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How can I store Chaga?

How should Chaga be stored?

Chaga should be stored in a cool and dry place. Ideally in a place protected from light. This way it will keep for a particularly long time.

What is the shelf life of Chaga?

Chaga products should be well sealed after opening or used up quickly. Don't forget: the biggest enemy of food and food supplements is oxidation. And we don't want that.

Please always store Chaga in a cool and dry place!

Can Chaga change or spoil visually?

Make sure that your chaga stays dry. Never use a damp spoon or your fingers to remove it. If moisture gets into the packaging and it is resealed, mould can develop.

What is not compatible with chaga?

How does Chaga work in combination with medication?

Be aware of the blood-thinning effect of chaga if you are already taking blood-thinning medication. Always discuss possible dose changes with your doctor and do not decide on your own!

Is chaga compatible with kidney failure?

Chaga contains oxalic acid. We therefore recommend that you do not consume chaga products if you suffer from kidney stones or kidney weakness. In this case, consultation with your family doctor is necessary!

Is the Chaga mushroom edible?

The chaga granules should not be eaten. You can brew it several times with boiling water or pour hot water over it in a stamp press. We recommend throwing the brewed extract into the organic waste or compost. The dry extract, on the other hand, can be completely dissolved and can therefore be consumed in its entirety.

What is the purity of Chaga?

We have every batch randomly tested by Agrolab in Germany. So you can enjoy your Chaga tea without worrying about impurities or harmful substances.

What nutrients does chaga contain?

What nutrients does the Chaga mushroom contain?

  • Antioxidants, polysaccharides (beta-glucans), polyphenols, sterols (lanosterols/ergosterols), inotodiols, triterpenes, melanin, betulin, betulinic acid, lupeol
  • Trace elements (antimony, barium, bismuth, boron, chromium, copper, germanium, manganese, selenium, zinc)
  • Main elements (calcium, caesium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, rubidium, silicon, sulphur)
  • Vitamins (B2, D2)
  • Balanced ratio of dietary fibre
  • Amino acid complexes (7 of 8 essential amino acids, except isoleucine)

Does the Chaga mushroom contain sugar?

Chaga contains a small amount of Xylitol. Xylitol is similar in sweetness to sugar, with one major difference: it has only half as many calories. Xylitol (also known as birch sugar) is also said to be better for the teeth as it inhibits tooth decay. Xylitol prevents this metabolisation to acid from working. It therefore inhibits acid production. Xylitol is also said to ensure that the bacteria that cause tooth decay die off. Finally, birch sugar accelerates the mineralisation of tooth enamel.

It has also been found that xylitol forms complexes with calcium in the intestine and thus facilitates the absorption of calcium into the body, which could indicate that the sweet substance may also help to prevent Bone fragility (osteoporosis) could be helpful. Tests have shown an increase in bone density following the administration of xylitol.

Source: Mattila, P. T. / Svanberg, M. al.(2002): Improved bone biomechanical properties in xylitol-fed aged rats. In: Metabolism: clinical and experimental. Vol. 51. No. 1/January. S. 92-96

Here you can find more recognised studies on dental health:

Source: Mäkinen, Kauko K. (2010): Sugar Alcohols, Caries Incidence, and Remineralisation of Caries Lesions: A Literature Review. Finland: University of Turku. In: International Journals of Dentistry. 2010 edition, Hidawi Publishing Corporation Online.

Source: Gintner/Szöke/ Patthy et al.(2004): Effect of xylitol pastilles on dental plaque and Streptococcus mutans. In: Oral Prophylaxis & Paediatric Dentistry. Volume 26, (2004), pp. 93-95.

Source: Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to the sugar replacers xylitol, sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol, lactitol, isomalt, erythritol, D-tagatose, isomaltulose, sucralose and polydextrose and maintenance of tooth mineralisation by decreasing tooth demineralisation and reduction of post-prandial glycaemic responses pursuant to Article 13(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. In: EFSA Journal 2011;9(4):2076 [25 pp].

