chaga mushroom is a non-toxic mushroom with extremely high number of antioxidants. This mushroom differs from other mushrooms as it grows by extracting nutrient from living trees instead of the dead ones. Chaga mushrooms primarily grow on birch trees and are only found in the coldest locations of the northern hemisphere. This unique factor makes chaga mushrooms exclusive to Russia, eastern Europe, Canada, Korea, and some parts in the united states. In addition to this exclusivity, chaga mushrooms take at least 5 years to mature, and are very rare. Also, chaga mushrooms cannot be cultivated. Several attempts have been made to cultivate chaga mushrooms, but every attempt resulted in significantly reduced and different bioactive constituents. The appearance of chaga mushrooms is like burnt wood on the outside, and orange inside. The mushroom is harvested on selected birch trees only once in 20 years. In addition, out of a hundred trees harvested, only 2 % to 3 % of the harvested chaga are certified as superior grade. Many commercial foragers are highly motivated to harvest chaga mushrooms because of its high value.
Superiority of Canadian chaga mushrooms
Higher melanin concentration
Canadian chaga mushrooms have higher concentrations of melanin, which makes it to have more antioxidant activity effect compared to other chaga mushrooms harvested from other regions. This is because Canadian chaga mushrooms receive relatively higher amount of ultraviolet light compared to chaga mushrooms found in other regions. Canadian chaga mushrooms, as a result, produces more melanin and contains higher concentration of vitamin d.
From unpolluted northern Canada
chaga mushrooms are known to have higher quality nutrition when they are grown in colder regions because chaga mushrooms tend to store valuable nutrients in themselves in colder habitats. Despite the fact, most commercially marketed chaga mushrooms tend to be harvested from the warm climate regions because chaga grows faster and is cheaper. Northern canadian chaga mushrooms are slowly grown in extremely cold weather where there is no environmental contamination. This is why canadian chaga mushrooms have better quality than the ones harvested from other regions.
Caution and warning
Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
– High quality wild harvested chaga from northern Canada
– Rich in antioxidant.
– Suitable for use with tea infusers and conventional coffee makers.
– Steep/brew teaspoon (~3g) in a cup of water for 4-6 minutes.