Chaga Liquid Extract
Chaga liquid dual-extract (30% alcohol).
- Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) fruitbody* dual-extract
- Non-chlorinated water
- Alcohol (certified organic karoo agave spirit, Leonista blanco)
* Wild-crafted in Russia.
This liquid extract is created by first soaking wild-crafted chaga fruitbody in 43% alcohol for a minimum of four weeks. The chaga pieces are then removed from the alcohol and gently simmered in non-chlorinated water for 2-4 hours. Finally, the tincture and hot-water extractions are filtered and combined to create a potent elixir of bioavailable compounds with a total alcohol content of 30%.
A single 50 ml bottle of dual-extract should last approximately 50 days, with a daily dosage of 20 drops. For those who may have alcohol sensitivities, we recommend dropping your dosage into warm water to evaporate the alcohol before drinking.
Known as the King of mushrooms, Chaga is a potent mushrooms with a long list of health benefits, maybe even too long for us to list here. Chaga is not a typical bracket or stem-and-cap mushroom, instead it looks like a large and woody, charcoal like mass growing from birch trees. It's use is Siberia and Asia dates back centuries and its use in Russian sports was often kept secret by athletes who believe it's energy and vitality giving potential would give them the competitive edge needed to win.
Chaga can easily be made into a tea. A single teaspoon is enough to turn 1.5L of water into a deep, dark brown broth with a neutral taste. This makes Chaga tea great as a base in smoothies, coffees, cold beverages and soups. Making Chaga tea however(or any other mushroom tea), only gives us access to the water soluble constituents and not the ethanol and/or oil soluble constituents. Since Chaga is such a rare and limited resource, it feels wasteful not to consume it in a full-spectrum liquid extract to experience it in all its glory.
As with all mushrooms, we've only just started to study and understand the depth of potential they offer for nourishment and healing. Chaga is no different and so far studies suggest Chaga to be very effective at slowing, treating, preventing certain types of cancers. Helps with blood-sugar regulation and lowers LDL cholesterol.
Chaga is also one of, if not the highest natural source of antioxidants known to man. Far exceeding that of blueberries, goji berries and raw cacao. It's also a great source of melanin which will benefit our hair, skin, nails and eyes.
It's also packed with its own polysaccharides and beta-glucans, special dietary fibres that triggers a modulated immune response and helps keeps our immune systems strong and ready.
Other benefits may include anti-inflammatory properties, improved circulation and longevity.
When to take Chaga?
Personally we prefer to take Chaga first thing in the morning with Lion's mane to benefits from its "life-force giving" potential. Chaga can be taken any time of the day really, it can also be effective after intense physical activities to help with recovery by reducing inflammation and supporting the endocrine system. A little bit of Chaga in your evening tea is never a bad idea and why not combine it with Reishi while you're at it! "Mo' mushrooms, less problems"
We do however recommend that you take a break from Chaga every now and then. This is because of the oxalates in Chaga (and some other mushrooms like oyster varieties) that can prevent the effective absorption of calcium when taken consistently in high doses for long periods of time. So just keep that in mind.
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