The chaga mushroom grows on birch trees primarily in Russia and Eastern Europe, where it has been used as a natural health solution for hundreds of years. It is a natural source of antioxidants. Chaga is unique among medicinal mushrooms: Like all medicinal mushrooms, Chaga contains the beta glycan rich polysaccharides that give medicinal mushroom extracts their potent immune supporting properties. However, Chaga also contains other active compounds, primarily betulinic acid and polyphenols, which can give Chaga extracts powerful anti-oxidant properties. Chaga has a high ORAC score (measurement of antioxidant properties), similar to that of blueberry extracts. Chaga is a mushroom that must be wild-crafted (picked in the wild and not cultivated.) Only those mushrooms harvested from living birch trees will contain all the active compounds Chaga is famous for. The mushroom fruit body absorbs betulin from the birch bark, converting it to betulinc acid. *
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