Wild chaga mushroom
Chaga mushroom grows in northern birch forests of North America, northern Europe, Finland, Siberia, northern China and Korea. However, the Siberian Chaga has become the most widespread as it has the maximum healing potential. Chaga is often called a longevity mushroom of Siberia. Since the fungus parasitizes on trees and cannot be artificially cultivated, pristine birch groves in the Far East and Siberia have become the main chaga harvest territories. The mushroom grows almost all year round in Siberia and contains a number of useful substances and vitamins, as the nature has not been polluted in this region. Siberia is the largest reserves of birch mushroom in the world. Meanwhile, Russia is one among other countries that has studied chaga the most. The Siberian Chaga is organic and this can be proved by seeing the radioactive cloud map after the Chernobyl and Fukushima. Siberian chaga is a guarantee of wild organic chaga.
Mushrooms make up about 25% of the biomass of the Earth and there are more than 5 million species of mushrooms. Certain mushrooms have been used as a medicine for over 5 000 years. Less than 1000 out of the large number of species are eaten, and only a few have been seriously studied for benefits.
The Cold Climate fits best the formation of a useful chaga mushroom within 15-20 years. Vast areas of Siberian birch forests make it possible to harvest chaga far from industrial cities and highways. Moreover, chaga can grow for 15-30 years in such remote areas.
Most medicinal mushrooms are grown on the substrate with greenhouse effect for several months, thus, forming and accumulating only structural substances. This is unlike the conditions in which chaga grows for 10-20 years - fertile forest soil with a large number of nutrients and clean frosty air of Siberian forests!
For example, 10g of wild Himalayan cordyceps can cost up to $ 700, which best illustrates the value of wild medicinal mushrooms, while the chaga, with its unique useful properties, is much more affordable.
What differs wild chaga from artificially cultivated:
Lanosterol has antioxidant anticancer and immunomodulatory properties, but its content is 3.6% in the cultivated chaga compared to 45.4% in the wild one.
What a healthy chaga looks like (photo)
Sometimes companies selling chaga have a photograph of a different mushroom on their label, which says that the company is not competent and you should be careful with its products.
Inexperienced mushroom hunters often mix up chaga with other mushrooms, for example, Piptoporusbetulinus and Fomesfomentarius
We recommend to buy products from companies that specialize in picking up wild Chaga mushroom only (ChagaLaboratories as a good example).
Why is Siberian Chaga from Chaga Laboratories the best solution?
Our advantages and why you should choose ChagaLaboratories:
Because we are Chaga Laboratories
1. We are Purveyors – this means we control chaga harvesting to be safe and legal. Monitoring the safety and purity of harvested chaga. Fast initial processing and proper drying. This is one of the most important steps that chaga resellers cannot control, but only promise.
6. We are a company with a transparent policy and always ready for dialogue.
We work for you and will try to answer all your questions.
We are ready for any claims from customers.
2. We are producers. We have own production with top-notch technologies.
7. We obey environmental standards and try to reduce any environmental footprints caused by our production.
3. We have our own laboratory that allows controlling the quality and safety at all stages. Twelve years of studies, harvesting and processing chaga guarantee superior taste and benefits.
8. We cooperate with the Forest Protection Foundation. The founders take part in forest reforestation. We are in close cooperation with environmental organizations.
4 We are collaborating with universities, which allows us to improve production technologies and make most beneficial products for you.
9. We specialize in Siberian Chaga. Buying chaga from us makes you confident that you buy the best and most useful chaga.
5. We ship our products worldwide. We can help you if you want to buy wholesale.
10. You will be healthy and happy with our chaga as we are experienced in proper chaga intake.
Why is the Siberian Chaga the most organic?
Fungi are most susceptible to accumulating radionuclides and heavy metals. Chaga, unlike other mushrooms, can live up to 20 years and accumulate a significant amount of radionuclides and heavy metals. Therefore, it is important to consider the place where it grows; you need to be very careful what kind of chaga you buy. If you look at the map on radiation cloud after the Chernobyl and Fukushima on the Internet, then you will see that the Siberian Chaga is the most organic. The decay period of radiation pollution is very long after all.
INFOGRAPHICS OF CHERNOBYL CLOUD
Just before chaga is shipped from Siberia, it is tested for radionuclides, such as cesium-137 and strontium-90. Even though some American and Canadian sellers often spread rumors of pollution from Fukushima and claim that China and Siberia have suffered from Japan this is not the case. The image below shows the ground deposition of radioactive cesium-137, less than a month after the Fukushima disaster.
The truth is that the Asian continent has not been polluted, with the exception of the Russian Far East (and in Japan for sure), but the North American continent is a completely different story. The picture was taken from the trustworthy site, where you can find the full story (updated in June 2013). The reason for this is that the main jet streams on Earth are westerly winds (flowing from west to east). Radioactive fallout carries away from the Asian continent jets of air streams towards the American continent, at a speed of 100 mph (160 km/h). Thus, harvesting and consuming wild Japanese, Canadian, or American chaga (or other mushrooms) in the affected areas is probably not a good idea if it has not been tested for radioactive contamination. The Chinese and Siberian Chaga are completely safe. You can watch a film demonstrating the dynamic spread of Fukushima's radioactive fallout here: http://cerea.enpc.fr/fukushima/media/fukushima-Cs137-wide-2.swf