Source: K. Kauko ( 2003): The use of xylitol in caries prophylaxis. ed. by IHCF. Foundation for the Promotion of Health. Heidelberg : pdv Praxis-Dienste und Verl.

Source: Bruhn, Ulrich, Deutsches Ärzteblatt (2006): Basis of caries prophylaxis in children: Caries prevention with xylitol. (last

Source: Pharmazeutische Zeitung (2007): Sugar substitute against caries.

Further references on dental health

Further references on the topic of blood glucose levels

Can I have an allergic reaction to chaga?

Our Chaga is:

  • 100% certified organic from wild harvest
  • 100% purity guarantee
  • Tested by Agrolab DE and WoodKPlus at the TU Vienna
  • Vegan and produced without animal suffering
  • gluten free
  • lactose free
  • GMO-free
  • Pollutant-free
  • sugar free

To date, there have been no widespread reports of allergic reactions to chaga mushrooms. Chaga is often considered to be well tolerated and there are no known specific allergies commonly associated with the consumption of chaga. Nevertheless, it is important to emphasise that individual reactions to natural products can vary, and what is safe for the majority may have a different effect on some people.

People who are prone to allergic reactions to mushrooms or other specific ingredients should be particularly careful when consuming chaga for the first time and seek medical help immediately if there are signs of an allergic reaction. As with any new food or supplement, it is advisable to start small and observe the body's reaction. If you have concerns about a possible allergy, it is always a good idea to discuss this with a healthcare provider beforehand.

Where does our Chaga come from?

Where does our Chaga mushroom come from?

Our Chaga comes from laboratory-tested Finnish wild harvest. It needs about 15 years before it can be described as ripe. Chaga requires temperatures of up to - 50° degrees CelsiusThe Finnish chaga is the perfect protection against the icy cold, thanks to its outstanding composition of ingredients. For this reason, we have decided in favour of Finnish Chaga. It is recognised worldwide as a top-class supplier of nutrients. Higher ORAC values* are rarely achieved.

*The ORACValue of a plant-based food is a Parameter to indicate its antioxidant capacity, i.e. its capacity to render cell-damaging free radicals harmless. This measurement method was introduced in the USA in 2005 and stands for Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity.

Is Chaga radioactive?

Our Chaga Vital Mushroom products come from the pure, unspoilt areas of Finland, far away from any radioactive remnants. We guarantee the safety and purity of our products through careful testing carried out in co-operation with Agrolab. This practice of transparency and our commitment to quality are core components of our philosophy. We ensure that our customers can always be well informed and reassured when choosing our products. This is what I stand for with my name. We are proud to be able to offer you products that meet the highest safety standards.

Is Chaga chemically contaminated?

At The Art of Raw, we attach great importance to the purity and quality of our Chaga medicinal mushroom products. To ensure that our products are free from heavy metals, we regularly carry out rigorous tests. Each batch of products is analysed for heavy metals in collaboration with Agrolab to ensure that the limits are not exceeded.

These regular checks ensure that our Chaga products are safe and uncontaminated so that our customers can consume with confidence. Transparency and safety are of paramount importance to us, and we are proud to offer our customers products that not only provide health benefits but also meet the strictest safety standards. We stand with our name for the quality and purity of our Chaga, so you can enjoy the best of nature without worry.

Does Chaga contain toxins?

We would like to inform all our customers that we take the quality and safety of our Chaga products very seriously. In order to offer you the purest form of Chaga mushroom, we carry out regular and comprehensive tests to confirm that our products are free from toxins. These tests ensure that there are no harmful substances in our Chaga products.

Our commitment to transparency and safety means that you can rely on the purity and quality we offer. We are committed to ensuring that you are safe and satisfied with every purchase, and our name stands for the safety and high quality of our products. Enjoy the natural benefits of our Chaga, safe in the knowledge that you are getting the best for your money.

What effect does Chaga have?

Can chaga be toxic or poisonous?

