Considered by superfood connoisseurs to be the King of mushrooms. This potent medicinal mushroom also sits very high in our list of top 10 super foods for a number of reasons. A top immune enhancing, adoptogen. Chaga mushroom is a large brown mushroom that grows from living trees, mostly of the birch variety, thought to essentially concentrate all the nutrients from its host tree into its own fruiting mushroom body. Thriving in some extreme conditions throughout northern Europe, Siberia and Canada, the cold temperatures in which chaga mushroom grows are thought to be responsible for releasing its most potent immune enhancing antioxidants other constituents. The most important and studied of these constituents are known as beta-glucan polysaccharides, the highly structured long chains of sugars known to enhance the way our entire system deals with stress and most other immune lowering pathogens. Chaga is also one of the rare super foods to contain bio available melanin, which can over time become depleted from the nervous system, adrenal and pineal glands.
How to use: Our organic powdered extracts can be added to coffee and coffee alternatives, smoothies and other tonic elixirs. Chaga needs to be heated to release its most potent beta-glucans. Mix 2 teaspoons of chaga powder with 1 cup of hot, but not boiling water and let sit for 5-10 minutes before use. This produces a rich, vanilla flavored concoction.