It is no small wonder that the Chaga mushroom can mostly be found growing on birch, alder or spruce trees in the Northern parts of Siberia, Canada, Korea, Japan and the United States. One thing these places have in common is a cold climate. This King of Herbs grows only in frigid zones; and can be most potent if sourced from these places with temperatures under -40oC.
It is, likewise, not surprising that Chaga took its name from the word that means “fungus” in the indigenous Komi-Permyak language from coldest of these cold places—Siberia. Natural selection forces must have dictated the pattern of Chaga’s evolution in the direction of “the colder, the better.” This is why the most highly-prized Chaga mushroom extract applications can also be found in Russian herbalism.
Among the preparations of this mushroom in Russian folk medicine are teas, topical remedies for injuries or rashes, and smoke inhalations. The indigenous people of Siberia like the Komi-Permyak who use the mushroom have many documented cases of people living to over a hundred. The folk practices, therefore, seem to suggest that the Chaga possesses antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are substances that armor the body’s cells against damage or death.
Many modern laboratory studies show that Chaga contains triterpenes called betulinic acid and polyphenols, which are known antioxidant active compounds.* These studies validate what the indigenous Russian folk have believed about the Chaga for generations. Longevity and the ability to heal quickly from wounds and injuries are the main benefits of antioxidants.
There are other things the Chaga is known for. Beta glucan-rich polysaccharides that promote a healthy immune system are found in the highly valued medicinal mushroom supplements made from Chaga.* Beta glucans are known to help increase the production of white blood cells, which are among the body’s important agents against infection. They also help reduce certain allergic reactions.
Although the benefits one might get from medicinal extracts and supplements may be encouraging, anyone could be subject to unexpected adverse reactions to new substances. It is, therefore, advisable to consult your doctor before buying or taking any of them. And when you do, be sure to buy only from reliable sources; not only to ensure your safety, but also to get your hard-earned money’s worth.
Colder Places are Better Sources of Chaga Mushroom Extract