Recent studies have shown that excessive consumption of Chaga products can lead to acute oxalate nephropathy. Therefore, people with kidney weakness should only take chaga after consulting their doctor.

It is also important to note that in the study mentioned, the patient took Chaga in powder form. This does not correspond to our preparation recommendations. Chaga should never be eaten raw in powder form!




Does Chaga contain caffeine or tea?

Chaga contains neither caffeine nor teein and can be used as a good substitute for coffee or tea. The energising effect is mainly due to antioxidants.

What effect does chaga have on health?

Chaga mushroom is often used in folk medicine and some preliminary scientific research suggests potential health benefits. However, it is important to emphasise that we are not authorised to provide information or medical advice. It is important to note that many of the potential health benefits of chaga still require further scientific research. Individuals interested in using chaga for health reasons should do so in consultation with a qualified healthcare provider to ensure safe and appropriate use.

Is Chaga harmful?

Chaga is generally considered safe for most people when consumed in moderate amounts. However, there are some caveats that should be noted. Firstly, chaga could have potential interactions with some medications, particularly those that affect the immune system, as chaga itself has immunomodulatory properties.

Secondly, people who suffer from autoimmune diseases may find that chaga affects the symptoms of their conditions. It is also important to be careful with the dosage, as excessive consumption can potentially lead to side effects such as kidney stones due to the oxalic acid it contains. However, this is assumed to be due to previous kidney weakness.

As with any dietary supplement or natural remedy, it is advisable to consult a health professional before taking chaga to ensure that it is safe and suitable for your individual health situation.

Is chaga harmful to the liver?

The question of whether chaga tea can cause liver damage requires nuanced consideration. Chaga is generally considered safe for most people when consumed in moderate amounts. However, there are some reports and caveats that should be considered when using chaga, especially with long-term or high doses.

It is important not to consume chaga over a long period of time or in very high doses without consulting a healthcare provider. People with existing liver disease or those taking medications that stress the liver should be particularly careful and only use chaga after consulting a doctor. In any case, it is advisable to carefully monitor the use of chaga and other supplements to minimise health risks.

Caution is advised when combining chaga with alcohol. As both chaga and alcohol can put a strain on the liver, using them together could increase the risk of liver problems.

Does Chaga affect the pineal gland?

Chaga contains many antioxidants, including melanin, which could protect the pineal gland from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can affect the function of the pineal gland, which is important for regulating the sleep-wake cycle. Through its anti-inflammatory properties, chaga could also help to reduce inflammation, which can affect the health of the pineal gland. It is speculated that chaga may support natural melatonin production, which could contribute to a more balanced sleep-wake cycle.

Can you decalcify the pineal gland with chaga?

It is thought that chaga could potentially decalcify the pineal gland as it is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. These properties could theoretically contribute to the reduction of calcium deposits that could impair the function of the pineal gland. However, further scientific research is needed to clearly confirm these potential effects.

Does chaga expand consciousness?

It is speculated that chaga may have positive effects on overall health through its rich antioxidants and bioactive compounds, which may indirectly enhance well-being and possibly consciousness. However, scientific evidence specifically demonstrating that chaga enhances consciousness is lacking. Such assumptions are often based on traditional applications and personal experience reports. The proof of the pudding is in the eating 😉

Does chaga have an anti-ageing effect?

Chaga is rich in antioxidants, which are generally known to neutralise free radicals and thereby reduce cell damage. In theory, this could help to reduce signs of ageing and support overall skin health. However, there is currently insufficient scientific evidence to specifically prove that chaga has a direct anti-ageing effect. It's best to do a little research yourself. Tip: Superoxide dismutase! 🙂

What does real Chaga look like?

How do I recognise a genuine Chaga tree fungus?

