Chaga is often referred to as the king of medicinal mushrooms and lives parasitically on mostly birch but also other trees. It is formed irregularly and looks like burnt charcoal. It is not the fruiting body of the fungus but rather the mycelium for the most part that is made available for harvest. It is mostly black in colour dues to the presence of large amounts of melanin. Usually appearing after the host tree is dead but sometimes when it is alive. Chaga which is also known as Inonotus obliquus grows in birch woodland all over the northern hemisphere including: Russia, Finland, North America, Scotland, northern Europe as well as China.
SOD is in various plants like moringa, and various grasses like barley grass but Chaga has higher concentrations of it than any other source!
Chaga is high in betulin or betulinic acid.
Chaga is reported to contain 27 different kinds of beta glucans which is a polysaccharide long chain sugar.
It has a slight vanilla taste due to the fact that it contains vanillic acid.
There are various triterpenes in chaga that are extracted via boiling, via alcohol but also via fermentation.
The most common use for chaga is to make a tea or coffee like preparation with it by boiling it in a pan with water, it is very densely packed material that can be boiled many times before it ceases to yield it’s medicine. Definitely one of our favourites!
Serving size for tea: 1 teaspoon per pot the size of a large cafetiere or a teapot. It can be re-used several times before replacing.