Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Chaga?
Chaga is a rare and highly prized mushroom that grows on birch trees under extreme climatic conditions. Chaga is one of the most nutrient dense foods known and was recognized as a Super Food in 2015.
Why is Chaga considered a Super Food?
Because of the exceptional amount of immune boosting antioxidants, beta glutens, and betulinic acid, as well as its high levels of various other triterpenes and sterols. Melanin and Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) are other important nutrients extracted from Chaga.
What does Chaga taste like?
To me it tastes like a strong black tea such as oolong. It has no known mushroom aroma to taste. The more it is brewed the richer and smoother the "mouthfeel", with a stronger hint of vanilla. If you are trying to cut down on caffeine, this is a delicious and satisfying alternative to coffee or black tea.
If I am taking Diatomaceous Earth, should I be drinking Chaga also?
I take both. Chaga, being a botanical, has very different properties from DE, which is a hard mineral. The DE produces noticable improvements in my skin, hair, and nails, while the Chaga is more internal, increasing my energy and well being.
How much Chaga do your drink?
I usually drink 1-4 cups a day. I prefer it black, but sometimes add organic maple syrup or raw honey. Listen to your body, it will tell you how much Chaga it needs.
Is Chaga safe for me and my pets?
Yes, many pet owners report that their pets, especially dogs, love to lap up cooled Chaga from their water bowls. Most pets have the same positive experiences with it that people do.
Chaga has been classified by the USDA as GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe). There is no evidence that Chaga is toxic or that it is not well tolerated.
Is your Chaga wildgrown or cultivated?
Our Chaga is only wildgrown. There are numerous cultivated commercial Chaga products. Instead of growing outdoors on birch trees under extreme conditions, they are often grown indoors and harvested just a few months after sowing into a growing medium.
Many of Chaga's enzymes, antioxidants, and antibiotics appear to develop only as a side effect of years in a harsh environment. Cultivated Chaga is not involved in a struggle for survival, and therefore will not develop the same range of complex antioxidants and other components.
What about other medicinal mushrooms?
All medicinal mushrooms have nutrients that are beneficial. Chaga is called the "king of medicinal mushrooms" because it is the greatest storehouse of these properties of any single mushroom or herb.
Why isn't this in a capsule or tablet?
We view Chaga as a food, not a dietary supplement. It is so delicious and satisfying we believe you shouldn't forgo this experience by taking Chaga as a pill or tincture.
Who shouldn't use Chaga?
Chaga is not recommended for individuals hypersensitive to mushrooms or anyone taking penicillin. Another contra-indication is for anyone taking immune suppressing medicines.
Is Chaga sustainable?
The best Chaga isn't grown commercially, and in the wild it can take hours to find a single tree with a Chaga growth. The Alaskan forest where our Chaga comes from is inaccessible much of the year, making over harvesting difficult to do.
Appreciate that you are fortunate to know about Chaga and that you are able to experience this powerful botanical and the vigorous life it generates.