SAYAN – A STORY BUILT ON A CENTURIES-OLD TRADITION
David Vartanian holds a warm spot in his heart for the Sayan Mountains in Siberia, the wellspring of chaga health. A medical doctor and world traveler always in search of natural health supplements, David stumbled across the Siberian Chaga Mushroom when he contacted a Russian clinic while researching adaptogens. Thrilled with this pure and potent discovery, David founded Sayan Health in 2007 with the goal of bringing the invaluable health properties of chaga products back to the USA. Soon after learning about chaga health, David and his team of chaga mushroom suppliers developed the first chaga beverage in the world. In 2008, he and his company took the beverage to an International Expo Show, where Whole Foods chain picked up the product and began selling it in California, Nevada, and Arizona. Before they knew it, more chains had picked up their break-through health drink, and Sayan’s retail presence grew from 30 to more than 100 stores in less than a year. Today, Sayan Health has broadened their line to include teas, powders, extracts, dietary supplement capsules, soaps and creams. While based in California, more than 5,000 health-conscious customers demand our product from all over the world, spanning 50 countries and growing. Found instantly online when you need it most, chaga is your connection to a healthier you.
Sayan offers you pure, potent, and powerful products that help you achieve wellness and a healthy lifestyle. We strive to supply beneficial, all-natural, and minimally processed supplements in ways that are easy to use, and actually taste good! We believe that traditional medicine has identified many useful plants, but we also believe in using hard science to validate the evidence of tradition, so we have done years of research to confirm the value of the natural supplements we provide. Our mission is to provide you with products and information that will benefit your life. We view ourselves as partners with our customers, our employees, our community, and our environment. Our goal is to provide great products, excellent customer service, and always maintain our sense of humor!
WHY CHOOSE SAYAN CHAGA HEALTH PRODUCTS?
When you choose Sayan as your chaga health connection, you’re working with suppliers who truly care. Because we believe in giving back to the earth, all of our 100% pure ingredients are sustainably harvested and we never add fillers, GMO substances, or chemicals. We also work closely with a nonprofit organization to donate a portion of our profits to their needs. Get the best-quality products and information to infinitely benefit your life with the Sayan Health advantage:
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POWER OF MEDICINAL MUSHROOM
Most know mushrooms as a meal accompaniment, a flavor enhancer, or a source of protein for vegetarians. What about the other side of the scale. The medicinal mushroom. Spoken of at great length are the health benefits from these ancient healers. Holding a secret life, mushrooms such as Reishi, Cordyceps and Chaga create discussion concerning their benefits of various medicinal mushrooms. From energy boosting properties to immune supporting essentials, we can give them the praise deserved.
History brings us a variety of life changing experiences. For our health, the progress of supplementary assistance is clearly recognizable. As a result, today’s medicine now has a partner in complementary products. Chaga is one of them.
OUR PAST AND PRESENT
Traditions tell us a lot. They tell us stories of hardship and discovery, and instil a respect we never knew we had. Chaga’s history is based on all the above. Stories of health benefits that were not newsworthy, but simply the ways of the people. There were no accolades, just the willingness to discover true methods for well being.
Western interest begins quite innocently, with supporters of chaga enabling its voice. Subsequently, it is through continued highlighting, and human interest that we able to provide the best in supplementary health information. The next steps are to recognize these mushrooms require sustainability. Something so ancient should never end up being past tense.
Imagine what we will continue to learn from chaga. Is it possible we have only just scratched the surface on and its properties for ongoing health? Clearly, the future seems bright. So where does chaga trace its origins?
FROM ANCIENT SIBERIAN FOLKLORE TO WORLDWIDE REPUTATION
Dubbed by many the “King of Medicinal Mushrooms,” chaga has been around for centuries. Ancient folk healers and medical practitioners have relied on chaga mushrooms to support a healthy life-energy balance, support immune function, and promote longevity.
People living in the Siberian Mountains region ingested chaga mushroom in powder form, smoked it, and rubbed it on their skin. They also brewed chaga to make tea. Once word spread about chaga’s medicinal properties, the unknown mushroom’s popularity exploded around the world. Even the name “chaga” is ancient. The mushroom’s present name probably originated from the old Slavonic word “gaga,” which means “lip”. Today, the word “chaga” is synonymous with good health, a robust immune system, and longevity.
ANCIENT HISTORY OF THE CHAGA MUSHROOM
It’s hard to tell exactly when people first realized the medicinal powers of this dietary supplement, but most experts agree that chaga has been around for a very long time. The use of medicinal mushrooms could date back to ancient times.
