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‘When I first started drinking chaga, I felt like the cells in my body had come alive and were just soaking up the mushroom powder as if they had been starving for the nutrients. I can’t explain it, I’m still not sure what lack it was healing in my body. But I know that it was as if those broken down electrical circuits were finally lit up with life for the first time inside me. Sometimes we don’t even know what our body needs until it tastes it and screams: Yes! It’s like a whole body high five!’

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Chaga – Royal Defense

Premium Mushroom Extract Powder – 100g

  • Boost immune system* with ‘King of Mushrooms’
  • Hot-water extracted from wild harvested chaga sclerotium
  • Extraction ratio 8:1
  • >15% beta-D-glucans, >4% triterpenoids
  • 3rd party lab verified for active compounds
  • USDA certified organic
  • 3rd party lab tested for heavy metals and other contaminants
  • 100g bulk mushroom extract powder equals 100 servings
  • Supports your health for $0.49 per serving
  • Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Vegan
  • no added carriers, fillers, binders, coloring agents or other ingredients

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Our chaga mushroom extracts are more potent compared to most other medicinal mushroom supplements on the market. Why? Because all our medicinal mushroom powders are

  • traditionally hot water extracted to make medicinal compounds bio-available – and not just ground up dried mushroom powders with a much lower medicinal potency
  • made from mushroom fruiting bodies – and not from mycelium on grains
  • 3rd party verified for high levels of bio-active medicinal compounds, such as beta-D-glucan and triterpenoids
  • checked for purity (3rd party tested for heavy metals and other contaminants)
  • stored in eco-friendly amber glass jars to protect powders from damaging UV rays

Known as the ‘King of Mushrooms’, chaga mushrooms have been used for thousands of years by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The extract of these royal mushrooms may support:

  • Strong Immune System*
  • Antioxidant Activity*
  • Boosting Metabolism And Digestion*
  • Acid/Alkaline Balance*
  • Healthy Inflammatory Response*
  • Youthful Looks & Vibrant Healthy Skin*
  • Healthy Cell Growth*
  • Apoptosis (Important Function In Inhibiting Cancer Growth)*
  • Fighting Parasites & Viruses*
  • Balancing Blood Sugar Levels*
  • Cardiovascular Health*
  • And more

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Serving Size: 1/2 teaspoon or 1 gram
Servings per Container: 100

Amount Per Serving
Chaga Sclerotia Extract*±
Inonotus obliquus (sclerotia)
1,000mg**
Beta-D-glucans > 15%
Triterpenoids > 4%%

* organic/ wild harvested
± hot water extract (8:1 ratio)
**Percent of daily value not established

Ingredients: organic chaga sclerotia extract

Wait! Why not chaga fruiting body? Read here why chaga sclerotia is used in our extracts.

½ teaspoons 1-3 times daily, or as recommended by a qualified health care practitioner.

Add to hot water, coffee/ tea or your favorite smoothie.

Note: Keep out of the reach of children. Consult a physician if you are pregnant or nursing; have or had a medical condition, or are taking prescription drugs. If you have any adverse effects to the product, stop taking the product immediately and consult your physician.

Store in a cool and dry place. Do not use if safety seal is damaged or missing.

Faq

General

Chaga is a fungus and also goes by its Latin name ‘Inonotus obliquus’. Due to its extraordinary health properties this medicinal mushrooms has been called ‘King of Mushrooms’ for thousands of years by Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners.

Chaga mushroom extract has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to support healthy inflammatory response, detoxification, anti-aging, balance blood sugar, boost metabolism, support healthy cardiovascular & respiratory systems, healthy blood pressure and improve energy levels. It is also known as an antioxidant and adaptogen.

Modern science is slowly catching up with studies supporting that which our Chinese elders have known for millennia.

Some of the beneficial compounds found inside are beta-D-glucans, triterpenoids, SOD, inotodiol, other phytosterols and triterpenes, betulin, betulinic acid, melanin and more. This is in addition to vitamins and many trace minerals.

We test for beta-D-glucans (20%) and triterpenoids (4%).

Yes. However, unlike most mushrooms, the conk is not a fruiting body, but what is called a sclerotia, or mass of mycelium. It looks similar to burnt charcoal.

Typically, we use the fruiting body of our medicinal mushrooms. However, when it comes to chaga, it is different.

