    can u make it into pure oils?

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