Info: 120 Veg. Capsules
Chaga is a dark woody fungus that grows on birch trees in colder climates of China, Russia, and Canada. It contains approximately 50 times higher levels of antioxidants than blueberries, as well as phenols, sterols, like betulinic acid, and melanin which protects us from the sun. It has traditionally been used in Asia as a fortifying and strengthening tonic, being useful to enhance longevity, and is well studied in Russia as an adaptogen. There is now research which indicates that chaga has anti-cancer activity (1-4), potentially protect against Parkinson's (5), and reduces allergy inducing changes to the immune system (6). Chaga is rich in B vitamins, which play an important role in cell metabolism, and in zinc and beta-glucans, which can enhance immune system function (6).
Ingredients:Each capsule contains:
400 mg Chaga (Inonotus obliquus, mushroom fruiting body).
Organic, full spectrum mushroom, cultivated in the lab using only organic plant materials for the fuel source, and micronized for superior absorption and assimilation. (Micronization can improve absorption and potency by 5 to 10 times.)
Suggested Usage:Adults: Take 1 capsule 4 times daily, or as recommended by your healthcare professional. Store in a cool, dry place, away from children.
Warnings:Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you have a medical condition or if you are taking prescription medications, especially anticoagulant medications; or if you have diabetes; or if you have an autoimmune condition or are taking immunosuppressants. Discontinue use and consult a healthcare professional if adverse reactions occur. Health Canada Natural Product Number: 80040539.
1. Fulda S. "Betulinic Acid for cancer treatment and prevention." Int J Mol Sci. 2008 Jun;9(6):1096-1107. doi: 10.3390/ijms9061096.
2. Ning X. et al. "Inhibitory effects of a polysaccharide extract from the Chaga medicinal mushroom, Inonotus obliquus (higher Basidiomycetes), on the proliferation of human neurogliocytoma cells." Int J Med Mushrooms. 2014;16(1):29-36.
3. Arata S. et al. "Continuous intake of the Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) aqueous extract suppresses cancer progression and maintains body temperature in mice." Heliyon. 2016 May 12;2(5):e00111. PMID: 27441282
4. Kang J.H. et al. "Ergosterol peroxide from Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) exhibits anti-cancer activity by down-regulation of the [Beta]-catenin pathway in colorectal cancer." J Ethnopharmacol. 2015 Sep 15;173:303-12. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2015.07.030.
5. Gunjima K. et al. "3,4-dihydroxybenzalacetone protects against Parkinson's disease-related neurotoxin 6-OHDA through Akt/Nrf2/glutathione pathway." J Cell Biochem. 2014 Jan;115(1):151-60. doi: 10.1002/jcb.24643.
6. Ko SK, Jin M, Pyo MY. "Inonotus obliquus extracts suppress antigen-specific IgE production through the modulation of Th1/Th2 cytokines in ovalbumin-sensitized mice." J Ethnopharmacol. 2011 Oct 11;137(3):1077-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2011.07.024.