In order to answer the question, you have to understand the unique make-up of the chaga mushroom. Chaga doesn’t have a fruiting body (mushroom cap) as we know it. It’s main part is a conk, which is called the sclerotia. And that is where all the medicinal compounds are found.

When growing wild it prefers to grow on birch trees. However, it can also be cultivated on other mediums such as grains.

Note: the medicinal value of chaga mushroom typically decreases significantly when grown on grain.

Chaga has a rather earthy taste and due its active compound triterpenoid can be quite bitter. If a chaga mushroom product is not bitter, this may indicate inferior quality.

Anyone who wants to be healthier overall. It is great for many different facets of the immune system, oxidation and anti-aging. However, if a medical condition is present, a qualified health care practitioner needs to be consulted before taking chaga supplements.

Quality

Yes, it is USDA organic certified.

Our chaga is wildcrafted from birch trees.

This is a good question. Typically, it is the fruiting body that harbours the most medicinal compounds, However, when it comes to chaga, it is the sclerotia that contains all the compounds we are after. Sclerotia is a hardened mass of mycelium.

Note: it is very important to understand that our high quality chaga extracts are made from chaga grown on birch trees. Many other chaga supplement suppliers make their extract from mycelium grown on grain, which typically tests for significantly lower medicinal value.

No. There are no grains involved in our mushroom growing process.

Due to our high quality commitment, our chaga extracts are made from chaga sclerotia grown on birch trees only. There are numerous other suppliers in the market who make their chaga extract from chaga mycelium grown on grain, which typically tests for significantly lower medicinal value.

Our chaga extract is made through hot water extraction. This is in our experience the most effective extraction method. The extraction ratio for our chaga extract is 8:1.

We don’t test specifically for polysaccharides because this is a large category of different things.

Many companies talk about the high polysaccharide levels of their products. Why? Because mushrooms can have medicinal compounds that are polysaccharides, such as beta-D-glucan, PSK (polysaccharide krestin) and PSP (polysaccharide peptide). However, a high polysaccharide level does not necessarily translate to high levels of the aforementioned medicinal compounds. Polysaccharides can also be found in grains and vegetables – starch and cellulose are polysaccharides, as well.

In order to ensure high potency of your mushroom product, look for the (1-3, 1-6) beta-D-glucan, not for polysaccharides.

All our medicinal mushroom extracts are tested by a third party lab (Megazyme) for their beta-D-glucan levels to ensure high potency. More specifically, we test for the (1-3, 1-6) beta-D-glucans, which are the sought after medicinal compounds in most medicinal mushrooms.

The main active medicinal compounds in chaga are generally considered beta-D-glucans and triterpenoids. In addition, there are numerous other beneficial phytochemicals.

Our chaga regularly tests at 20% or higher.

Our chaga regularly tests at 4% or higher.

Yes. As we, the Sacred Source Botanicals team, are also consuming our products on a daily basis, we are always concerned about the health and safety of our products.

We get our chaga mushrooms consistently tested by third party laboratories. All of our product specifications follow the following industry established limits:

  • Lead: < 2ppm*
  • Arsenic: < 2ppm*
  • Cadmium: <2ppm*
  • Mercury: <0.1ppm*

*ppm = parts per million

Chaga mushrooms like other medicinal mushrooms have to be extracted in order to make the medicinal compounds bio-available. In its raw form, chaga may have some benefits, as well. However, the medicinal properties chaga is famous for are locked away in the mushrooms cell-walls, unless it gets extracted for example through hot water extraction.

No, it is just pure chaga mushroom extract powder. No added fillers, starch, binders or any other additives.

Yes. It is the melanin that gives chaga its dark color.

When it comes to sourcing our chaga mushrooms, quality and safety are of foremost concern. In order to yield the quality and medicinal potency chaga mushrooms are famous for we turned to the place where growing and extraction methods have been continuously refined for the past centuries: China.

Our chaga mushroom is traditionally and organically grown on a USDA organic certified farm in an eco-village in China. As it stands, China is one of the best places to get the actual chaga sclerotia wild-harvested from birch trees, rather than mycelium on grain, which is mostly found in US grown medicinal mushroom products.

