Kabanoanatake (Japanese), Clinker polypore, birch conk, birch canker polypore
Active Ingredients: inonotsuoxide A, inotodiol, trametenolic acid, and lanostérol
Taste: Earthy flavor with a slight bitterness. Chaga also contains a naturally occurring form of vanillin, the same as what is found vanilla beans.
Top Benefits Include:
What the Active Ingredients Do: The Beta-D-glucans found in Chaga mushrooms help balance the immune system, stimulating it when a boost is needed and down regulating when it is overactive. Betulinic acid, inotodial, and ergosterol peroxide are compounds in chaga that help reduce inflammation by inhibiting the production of cytokines.
Key Applications: Chaga is a popular addition to overall health ingredient mixes included in supplements, functional foods and beverages.
History: Chaga mushrooms have been used as a traditional medicine in Russia and other Northern European countries for centuries to boost immunity and overall health. They have been used to treat diabetes, certain cancers and heart disease. They also benefit the skin. Chaga mushrooms are known for their antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antitumor properties.