Chaga Mushroom Science
The chemical characteristics and biological activity of chaga mushroom were first studied in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1864.
This can be regarded as the beginning of research on chaga.
Finnish soldiers used chaga to withstand extreme exertion and severe frosts during World War II.
Fueled by the reputation of chaga in folk medicine over the past centuries Russian scientists also started to research chaga after World War II. This was due to the search for new medications to restore people’s health undermined during the war. Consequently, chaga was recorded in the USSR State Pharmacopoeia, i.e. Chaga was officially recognized as a medicine.
Our collaboration with universities
We collaborate with universities in the field of researching chaga, improving the processing technologies to maximize the preservation of the entire spectrum of useful properties of chaga. We search for new adaptogen and pleasant chaga drinks.
An electron microscopy analysis of the microscopic structure of the Chaga mushroom allows us to conclude that the outer layer of the fungus, characterized by a high melanin content in comparison with the inner layers, can also be described by a denser structure, which complicates the extraction process, so the intensification of this process by various methods is urgent for researchers.
Figure. Microscopic structure of Chaga:
a) the outer layer of the fungus; b) the inner layer of the fungus.