Recognising real chaga can be difficult at first glance, especially if you're not familiar with its unusual appearance. Here are some tips on how to recognise real Chaga:

  1. Place of growthChaga grows mainly on birch trees and prefers colder climates. It is rarely found on other tree species.
  2. External appearanceThe chaga mushroom has a hard, crusty exterior that looks almost like burnt wood. The surface is black and very irregular, almost like a piece of charred bark.
  3. Inner colourWhen you break open a piece of chaga, the inside should have a rusty brown to orange colour. It is softer than the outer layer and often has a layered structure.
  4. Shape and sizeChaga usually forms tuber-like growths that grow out of the trunk of birch trees. These can become quite large, sometimes even as big as a football.
  5. No visible fungal spore networkIn contrast to many other mushrooms, Chaga has no visible network of fungal threads (mycelium) that emanates from the growth form.
  6. SteadfastnessChaga is firmly attached to the tree and cannot be easily removed. A loose or easily removable "mushroom" is probably not real Chaga.

It is also advisable to take care when collecting chaga, as overharvesting can damage the tree and the ecosystem. If you're not sure, just leave the search to the professionals. Especially if you can prove that you are getting real Chaga for your money 😉.

Why does Chaga have a black crust on the outside?

The black crust that characterises Chaga mushrooms is actually an adaptation to its environment and plays an important role in its life cycle. This hard, charred outer layer is scientifically known as "sclerotium" and has several functions:

  1. Protection from environmental influencesThe black crust protects the inner, nutrient-rich part of the chaga from extreme weather conditions such as severe cold and UV radiation. In the cold habitats where Chaga is typically found, this layer helps to protect the mushroom from freezing and retain moisture.
  2. Barrier against intrudersThe hard outer layer also serves as a physical barrier against insects and other micro-organisms that could infect the nutrient-rich inner part.
  3. Antioxidant propertiesThe black colour of the crust is partly due to the presence of melanin, a pigment also found in human skin. Melanin is known for its antioxidant properties, which help to minimise cell damage caused by free radicals. These antioxidant properties are also one reason why chaga is valued in traditional medicine.

In summary, the black crust of the chaga mushroom provides both protection and structural support, helping it to survive in the often harsh environments in which it grows.

What applications does the Chaga mushroom offer?

Does Chaga alleviate stomach and intestinal disorders?

Many studies have looked at the potential effects of chaga on stomach and intestinal health. Of particular interest are studies on conditions such as reflux, leaky gut syndrome, gastritis, ulcerative colitis and atopic dermatitis. These studies suggest that chaga may have anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties that could be helpful in supporting gastrointestinal health and alleviating symptoms of these conditions. However, it is important to note that many of these studies are preliminary and require further research, particularly direct human clinical trials, to confirm these effects and understand how chaga can be used safely and effectively.

In the European Union, health claims on foods and food supplements are strictly regulated. The EU Health Claims Regulation does not allow manufacturers to make health claims that have not been confirmed by clinical studies in humans. Therefore, no health claims can be made about chaga without being backed up by solid scientific evidence that meets the EU's strict requirements.

Does chaga help with flu-like infections?

Chaga is commonly used in traditional medicine to support the immune system, and some preliminary scientific studies suggest that it may have immunomodulatory properties. This means that chaga could potentially boost the immune system and help to increase resistance to infections such as flu.

However, it is important to emphasise that the scientific evidence for the direct effectiveness of Chaga in treating or preventing flu-like infections is limited. Most studies have been conducted in vitro or on animals, and there are not yet sufficient human clinical trials to confirm that Chaga can specifically prevent or treat flu-like infections.

Anyone considering using chaga to support flu-like infections should consider it as part of a holistic approach to health promotion. It is always advisable to discuss the use of chaga or other natural remedies with a qualified professional to ensure it is safe and appropriate for your specific health needs.

Can chaga be used for detoxification?

Chaga is traditionally used in detoxification and contains many bioactive compounds that are generally considered beneficial to health. Some of these compounds, such as antioxidants, could theoretically contribute to supporting the body's natural detoxification processes. However, it is important to emphasise that scientific evidence confirming specific detoxifying effects of Chaga is currently limited. Therefore, such claims should be viewed with caution and Chaga should not be used as the sole method of detoxification 🙂

Can I detox with Chaga?

