Chaga Extract Powder for Optimal Health Benefits
Prized in Russian and Chinese folk medicine for thousands of years as a “Gift from God,” chaga is a medicinal mushroom that offers numerous health benefits. Though relatively unknown and overlooked in the Western world for centuries, this little mushroom has in recent years emerged as a powerful immune booster and health supplement.*
Enjoy pure, wild-harvested chaga extract powder in smoothies or brew as a tea for a daily energy boost. It has a pleasing taste, is easy to prepare, and can support your health in many different ways.*
Major Benefits of Chaga Extract Powder
- Boosts energy and sharpens mental clarity*
- Supports the immune system*
- Reduces stress*
- Detoxifies the body and supports healthy digestion*
- Enhances the quality of skin and hair*
- Supports respiratory tract health*
- Supports healthy blood sugar levels*
What’s Inside Chaga Extract Powder
Health Benefits of Chaga Mushroom Powder
Sayan Health chaga mushroom extract powder is developed using only the highest-quality, wild-harvested chaga mushroom from the Sayan Mountain range of Siberia. A leading natural adaptogen, chaga has a high ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) that exceeds that of known superfoods acai berries, blueberries, and pomegranates. The higher the ORAC level, the better the body is able to fight oxidative stress caused by free oxygen radicals.*
Chaga constituents also include polysaccharides, beta-glucans, and polyphenols, all of which contribute to chaga’s many health benefits.*
A Celebrated Medicinal Mushroom throughout the Ages
Chaga’s purifying properties were first documented in Chinese traditional medicine thousands of years ago, and it has been celebrated in Siberian folklore medicine for centuries. The preferred route of consumption has been a soothing, woodsy tea made by steeping the raw mushroom in hot water. People still drink it daily in Siberia to improve their health and longevity.
Although ignored in the Western world for hundreds of years, today chaga is re-emerging as a scientifically backed adaptogen. Adaptogens are natural substances that can help the body adapt to stress and help normalize bodily processes. Many are realizing chaga’s numerous health benefits, and are finding that using it daily is a great way to increase energy without caffeine, fight the detrimental effects of stress on the body, and boost overall well-being.*
The Science Behind Potency and Quality
Not all chaga extract powder is created equal – there’s a science behind producing the purest and most potent extracts. An independent lab, Brunswick Laboratories, determined that our chaga extract has an ORAC value of 153,200 micromoles of Trolox Equivalents per 100 grams (molTE per 100 g). Compare this to acai extract at 102,700 molTE per 100 g, blueberries at 9,621, and pomegranates at 4,479. As the creator of the first chaga beverage in 2007, we are actively and constantly researching the benefits of chaga using different methods.
Our chaga extract is very potent. The extraction rate is 16%, which means for every 1 kg of raw chaga, we produce 160 grams of extract. In other words, we process 6.25 lbs of raw chaga to produce 1 lb of chaga extract powder.
The secret to chaga’s immune-boosting power is in a chemical structure known as “chromogenic complex.” The chromogenic complex is measured as a percentage of polyphenols, which are the molecules that dissolve in water first (40–45%) during the chaga extraction process. Polyphenols are responsible for the extract’s dark color, and aid in absorption.
Sayan Health chaga extract contains:
- 44–50% polyphenols (chromogenic complex)
- 12–13% polysaccharides
- 1.5% β (1,3) D-glucan
- <1% betulinic acid
It is very important to understand why chaga extract with 12–13% polysaccharides qualifies as a high-quality chaga extract. For more detailed info on chromogenic complex, quality chaga extract powder processing methods, and polysaccharides, check out our FAQ.
Why Choose Sayan Health Chaga Extract Powder?
As the developer of the first raw chaga beverage, Sayan Health is dedicated to producing only the most potent, high-quality chaga mushroom extract powder on the market. Ever since 2007, we’ve used our proprietary technique to prepare raw chaga for a low-pressure hot water extraction method with subsequent freeze-drying process, to ensure our product is optimized with the most essential nutrients.