We regularly test for the potency of our mushrooms, including our chaga extracts. In addition we test for any traces of heavy metals or other contaminants. This ensures quality and safety of our chaga extracts.

How to Take Chaga

Our chaga extract dissolves in both cold and hot water. Sometimes it clumps a little bit, but if stirred this will dissolve completely, especially if added to hot water.

With our extract you’ll just add the dose ½ tsp to hot water and stir. See our recipe section for more inspiration.

Our recommended dose is 1,000mg 1-3 times per day. 1,000mg is equal to ½ teaspoon of extract powder. For some a larger dosage is safe, as well. In any event, if you have a medical condition or are pregnant, please consult a qualified health care practitioner before taking chaga supplements.

You can take chaga extract at any time on an empty stomach as well as before, during or after meals.

Chaga can be taken at any time even if one is not showing any symptoms of compromised health. The aim of medicinal mushrooms is to support your body when you are healthy so you don’t get sick in the first place.

Side Effects and Contraindications:

Because there isn’t enough scientific data to back up safety in young children, it is best for young children to avoid chaga mushrooms. If you nevertheless would like to give your child a chaga extract, please consult a pediatrician or qualified healthcare practitioner before taking the supplement.

Because there isn’t enough scientific studies involving pregnant or breastfeeding women, it is best for nursing or expecting women to avoid chaga. If you nevertheless would like to take chaga extracts, it is very important to consult a qualified health care practitioner before taking chaga supplements.

Yes, absolutely. However, if your pet has a medical condition, please consult a veterinarian first.

Because it is untested as such children, pregnant or breastfeeding women may want to avoid chaga. Anyone who has a medical condition, needs to consult a qualified health care practitioner before taking chaga supplements.

Today, approximately 90% of American adults consume caffeine in some form each day (coffee, tea, chocolate, etc). While many are probably reaching for caffeine to obtain the boost of energy it provides, most know that caffeine can also have its downsides if consumed in excess amounts.

Caffeine can have an effect on the body when it comes to acidity, digestion, energy crashes, brain fog, and several other factors. As it turns out, adding chaga extract to coffee has the potential to offset many of the potential downsides.

Here is how chaga extract can balance out many of the unwanted side effects:

  • Supports Digestion
  • Has an alkalizing effect (combats acidity)
  • As an adaptogen it helps with stress management
  • Increases sustainable energy levels (can prevent crashing)
  • Tonifies/ Suppports the liver
  • Has one of the highest anti-oxidant levels found in plants (can combat brain fog)

Chaga offers a natural way to protect and support healthy digestive functions. Its anti-inflammatory effects are useful for helping to alleviate inflammation in the stomach or intestines, which could otherwise impede digestion and limit nutrient absorption. It also helps to stimulate the liver, prompting it to create digestive bile. This helps the digestive system to better break down foods, especially proteins. Chaga also contains beneficial constituents important for digestion, including manganese, thiamin and digestive enzymes. (24TrustedSource)

Chaga is high in alkaline minerals. Minerals such as potassium, cesium and rhodium work to counteract acidity which causes a PH imbalance leading to disease. (31)

Chaga is rich in antioxidants, which are chemicals that help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals or oxidants. When the body is unable to produce enough antioxidants to prevent this damage, oxidative stress occurs. Oxidative stress can cause cancer and a host of other health problems. (29TrustedSource, 30TrustedSource)

Several animal studies link chaga to lower blood sugar levels. Therefore, it may help manage diabetes (16Trusted Source, 17Trusted Source).

A recent study in obese, diabetic mice observed that chaga extract reduced blood sugar levels and insulin resistance compared to diabetic mice who did not receive the supplement (18Trusted Source).

In another study in diabetic mice, chaga supplements led to a 31% decrease in blood sugar levels over three weeks (17Trusted Source).

Similar results have been seen in other studies (19TrustedSource, 20Trusted Source).

Inflammation is a natural response of your immune system that can protect against disease. However, long-term inflammation is linked to conditions like heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis (1Trusted Source).

Animal and test-tube studies suggest that chaga extract can positively impact immunity by reducing long-term inflammation and fighting harmful bacteria and viruses.

Chaga may fight off harmful bacteria or viruses by increasing the formation of beneficial cytokines and stimulating white blood cells (2TrustedSource, 3Trusted Source). As a result, this mushroom could help fight infections — from minor colds to serious illnesses.