Chaga contains numerous bioactive compounds, including antioxidants, which are generally considered to be beneficial to health and could theoretically support the body's natural detoxification processes. However, there is currently insufficient scientific evidence to confirm Chaga as an effective agent for detox programmes. It is recommended to consider chaga as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle and to consult an expert for specific health goals such as detox.

Does chaga increase potency?

Scientific research mainly focuses on these possible health benefits of chaga, but there are no clinical studies that prove and indicate that chaga promotes potency. According to the EU's strict regulations on nutrition and health claims, no health claims linking chaga to an improvement in potency are authorised.

What is a Chaga mushroom?

What is the Chaga mushroom?

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) is a mushroom that grows mainly on the trunks of birch trees in cold climates such as Northern Europe, Russia, Korea and parts of North America. It is known for its unusual, hard, charred exterior, which is black and cracked, while the inside of the mushroom is a rusty brown colour. Chaga is traditionally used as a tea and is known in the folk medicine of various cultures for its potential health benefits. The ingredients include antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Scientific studies, particularly in vitro and animal-based research, have investigated various health-promoting properties of chaga, including immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects.

Who discovered Chaga?

Chaga mushroom tea has a long and rich history that is deeply rooted in the traditional medicine of various cultures. Its use is particularly widespread in the northern regions of Eastern Europe, Russia and Scandinavia as well as in parts of North America, especially among the indigenous peoples of Siberia, Russia and North America.

Origins in Russia and SiberiaChaga has been used in these regions for centuries. The locals believed that chaga had healing powers and used it to support the immune system and promote general health. In traditional Russian medicine, chaga was used as a remedy for a variety of ailments, from gastrointestinal complaints to cardiovascular disease. It is said that even the famous Russian shaman and healer Grigori Rasputin recommended chaga.

Used by the indigenous peoples of North AmericaThe indigenous peoples of North America, including the First Nations in Canada, also used chaga for its supposed medicinal properties. They brewed tea from it, which was traditionally drunk to support physical endurance and to cope with the harsh climatic conditions of the north.

Scandinavian traditionsIn Finland and other Scandinavian countries, chaga was also valued and used to make a tea that was particularly popular during the cold winter months. This tea was often regarded as a healthy drink that could help prevent illness and maintain vitality.

Modern rediscoveryChaga gained new attention in the 20th century due to scientific research investigating its potential antioxidant and immune-supporting properties. Today, Chaga is valued worldwide as a dietary supplement and is available in the form of tea, tinctures and powders.

Chaga mushroom tea is therefore more than just a drink; it is a piece of traditional healing knowledge that has survived generations and is still valued today for its health-promoting properties. Despite its historical use, it is important to consider scientific research and modern medical advice when using chaga for health purposes.

Which diseases can be treated with Chaga?

How can I prevent or cure diseases with Chaga?

Chaga, a mushroom known for its traditional use in folk medicine, is often associated with various health-promoting properties. Scientific studies, particularly those conducted in vitro (in a petri dish) or on animals, have revealed some interesting potential health benefits of this mushroom, including its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

However, it is important to emphasise that direct clinical studies on humans that could confirm these effects are still pending. Without such studies, it is not possible to make concrete statements about how Chaga can help prevent or cure disease. Therefore, any consideration of using Chaga to support health should be made in the knowledge that many of its traditional uses are not yet fully scientifically validated.

Interested individuals are advised to discuss the use of chaga with a qualified healthcare provider to ensure that it is safe and appropriate. This is especially important for people who are already taking medication or have certain health conditions, as chaga may interact with other substances.

Does chaga help with herpes?

Some studies have shown that Chaga may have antiviral activity against certain viruses. However, there are insufficient clinical studies to prove that Chaga is specifically effective in the treatment of herpes infections (HSV-1 or HSV-2).


