Chaga Mushroom* Extract
Nammex Chaga are processed by hot water/alcohol extraction into a fine powder suitable for encapsulation or beverages.
|Beta (1-3),(1-6)-glucans||Greater than 10%|
|Starch||Less than 3%|
Nammex Chaga is 100% Pure Mushroom*
No added fillers, starch or grains
Wild Chaga grows naturally in the vast forests of Russia, northern China and northern climatic zones in general where birch make up the primary tree species. *Even though Chaga is commonly referred to as a mushroom, it is actually a sterile conk, a hardened mass of wood and mycelium with an amorphous shape and dark pigmented outer layer. It has been estimated that the chaga conk is approximately 10% mycelium. A tree pathogen known as a canker, Chaga slowly causes birch trees to decay and die. For hundreds of years Chaga has been wildcrafted and utilized by the people of northern Europe and Russia.
Birch trees contain precursor compounds such as the triterpenoid betulin. Chaga draws betulin and other precursors directly from the birch tree and turns them into inotodiol, trametenolic acid and betulinic acid. Chaga needs the tree-bound precursors to synthesize the triterpenoids for which it is famous. Chaga is traditionally used for stomach illnesses and immunity issues.
Proudly Made in China
In 1996, CEO and Founder of Nammex, Jeff Chilton organized organic mushroom production in China. That initiative paid off and today all Nammex mushrooms are grown or wildcrafted deep in the mountains of China by our Certified Organic production partners. Learn more about our growers in China.
Not All Medicinal Mushrooms Products are Created Equal
US lab-grown Chaga is not sclerotia but mycelium grown on grain. Analysis has shown that US Chaga mycelium on grain has low levels of beta-glucan and very high levels of starch. Nammex only uses 100% organic sclerotia which are rigorously tested and guaranteed for active compounds. Learn more about the mycelia myth and the 10 Questions to Ask about Your Mushroom Supplement.
Beta (1>3),(1>6)-glucans; triterpenoids
Chaga Mushroom Research
- Ma L, Chen H et al., Anti-inflammatory and anticancer activities of extracts and compounds from the mushroom Inonotus obliquus. Food Chem. 2013 Aug 15;139(1-4)
- Du D et al., Rapid isolation and purification of inotodiol and trametenolic acid from Inonotus obliquus by high-speed counter-current chromatography with evaporative light scatting detection. Phytochem Anal. 2011 Sep-Oct;22(5):419-23
- J. Glamočlija et all, Chemical characterization and biological activity of Chaga (Inonotus obliquus), a medicinal “mushroom”, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 162, 13 March 2015