Chaga mushrooms have been used for centuries as traditional medicine in Russia and other part of Asia to improve overall health as well as immunity. They would grate the mushroom into a fine powder and then brew it as an herbal tea. Today, chaga mushrooms are sold as a powder or supplement.
Chaga mushrooms may look like burnt charcoal on the outside, but on the inside? That’s where the real magic is!
Chaga mushrooms, also known as “black gold” due to its cork-like orange tissue, are known for their antioxidant content. In fact, they have one of the highest if not THE highest antioxidant content of any other food. Chaga mushrooms have an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) value of 146,700.
Chaga polysaccharide has “strong antioxidant activity for scavenging free radicals.” But what does that mean?
Free radicals are molecules are naturally produced in the body or through exposure to chemicals or environmental agents, such as pollution. Because free radicals have a single, unpaired electron, they’re reactive and unstable. They’ll seek out other molecules to either take away an electron or give them their extra electron, which creates more free radicals. As a result, free radicals can cause damage and destroy our cells and DNA.
When too many free radicals are produced, that’s when oxidative stress occurs. Oxidative damage contributes to ageing of our body and diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. So where do chaga mushrooms come into the free radical equation? Thanks to their high antioxidant content, chaga mushrooms contain free radical scavengers — and strong ones at that. They seek out free radicals and donate an electron to neutralise them and prevent more damage.
- It can boost the immune system – If you’re looking to fight off the common cold or other illnesses, chaga mushrooms might help! Chaga mushrooms are powerful immune boosters. This is because they contain beta-glucans, naturally occurring polysaccharides that “increase host immune defence by activating complement system, enhancing macrophages and natural killer cell function.” Another way chaga mushrooms can boost the immune system is promoting the formation of cytokines. These proteins are the immune system’s chemical messengers and stimulate white blood cells, which are the body’s first responders to infections or bacteria and viruses.
- It’s anti-inflammatory Turmeric isn’t the only superfood that’s been shown to reduce inflammation! Inflammation is the immune system’s defense mechanism against injury and infection. The immune system responds by either treating or repairing the damage or it signals the body to fight back against harmful invaders, such as bacteria or viruses. Some inflammation is necessary, but chronic inflammation can lead to chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer. There are two kinds: beneficial cytokines and harmful cytokines. When it comes to inflammation, harmful cytokines can trigger it. But research shows that chaga mushrooms can prevent the production of harmful cytoki
- It has anti-cancer properties – While no one food can prevent cancer, multiple studies show chaga mushrooms have strong anti-cancer properties, especially when it comes to slowing the growth of certain types of cancer. What makes chaga so potent? The mushroom contains the medicinal compound betulin, a type of antioxidant known as a triterpene. And studies have shown this compound has anti-cancer and properties. More human studies are definitely needed, but the research that has been conducted so far seems promising.
Chaga mushrooms are rich in a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, including:
- B-complex vitamins, vitamin D, potassium, rubidium, cesium, amino acids, fiber, copper, selenium, zinc, iron, manganese, magnesium, calcium
The unwritten rule with food is, the higher the antioxidant content, the more bitter it will taste. And that couldn’t be more true for chaga mushrooms. They have a bitter and earthy taste.
To enjoy, simply mix into smoothies or shakes, stir into coffee or tea, or add into any other recipe. Chaga has earthy, vanilla, bitter, tastes a bit like what you would think a tree tastes like; dries the palette. By adding your favorite milk and sweetener it can help enhance the flavor—the same as you would do with coffee. Alternately you can mix with butter, maple syrup and instant coffee to make it a superfood hot coffee upgrade.
Chaga mushrooms are safe and legal to consume. Unlike “shrooms,” they don’t contain psilocybin; they won’t get you high or cause any psychoactive effects.
Perfect for all diets: Vegan, Organic, Dairy-Free, Keto, Paleo, Gluten-Free; NON- GMO, no mycelium fillers, never fermented, never grown on oats or rice. Wild harvested and wild cultivated.
Packaging: No waste because La Republica use a BPA-free, UV protecting reusable jar, so none of the critical beta-glucans are lost.
Manufacturing: Gold Standard SQF Level 3 facility in Los Angeles.