This study investigated the effect of Chaga mushroom extracts against the herpes simplex virus in infected Vero cells:

Chaga water solution prevents the herpes simplex virus from entering cells.


Does chaga help with hepatitis?

Some studies have analysed this topic. According to these studies, chaga could theoretically also be helpful for liver diseases such as hepatitis. However, so far there is only limited scientific evidence and no comprehensive clinical studies confirming the effectiveness of chaga in the treatment of hepatitis.

One study emphasised the hepatoprotective effects of chaga, which means that it can protect liver cells from damage.


Does chaga help with HIV?

Some studies have shown that Chaga extracts can inhibit the replication of HIV-1 in vitro. For example, a study in the journal "Pharmaceutical Biology" found that Chaga extract has a significant inhibitory effect on HIV-1 replication, suggesting that the mushroom could act as a natural anti-HIV agent.

A study in "BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine" found that supplementation with Chaga significantly increased CD4+ T cell counts in HIV-positive patients, which is important for immune function.

Although these initial results appear promising, further research is needed to confirm the safety and efficacy of Chaga as a complementary therapy for HIV. People with HIV should consult their doctor before taking Chaga to avoid possible interactions with existing treatments.

Does chaga help with cancer?

In animal and cell culture studies, Chaga extract has shown the ability to inhibit the growth of tumours and selectively kill cancer cells. For example, one study demonstrated a 60% reduction in tumour size in mice with lung cancer. Further studies have shown that Chaga extract can inhibit the growth of intestinal, breast and liver cancer cells.

However, it is important to note that these results are mainly from preclinical studies and further clinical research is needed to confirm the efficacy and safety of Chaga in cancer patients. Therefore, Chaga should not be considered a substitute for conventional cancer therapies at this time, but possibly as a complementary treatment in consultation with a physician.


How can I take Chaga?

How is Chaga tea prepared correctly?

Preparing chaga tea is a simple process that allows you to enjoy the potential benefits of this mushroom. Here are the basic steps for preparing chaga tea:

  1. Heat waterBring water to the boil in a saucepan. The general recommendation is to use about one litre of water for about 10 grams of Chaga Gramulat.
  2. Add ChagaAdd the chopped chaga to the boiling water. Reduce the heat slightly and leave the chaga to simmer for around 30 minutes to an hour. The longer you let the tea simmer, the more intense the flavour and colour will be. Our scientific work at the Vienna University of Technology (Wood K Plus) has shown that the ORAC value (oxidative reaction capacity) is around 40 million after one hour of simmering. This is a very high value in comparison!
  3. Strain the teaAfter simmering, pour the tea through a fine sieve or coffee filter to remove all solids.
  4. ServeThe finished Chaga tea can be served hot. It has a dark, reddish-brown colour and a mild earthy taste. If desired, you can add honey, lemon juice or other natural sweeteners to enhance the flavour.
  5. StorageYou can store the leftover Chaga tea in the fridge and consume it within a few days. It can also be used as a base for other drinks or even soups.

Chaga tea is known for its nutty, slightly earthy flavour and can have a calming and warming effect, especially in the cooler months.

What does a Chaga mushroom taste like?

Chaga mushroom has quite a distinctive flavour, often described as mildly earthy, slightly bitter and somewhat nutty. As it does not have a strong flavour itself, the taste of chaga tea or extract is often similar to that of the water it has been boiled in, enriched with a slight vanilla-like undertone from the compounds found in the bark of the birch tree. The tea usually has a dark, reddish-brown colour and a gentle aroma that many find soothing and pleasant. Some people add honey or other sweeteners to soften the slight bitterness and make the flavour more pleasant.

How do I dose my Chaga tea?

