Chaga Mushroom is prized by natural health practitioners who consider it far superior to anything else in nature. The Chaga Mushroom has been appreciated for thousands of years, dating as far back as the 16th century traditionally used in Eastern European folk medicine as a natural remedy for tuberculosis of the bones, gastritis, and ulcers. Worldwide it is considered 'The Medicinal King of Herbs' and a precious gift from nature. Chaga Mushroom draws its nutrients out of living birch trees, rather than from the ground. The amazing properties of betulin or betulinic acid, a chemical isolated from birch trees, is now being studied for use as a chemotherapy agent. Chaga contains large amounts of betulinic acid in a form that can be ingested orally, as well as the full spectrum of immune-stimulating phytochemicals found in other medicinal mushrooms such as maitake mushroom and shiitake mushroom.
For centuries Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners have used Chaga Mushroom for general health, longevity, beauty, and as a remedy for the most serious health conditions. In Asian culture, the Chaga Mushroom is referred to as the 'Mushroom of Immortality' used to boost immunity, supporting the body's ability to eliminate toxins while stimulating the nervous system. Raw Chaga Mushroom is a wonderful source of Melanin providing youthful looks and vibrant skin. The Chaga Mushroom is known for its wonderful antioxidant and inflammation reducing properties and is said to have the highest antioxidant level of any mushroom!
Today, the Chaga Mushroom is commonly used to combat hypertension, viral infections, and support a healthy cardiovascular system. Chaga Mushroom contains large amounts of phytonutrients and immune activating compounds such as Beta Glycans and polysaccharides which enhance immune function stimulating the body's ability to set up cellular defenses. It has even been said that the Chaga Mushroom can balance metabolism and one's chi
or vital energy levels.
The Chaga Mushroom is native to Western Siberia, Canada and USA and typically grows on the trunks of birch trees. Unlike other mushrooms with gills or caps, the Chaga is has pores and is irregularly formed looking much like a burnt piece of charcoal. The Chaga is a parasitic mushroom that feeds on the white part of birch tree bark where the antimutagenic action of the molecules inhibits free-radical oxidation producing interferons enhancing DNA repair. This white part of the birch bark is also where the Chaga Mushroom obtains the powerful betulinic acid which may fight abnormal and uncontrolled cell division.
Raw Chaga Mushroom is 100% natural and harvested in the wild. It contain over 215 phytonutrients, has 25 to 50 times more SOD antioxidants than Agarigus, CoQ 10, vitamin C and wild blueberries, and is rated among the highest on the ORAC.
Some possible benefits of our raw wildcrafted Chaga Mushroom Powder may include:
● High in immune-stimulating phytochemicals
● Supporting healthy inflammatory response
● Incredibly high amounts of beta glucans, saponins, amino acids, belulinic acid, & natural minerals
● Improving Sleep
● Fighting abnormal & uncontrolled cell division
● Protection against oxidation
● Detoxifying the body
● Increasing resistance to diseases
● Normalizing blood pressure
● Anti-viral properties
● Combating gastritis & ulcers
● Abundance of B Vitamins
● Natural source of Melanin providing youthful looks & vibrant skin
● Combating hypertension
● Reducing fatigue
● Improving mental clarity
● Reducing digestive problems
● Improving metabolism including activation of metabolism in cerebral tissue
● Aiding in cardiovascular health
● Reducing blood clots
● Regulate the activity of cardiovascular & respiratory systems
● Supporting healthy blood glucose levels
● Reduction of gout
● Powerful anti-aging properties
● Excellent source of the enzyme SOD (Superoxide dismutase)
● Stimulating the central nervous & neurohumoral (they increase the activity of estrogens) systems of organism
The Chaga Mushroom has been used for years for its amazing effects on overall good health, immunity and can be helpful in fighting cancer cells. This long kept secret of Eastern Europe is now available to you. Try it today!
Suggested Use: Steep 1 teaspoon in 6 ounces of boiling water for 10 minutes or mix 1 teaspoon with juice, yogurt or add to your favorite smoothie. Take 1 teaspoon up to 3 times daily.
Botanical Name: Inonotus Obliquus
Ingredients: Chaga Mushroom Powder.
Other Names: Birch mushroom, Black Birch Touchwood, Cinder conk, Mushroom of Immortality, Clinker polypore, Crooked Schiller-porling
Origin: USA - Wildcrafted
Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our raw Chaga Mushroom powder is wildcrafted and passes our strict quality assurance which includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers raw Wild Chaga Mushroom powder packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your Wild Chaga Mushroom powder in a cool, dark, dry place.
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