Why Siberian Chaga?
Like ALL major tonic herbs, the source of the raw material (the herb) must be selected based on both tradition and modern chemical analysis to assure the best product. Dragon Herbs is a Di Tao company, meaning we use only raw materials from the authentic source to make our herbal products. The source of the raw material for Dragon Herbs Wild Siberian Chaga is a remote region of Siberia in northern Russia. Chaga grows in many places, but chemical analysis has definitively demonstrated that genuine Siberian Chaga is the most potent form of Chaga.
Chaga is comprised of two visually distinguishable parts: black (mainly outside) and orange–brown (mainly inside). These are generally classified as the sclerotium and fruiting body, respectively. However, Chaga does not produce a “fruiting body” like that of Reishi mushroom. Inonotus obliquus is a “white rot fungus” with an irregular shape. The “black” (very dark brown) skin is rich in melanin. In Russia, after 10—15 years of parasitism on trunks, mostly of birch, this black shapeless overgrowth of fungus (“sclerotial conk”) acquires the status of “Chaga.” At 20 years Chaga is considered herbally fully mature. The vast majority of Chaga used to make formulations sold in the United States use Chaga that has not achieved maturity. In fact, there are Chagafarms in tropical countries that produce Chaga in just 3 or 4 years, but this “Chaga” is not even close to the potency of Siberian Chaga that has reached full maturity after 20 years of wild, arctic growth.
Chaga extract is much more concentrated, bioavailable and functional than consuming Chaga powder that has not been concentrated. This is because the fibers of Chaga are “woody” and difficult for humans to digest. Extraction removes the woody fiber, leaving the active constituents intact and bioavailable.
Siberian Chaga has special properties that must be sensitively extracted. Siberian Chaga has hundreds of active constituents that must be protected and delivered to your digestive system and intact and undamaged. Many of these raw constituents are then metabolized, producing new active “metabolites” that are absorbed into the blood stream.
To achieve optimum benefit from Chaga, the relative quantities of various constituents in the extract are of great significance. It took a great deal of special work to perfect this Chaga extraction. We spent several years testing various extraction procedures before going public with this important product. At our state–of–the–art factory, we did many test extractions to get the maximum (optimum) extraction. We knew that Chaga has both alcohol and water soluble components. The precise concentration of alcohol used to extract the Chaga had a fundamental influence on the ultimate potency of our Chaga extract. Just tweaking the percentage of alcohol used by as little as 5% changed the extraction quantities of important components by as much as 25%!
It turned out that temperature, extraction time, and other more technical issues all played a BIG role in how the product would turn out. We feel confident that Dragon Herbs Wild Siberian Chaga contains the highest and most optimal levels of active components possible according to all research currently available on Chaga.
Chaga is a tonic herbal treasure. It should be a component of every serious tonic herbal program.
Why Choose Dragon Herbs Wild Siberian Chaga Over Other Brands?
Chaga has traditionally been consumed as a hot tea, and the benefits associated with Chaga are based primarily (almost exclusively) on the cooked decoction or extract of Chaga. So mild cooking is considered appropriate for Chaga. Cooking produces metabolites that are believed to provide biological activity. Dragon Herbs Wild Siberian Chaga is a concentrated extract, produced by a state–of–the–art moderate–temperature full–spectrum extraction technology. Special highly sensitive technologies were used during the extraction process to assure full extraction of bioactive components. Both water and ethanol (alcohol) were used in the extraction, and as a result, all bioactive components are present, including polysaccharides, polyphenols, melanin, styrylpyrone compounds, etc.
Ethanol and water extraction has been determined to extract virtually all of the major active constituents of Chaga. The ethanol (alcohol) extract is characterized by the predominant presence of lanostane–type triterpenoids and hispidin analogues. The water extract is characterized by polysaccharides and phenolic compounds. The ethanol and water extracts, both independently and together, revealed “remarkable potential for scavenging” the tested radicals (antioxidant activities here are indicated as capacities for scavenging superoxide anion, DPPH and hydroxyl radicals), while extracts made with synthetic solvents did not show this activity. Polyphenols are the major contributors for quenching free radicals.
Based on a history of safety and efficacy as a tonic, and upon epidemiological evidence that Chaga is very safe and free from side effects, Chaga may be consumed as a tonic herb over a long period of time (indefinitely) in moderate amounts. Chaga has Ron Teeguarden’s Five Star rating (top). Chaga is a tonic herbal treasure. It should be a component of every serious tonic herbal program.