The dosage of Chaga mushroom tea can vary depending on the desired benefits and individual tolerance. Here are some general guidelines on the dosage of Chaga tea:

  1. Amount of ChagaA common recommendation is to use around 5 to 10 grams of dried chaga mushroom per litre of water. For a single cup of tea (about 250 ml), this would be about 1.25 to 2.5 grams of chaga.
  2. Water quantity: One litre of water would be used to prepare one litre of Chaga tea. The quantity can be adjusted accordingly if more or less tea is required.
  3. Brewing timeChaga tea should simmer for at least 30 minutes after boiling, but ideally between one and two hours. Longer simmering can help to extract more of the bioactive ingredients from the chaga, but can also lead to a stronger, possibly more bitter flavour.
  4. Frequency of useChaga tea can be enjoyed daily. Some people drink one to two cups a day. It is advisable to start with a smaller amount and observe how the body reacts before increasing the amount.
  5. Customisation as requiredAs with many natural products, it may be necessary to adjust the dosage based on personal experience and the body's response. Some people may need less to feel the desired effects, while others may need more.

It is important to note that Chaga is a potent natural product and as with all supplements or health-related foods, its use should be discussed with a healthcare provider, especially if you are already taking medication or have specific health conditions. Gradual introduction and observation of body reactions is a good approach to ensure that Chaga tea is well tolerated.

What Chaga products are available?

What is a Chaga dry extract?

A Chaga dry extract is a concentrated form of the Chaga mushroom that is obtained by removing the water from the mushroom material. This is usually done by processes such as freeze-drying or spray-drying. The process concentrates the bioactive components of chaga, including antioxidants, polysaccharides and other phytochemicals that are responsible for the mushroom's potential health benefits.

Production of Chaga dry extract:

  1. Extraction: Firstly, the chaga mushroom is collected and chopped into smaller pieces. These pieces are then soaked in water to extract the soluble components of the mushroom.
  2. Concentration: The extract solution is then concentrated by evaporating the water. This can be done by heating or under vacuum to protect the sensitive ingredients from heat.
  3. Drying: After concentration, the solution is dried, with methods such as freeze-drying being favoured in order to preserve the quality and activity of the bioactive compounds.

Benefits of Chaga dry extract:

  • Potency: Dry extracts offer a higher concentration of active ingredients compared to raw or only dried forms, making them potentially more effective.
  • Durability: Dry extracts have a longer shelf life and are more stable than fresh or dried mushrooms.
  • Versatility: They can easily be added to various products such as capsules, powders or teas.
  • Simple dosing: As they are more concentrated, it is easier to administer exact dosages.

Dry extracts are commonly used in the manufacture of dietary supplements as they provide an efficient and effective method of delivering the health-promoting properties of Chaga in a convenient form. As with all dietary supplements, the use of Chaga extracts should be discussed with a health professional to ensure safe and appropriate use.

What are liquid Chaga extracts?

Liquid chaga extracts are a form of chaga mushroom made by extracting its bioactive components in a liquid, usually water or sometimes alcohol. These extracts retain many of the health-promoting properties of chaga in an easy-to-use liquid form.

Production process of liquid Chaga extracts:

  1. Extraction: The chaga is first collected, cleaned and crushed into smaller pieces or powder. These crushed pieces are then soaked in a solvent to extract the valuable compounds. This can be done using hot water, ethanol or a combination of both, depending on which compounds are to be extracted.
  2. Filtration: After extraction, the solution is filtered to remove solid components and obtain a clear extract.
  3. Concentration: The liquid extract can be further concentrated to increase the density of the active ingredients, or it can be used in this diluted form.

Advantages of liquid Chaga extracts:

  • Fast absorption: The liquid form enables faster and more effective absorption of the active ingredients in the body compared to solid forms.
  • User friendliness: Liquid extracts are easy to dose and can be taken directly or added to drinks such as tea or smoothies.
  • Versatility: They offer flexible application options as they can be used both internally and externally.
  • Flavour: They are often more neutral in flavour or more pleasant than direct Chaga teas and can be more easily integrated into the daily routine.

Liquid chaga extracts are particularly popular with people looking for the health benefits of chaga without the hassle of preparing tea. As with all chaga products, it is advisable to discuss its use with a health professional, especially if you are already taking medication or have health concerns.

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