Researchers are looking into whether 5,300-year-old Otzi the Iceman, the oldest intact member of the human family, carried chaga in his leather pouch. If so, this could make the chaga mushroom one of the oldest dietary supplements known to humankind.
Other researchers point to the first mention of chaga in a book that was written several centuries later. Printed in about 100 B.C., Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing is the first body of collected knowledge about herbs as they pertain to traditional medicine. Some interpretations of the book include the mention of chaga, suggesting it earned its nicknames of “Gift from God” and “King of Herbs” even in those earliest days of herbal medicine.
Russians then enjoyed a long tradition of using chaga mushroom before the rest of the world discovered its therapeutic properties. The Khanty people, who have lived along the Ob River in Western Siberia since at least the 11th century, drank chaga tea to improve digestion and detoxification, used it as a soap to cleanse skin sores, and smoked chaga mushroom to support lung health.
Some manuscripts mention that in the 12th century, physicians gave chaga to Tsar Vladimir Monamah to help with the Russian ruler’s health. In the mountain region of Siberia, people drank chaga as an everyday beverage, just as modern people drink coffee or lattes.
The health benefits of traditional Siberian tea could not be kept secret for long. Use of chaga mushroom tea began to spread across Siberia and to the rest of Russia, then to the Ural Mountains, into the Baltic regions of Eastern Europe, and beyond. Ainu, the indigenous people that live on Hokkaido in Northern Japan, consumed chaga to improve their health.
Many consumed the tea to promote calming of upset stomach or to detoxify the body. Others, especially hunters and foresters, drank chaga mushroom tea because of its capacity to regulate hunger, promote clarity of thinking, and stimulate increased work capacity.
Early users also embraced chaga for its ability to stimulate the body’s general endurance. Others heralded the use of Siberian Chaga to support the immune system and maintain the health of body tissues.
The Russian Medical Academy of Science approved the use of chaga to support a healthy immune system in 1955. The Western world first became aware of Siberian chaga after reading Russian novelist Alexandr Solzenitsyn’s 1968 Nobel Prize winning novel, The Rakovii Korpus. In that book, the author discusses the benefits of drinking tea made from this birch tree mushroom.
MODERN HISTORY OF THE CHAGA MUSHROOM
Interestingly, in Russia, only the villagers know about chaga and the majority of the population have either never heard of chaga or have heard about it, but don’t know what it’s for and how to eat this mushroom.
Modern medical science often disregards evidence of traditional folk medicine if it is not backed by research with scientific measurements and controls. In the past 25 years, scientific investigation of chaga has validated many of the traditional beliefs about its health-enhancing properties.
Scientists are still researching chaga and discovering new therapeutic potential for the medicinal mushroom. Even after more than four decades of research and the publication of hundreds of scientific studies, researchers are only just beginning to understand the full scope of the life- and health-enhancing properties of the chaga mushroom. Currently in Asia, chaga usage is widespread.
More and more people from countries like China, Korea, and Japan are learning about chaga mushroom and want to add it to their diet. People take it to support immunity and promote skin elasticity. Research by Japanese scientists has shown that topical application of chaga can help promote skin health and vitality, and in modern-day Japan, it is often included in skin creams for wrinkles. Chaga has been praised for its strong positive impact on overall health, immunity, and metabolism.
Knowledge about chaga mushroom has already started to spread in the U.S. Since we started our company in 2007, we’ve noticed a big spike in interest in the last couple of years, as more and more people discover the health benefits of this unique mushroom and continue to add chaga to their daily diet.
Great History, But Can it Actually Help Me?
Thrown around in general media, the word Superfood is an attractive one, but none it appears, offers as many elements as chaga. Today, well being is paramount. It is our health that we all want to be at its best. Without feelings of well being, emotionally and physical, other aspects of life may fall away.
So, can chaga actually help? Take a page from history and research this “King of Herbs”. You will find varied benefits for many individuals and lifestyle. Valued as a health tonic and a provider of multipurpose health giving, chaga delivers us a complete package. Useful for intestinal upset and stomach cramps, chaga’s fervent elements are suited to improve wellness and overall well being.
Furthermore, chaga had become the prominent help for stimulation of the immune system and general health improvement. With well being its primary goal, users of chaga additionally spoke of a possible ability to address other modern day health concerns.
No longer is there a need to be an athlete, or a devout fitness devotee to gain benefit from simply introducing chaga. Lacking dietary needs can affect all lifestyles.
If you have questions about the history of chaga or its health benefits, call or e-mail us, and we’d be glad to help.