The majority of chaga manufacturers use a Thermal Infrared Drying extraction process which doesn’t preserve all useful ingredients. See the table below for detailed info on the benefits of our Sublimation drying process:
|#||Comparative Characteristic||Sublimation Drying||Thermal Infrared Drying|
|1||Process description||Sublimation drying is based on capacity of ice to evaporate under certain conditions, bypassing the liquid phase||Infrared heating process is based on transferring energy through electromagnetic waves from heater to the drying object|
|2||Approximate time of heating for 1 kilo of product||10-12 hours||1-2 hours|
|3||Other processes necessary for making the final product||After drying, product requires further crushing and grinding||As a result of infrared drying, the ready product typically does not require further crushing and possesses increased solubility|
|4||Solubility of end-product||End-product dissolves completely when stirred||End-product dissolves easily without additional efforts|
|5||Quality indicators of end- product||The following components retain their quality: polyunsaturated fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and other important components. Aroma and taste of the product are also well preserved.||During the heating process, some useful ingredients are lost, and the potent aroma and taste of a product changes slightly|
|6||Preservation of essential oils in the product||Essential oils are preserved||Almost all essential oils are evaporated|
|7||Impact of heat on end- product||Heat has no impact on the finished product||Finished product is susceptible to heat|
Water vs. Alcohol Extraction
We’ve been asked numerous times what the difference is between chaga produced through water extraction versus alcohol extraction, so we created the table below to explain. All studies that have been conducted by chaga mushroom scientists have used chaga extract powder produced by water extraction. To date, there is no scientific proof that chaga extract produced by alcohol extraction is superior to chaga extract produced by water extraction. But if you’re only looking for chaga extract produced by alcohol extraction or a mix of alcohol and water extraction, before purchasing such a mix, it’s a good idea to ask about the ratio between the two.
At Sayan Health, we believe that chaga produced by water extraction is far superior and proven by time. Thus we only offer Siberian Chaga extract powder produced by water extraction with a sublimation freeze-drying process.
|Name of factor||Chaga extract obtained with water extraction and subliminal dry||Chaga extract obtained with alcohol extraction|
|Share of chromogenic complex*||from 35 to 58%||None, since chromogenic complex is an amount of water-soluble substances. These substances do not dissolve during the alcohol extraction and thus there are none of them in the final product (extract)|
|Share of beta-glucans||from 0.5 to 2.5%||None, since beta-glucans are non-soluble in water|
|Risk of chemical precipitations found in the final extract||None, since the extraction is performed with pure water with no admixtures||There is some risk|
|Share of betulin||Almost none, since betulin is taken from birch tree bark and if high-quality raw chaga is used (without bark admixtures) there will be no betulin||Betulin may be found if chaga was not purified properly and alcohol extraction took betulin for birch tree bark|
We believe in the merits of both hard science and holistic health, and present to you a formula based on scientific research with no false claims. For any questions about the benefits or production of chaga, our chaga experts are always ready to give you answers and steer you toward impeccable health.
Ingredients: Whole Chaga Mushroom (Innonotus obliquus) Extract Powder.
Daily supplement use: 0.07 – 0.10 oz (2-3 grams, or about half a teaspoon) of powdered Chaga extract mixed with your favorite beverage to be taken daily.
Daily Supplement Intense use for individuals wishing to improve a certain health condition, such as a cold, a respiratory or a digestive problem, etc.: 0.25 – 0.35 oz (7-10 grams, or about 1.5 – 2.0 teaspoons) of powdered Chaga extract, to be taken daily.
Raw, pure Chaga has an acquired taste – it may even seem bitter as it has a lot of herbal flavor. If the herbal flavor of Chaga is too strong and makes it difficult to ingest, add some sweetener such as honey or sugar to suit your individual preference or use more liquid (we also find that beverages with lots of flavor could mask the herbal note of Chaga very well).
Please note that the daily dose can be split in half or even three or four equal portions, to be taken throughout the day. Also if you start with Daily Supplement Intense dose we advise to increase serving size gradually, for example start with 0.07 – 0.10 oz (2-3 grams, or about half a teaspoon) and then increase serving size to 0.25 – 0.35 oz ( 7-10 grams, or about 1.5 – 2.0 teaspoons ) in 7-10 days.
For best results, take a 5 – 7 day break from taking Chaga extract powder every 24 – 28 days. In other words, use it for about a month, stop for a week, and then use it for another 4 weeks, and so on.
While taking chaga extract powder we recommend to follow a dairy-vegetative diet and try to minimize the amount of smoked meats, products high in animal fat such as bacon, strong seasonings and processed foods. We also recommend quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake to a moderate level
Caution: Avoid consuming chaga extract powder if you are currently taking penicillin or intravenous injections of glucose, in case of adverse interactions or side effects.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product does not intend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.
ORAC Comparison mol TE/100g