Chaga Mushroom Powder

Chaga Mushroom Powder

  • Natural health practitioners consider Chaga Mushroom to be 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 Europe
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners have used Chaga Mushroom for general well being.
  • The Chaga Mushroom is known for its wonderful antioxidant properties and supporting a healthy inflammation response... More info

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Chaga Mushroom Benefits

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 support a healthy immune system response, supporting a healthy detox response while also supporting a healthy nervous system. Raw Chaga Mushroom is a wonderful source of Melanin supporting youthful looks and vibrant skin. The Chaga Mushroom is known for its wonderful antioxidant properties and supporting a healthy inflammation response.

Today, the Chaga Mushroom is commonly used to support general health. Chaga Mushroom contains large amounts of phytonutrients and immune supporting compounds such as Beta Glycans and polysaccharides which may support 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 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 immune supporting substances are formed. This white part of the birch bark is also where the Chaga Mushroom obtains the powerful betulinic acid which may support the body’s fight of abnormal and uncontrolled cell division.

Chaga Mushroom powder has over 215 Phytonutrients!

Our raw, organic Chaga Mushroom is 100% natural and harvested in the wild. It contains over 215 phytonutrients, has 25 to 50 times more SOD antioxidants than Agaricus, CoQ 10, vitamin C and wild blueberries, and is rated among the highest on the ORAC.

Some possible traditional uses of Raw Wildcrafted Chaga Mushroom Powder may include:

  • A source of immune supporting phytochemicals
  • May support a healthy inflammatory response
  • A source of beta glucans, saponins, amino acids, betulinic acid, & natural minerals
  • May support healthy Sleep
  • May Protect against oxidation
  • May support the a healthy detoxification response
  • May support healthy blood pressure
  • Abundance of B Vitamins
  • Natural source of Melanin supporting youthful looks & vibrant skin
  • May reduce fatigue
  • May support healthy mental function
  • May support healthy digestion
  • May support healthy metabolism
  • Supports a healthy cardiovascular & respiratory systems
  • Supporting healthy blood glucose levels
  • May support healthy uric acid levels in the body
  • A source of the enzyme SOD (Superoxide dismutase)
  • May support a healthy central nervous & neurohumoral (they increase the activity of estrogens) systems of organism

Nutrients in Chaga Mushroom include:

  • Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium, Germanium
  • Vitamins: Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Beta carotene, Vitamin K
  • Phytochemicals: Beta-D-Glucans,Betulinic Acid, Flavonoids, Melanin, Phenols, Polysaccharides, Sterols, Tripeptide, Triterpenoids, Betulin

This product is 100% natural and minimally processed
Taste, smell, texture, and color may vary from batch to batch.

Directions to make Chaga Mushroom tea:

Suggested Use for Chaga tea: 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.

Other preparations:

Decoction: Use the ratio of 1 tablespoon of herb for every 10 ounces of water. Put all ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover & lower to a simmer for 20-30 minutes. Turn the heat off and allow the mixture to sit for another 10 minutes. Strain and serve (this method is specific for barks and roots).

Tincture: This method can take 15 to 30 days. You will need 3 items (mason jar with cover, the herb/herbs of your choice, liquid for extracting). The extracting liquid can be alcohol, alcohol/ water combo, vinegar or vegetable glycerin. Take the product and fill the jar ¾ full, add the liquid of your choice and close the jar. Then shake the jar so everything is well mixed. Give the jar a good 5 minute shake, several times a day. After 15 to 30 days strain and bottle in glass tincture jars.

Mixing suggestion: To increase flavor and nutritional profile combine with our organic extra rich cacao powder.

Miscellaneous Facts about our Organic Chaga Mushroom Powder

Certifications: USDA Certified Organic

Ingredients: Raw Chaga Mushroom

Parts Used: Whole, Chaga Mushroom

Botanical Name: Inonotus Obliquus

Other Names: Birch mushroom, Black Birch Touchwood, Cinder conk, Mushroom of Immortality, Clinker polypore, Crooked Schiller-porling

Origin: Wildcrafted and dried in USA. Packaged with care in Florida, USA

About Z Natural Foods and how we Preserve the Vital Nutrients

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 typically includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals and microbiological contaminants.

How to Maintain Optimum Freshness 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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