FREEZE-DRIED CHAGA EXTRACT POWDER
chaga extract powder.
Our chaga extract is made from 100% wild chaga mushrooms grown in Siberia. This chaga extract powder is a highly concentrated source of antioxidants produced by a technological process called water extraction. Why do we need to apply this process to Chaga? Because we want to maximise the benefits of the Chaga mushroom and use it as a bio-active food supplement. The water extraction process allows us to activate the health-promoting chaga compounds that are stored in a passive state.
Unlike raw chaga, chaga extract contains these biological substances in an activated form, i.e. digestible for our bodies. Raw chaga cannot be digested by humans, and the health-promoting compounds would leave our bodies without a trace. And 'activation' can only be achieved through a process of extraction, either with alcohol or with hot water. When you brew tea, you are doing something similar to a mini-extraction. In addition, the extraction process allows us to remove useless substances and at the same time concentrate the maximum of health-promoting biological compounds. To make 1kg of freeze-dried chaga extract, we use about 8-10kg of raw chaga.
Most important Chaga characteristic: chromogenic complex and melatonin*.
The Chaga mushroom contains many health-promoting compounds that can be dissolved in alcohol or water. Russian scientists have done a lot of research and have come to the conclusion that chaga extract, produced by the method of water extraction, provides the most bio-available form of medicinal substances.
In Russian medicine, the quality of chaga extract is assessed by the amount of chromogenic complex (humic acids, melatonin) it contains. This chromogenic complex ensures the availability of the huge amount of antioxidants for which chaga is known. All the other substances of the chaga - betaglucans, polyphenols, flavonoids, polysaccharides, trace elements - are considered to be the ones of secondary importance. The reason for this is that all these elements can be found in other mushrooms and cultivated plants.
However, the chromogenic complex - melatonin - is unique and can only be found in a wild chaga mushroom. This is why chaga extract produced in China, for example, doesn't contain the chromogenic complex (melatonin). Manufacturers who use cultivated chaga mushrooms don't mention this important chaga characteristic in their test results (certificate of analysis) because cultivated chaga mushrooms simply don't contain chromogenic complex. Although melatonin can be found in various plants and products, the melatonin found in wild chaga is unique. It is almost identical to the human one. This is what makes wild chaga so special.
Chaga extract and antioxidants*
If you are not sure what an antioxidant is, visit this page. Antioxidants remove free radicals and support healthy cells. So antioxidants are essential for our health.
Scientists have developed something called the ORAC scale, which is a standard recommended by the USDA to measure antioxidant capacity. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity, or the ability of a substance to scavenge free radicals. Obviously, the higher the ORAC score, the more free radicals that particular substance can destroy. In order to better understand our Chaga extract, we asked Brunsweek Lab, USA to conduct a sophisticated test called ORAC 5.0. It extends the ORAC platform to measure a product's antioxidant capacity against five primary reactive oxygen species (commonly referred to as radicals): peroxyl, hydroxyl, peroxynitrite, superoxide anion and singlet oxygen. It is more informative than the simple Hydrophilic ORAC test. This test has revealed the full spectrum of antioxidant capacity of our Chaga extract with impressive results! Our Chaga extract has a total ORAC value of 39,979 uMole/g. The copy of this ORAC report can only be provided to our customers.
undamaged chaga mushroom DNA.
Modern technology and advanced equipment allow us to obtain "organic" Chaga extract without damaging the Chaga DNA molecule. The gentle method of low-temperature water extraction (at 60 degrees Celsius) followed by freeze-drying ensures a high concentration of biologically active substances:
Due to the natural nature of the raw material, the average active ingredient content of chaga extract may vary within approximately 2% from batch to batch.
- Chromogenic complex (melatonin): more than 54%!
- Polysacharrides content: 50,32%.
- Beta-Glucans: more than 33%
CHAGA RADIATION CONTROL
We carry out regular radiation checks and heavy metal testing, either at the state laboratory in Irkutsk or at our own laboratory.
ONLY REAL CHAGA EXTRACT is able to produce positive results..
Chaga extract can only be considered 'health-promoting' if it has been made from wild chaga mushrooms collected from a wild birch tree. Today, in many countries, chaga is cultivated artificially using the fermentation process.
Fermentation is the artificial cultivation of mycelial biomass from the mushroom stalk. Extract made from such 'chaga' is almost useless, whatever they claim. And it certainly doesn't have any of the effects that real chaga is supposed to have. Why not? Because only wild grown chaga contains the chromogenic complex.
Spray-dried (SD) chaga extract and Freeze-dried (FD) chaga extract.
Spray - Dried Chaga extract is a light brown, "dusty" powder that does not dissolve well in water without good stirring. Basically, such an extract has a lower content of melanin/chromogenic complexes due to its thermal drying process. However, the main disadvantage of spray-dried chaga extract is that its molecules undergo structural changes due to exposure to high temperature air. In other words, if you take one molecule of raw chaga and one molecule of SD chaga extract, it will have a different structure. At the same time, in a freeze-dried chaga extract, both the raw chaga and the FD chaga extract molecules will have the same structure. This is a very precise and sophisticated chemistry that cannot be verified with the naked eye.
Sublimed (FD) Chaga extract looks like a fine, dark brown, almost black powder with solid, shiny black crystals. It is readily soluble in water and has a pleasant taste. FD chaga extract has 50 to 52% chromogenic complex content! We can also produce 64%, but such an extract would be much more expensive. FD Chaga Extract has a pleasant taste (similar to instant coffee) and is odourless; it is instantly water soluble and can be easily mixed and blended with other beverages such as coffee, milk or used in smoothies and cocktails.
Our natural, unadulterated chaga extract has no additives, is GMO free and is made from 100% wild grown Siberian chaga.