Chaga extract may reduce inflammation and gut damage by inhibiting inflammatory (harmful) cytokines (4Trusted Source, 5TrustedSource, 7Trusted Source).

Several animal and test-tube studies show that chaga may prevent and slow cancer growth (8Trusted Source).

In a study in mice with cancer, chaga supplements resulted in a 60% reduction in tumor size (9Trusted Source).

In a test-tube study, chaga extract prevented the growth of cancer in human liver cells. Similar results were observed with cancer cells of the lung, breast, prostate and colon 10Trusted Source, 11TrustedSource, 12Trusted Source, 13Trusted Source).

It’s thought that the anticancer effect of chaga is partly due to its high content of antioxidants, which protect cells from damage by free radicals (14TrustedSource, 15Trusted Source).

In particular, chaga contains the antioxidant triterpene. Test-tube studies reveal that very concentrated triterpene extract can help kill cancer cells (apoptosis) (15Trusted Source).

Chaga extract may also benefit cholesterol levels, reducing risk of heart disease.

In an eight-week study in rats with high cholesterol, chaga extract reduced “bad” LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing antioxidant levels (21TrustedSource).

Similar studies gave the same results and observed that — in addition to reducing “bad” LDL cholesterol — chaga increases “good” HDL cholesterol (22Trusted Source, 23Trusted Source).

Researchers believe that the antioxidants present in chaga are responsible for its effects on cholesterol.

A positive side effect of the ability of Chaga to stop the growth of cancer cells is its anti-aging capabilities. Experiments done in the Laboratory of Stem Cell and Tumor Biology, Seoul National University in South Korea reported that: “the Chaga mushroom extracts… prevented the inhibition of GJIC (gap junctional intercellular communication) through the blocking of Cx43 phosphorylation. …GJIC has an important function in maintaining tissue homeostasis through regulation of cell growth, differentiation, apoptosis and adaptive functions of differentiated cells. Thus, Chaga mushrooms may… prevent the inhibition of GJIC through inactivation of ERK1/2 and p38 MAP kinase.”.

By inhibiting the actions of certain substances that affect the demise of our cells, Chaga effectively functions as an anti-aging agent.

Due to Chaga’s high melanin content and its antioxidant properties, this mushroom is especially beneficial for healthy and youthful skin.

Melanin is a compound that our bodies produce that affects the color of eyes, hair, and skin. In addition, melanin protects the skin from damaging effects of the sun (ultraviolet radiation).

This study has examined such effects of chaga on skin. (27TrustedSource)

Chaga has betulonic acid which is necessary for regeneration of skin, and healing of wounds. (28TrustedSource)

Several new studies show that Chaga mushroom has benefits in connection with Herpes Simplex (HSV). According to a study, no viral cells were detected in a group treated with the Chaga mushroom extract. In another study, the extract of Chaga proved to inhibit viral membrane fusion, providing a new treatment option to usual nucleoside analog anti-herpetics. (25TrustedSource, 26TrustedSource)

A report submitted by Prof. E. A. Dosychev, V.N. in May 1973 in the journal Vestnik Dermatologii I Venerologii tells how Chaga was used in treating psoriasis in 48 patients with concurrent chronic inflammatory diseases. The treatments lasted from 3 months to 2 years. Psoriasis completely disappeared in 38 patients and 8 patients showed definite signs of improvement. Together with the disappearance of psoriasis, their concurrent inflammatory diseases were healed as well.

In animal studies, this mushroom has significantly improved physical endurance.

One study published in 2015 found that when mice were given chaga mushroom polysaccharides, the mice were able to swim longer, the glycogen (fuel) content of both muscles  and liver increased, while lactic acid levels in the bloodstream decreased. (Show Study)

Put that all together and it’s a recipe for less fatigue and better endurance.

Asian herbalists believe that Chaga preserves youthfulness, promotes health, and encourages longevity. Because of its potent protective qualities and high degree of safety, it is relegated as a “superior herb.”

It is categorized as a Qi tonic, like Reishi mushroom. It is also considered to be a superb kidney, liver and heart tonic. In addition, Chaga may be used as a Shen tonic, and as an immune modulating (strengthening, balancing, supportive and regulating) tonic of the highest order.