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Wild Harvested Vermont Chaga

Chaga Fungus

 

 

 

Chaga (Inonotus Obliquus) is a parasitic Fungus that typically grows on birch trees in colder climates across the Northern Hemisphere.  Its growth is rare, estimated to appear only on one in every 15,000 birch trees. At first glance, the fungus doesn’t look very appealing; actually,  appearances can be deceiving, however, as this special fungus packs a punch when it comes to its health value

 

Rather than soft like a fungus, chaga is hard, almost as hard as wood. It is unique, nothing like common fungus. In fact, chaga is the most nutritionally dense of all tree growths. Known by the Siberians as the “Gift from God” and the “Fungus of Immortality,” this vibrant growth has been used by humans to support health for thousands of years.

 

Chaga has been consumed for centuries in the East, most typically as tea, where its health benefits are well established. More recently, chaga has been gaining popularity in the West, where its numerous health benefits are now being recognized by many health gurus. Technically, chaga is a highly-concentrated black mass of mycelium that protrudes from birch trees infected with parasitic–but non-toxic–fungus Inonotus Obliquus. The dark, hard and cracked exterior, which often appears like burnt charcoal, is called the sclerotium. The interior has a rusty yellow brown color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Chaga Fungus

 

Supports Immune System

Soothing Properties

Ulcers and Gastritis

Normalize Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Levels

Antioxidant Properties

Cancer-Countering Effects

Supports Healthy Digestion

Promotes Healthy Skin

Aids Liver Function

Benefits Cardiovascular Health

 

 

 

Chaga chunks cut dried and Harvested in February 2016

Freshly harvested Chaga February 2016

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