Chaga is known as the “Gift from God” or “the King of Medicinal Mushrooms”. Instead of being soft like traditional mushrooms, it is very hard – almost as hard as wood. It grows on wild birch trees north of the 45th parallel. To withstand the environment of very cold winters and very hot summers, the wild birch has a powerhouse of nutrients.
Chaga has 215 potent and unique phyto-nutrients, which include superoxide dismutase (SOD), polysaccharides, betulin and betulinic acid.
Chaga is an essential addition to the diet for anyone 25 years and older because SOD is an antioxidant enzyme needed by the entire body. Superoxide is one of the most common and most damaging free-radicals in the human body and SOD is the main antioxidant responsible for counteracting superoxide. By the time we are 25-30, the levels of enzymes needed to create SOD in any significant amount have diminished.