Wild Siberian Chaga™
A True Treasure from Siberia
obliquus) is a highly prized tonic fungus
(mushroom), long used in traditional Siberian, Korean, Chinese, north European and Scandinavian herbalism.
It is found growing wild in old forests throughout the colder regions of
Northern Asia and Northern Europe. The
ultimate Chaga is believed to come from subarctic
Siberian birch forests. Dragon Herbs premium Chaga is collected from remote sub-arctic
believe that Siberian Chaga preserves youthfulness,
promotes health, and promotes longevity. Because of its potent protective
qualities and high degree of safety, it is relegated as a “superior herb.” It
is categorized as a Qi tonic, like Reishi mushroom.
It is also considered to be a superb Kidney tonic. Russian and Scandinavian
scientists have done the most scientific research on this powerful herb in
recent years. Siberian Chaga is a very powerful
antioxidant. Studies indicate it is a much more potent free radical scavenger
than almost all other popular dietary antioxidants, including blueberries and acai. Chaga
may be used as a Shen tonic as well, and as an immune
modulating (strengthening, balancing, supportive and regulating) tonic of the
Siberian Chaga contains a range of important active constituents
including polysaccharides, phenolic compounds, lanostane triterpenoids and
melanin, a pigment that is present and needed throughout the human body, with a
wide range of health benefits. Research on Siberian Chaga
has demonstrated potent immune supporting actions. Upon ingestion, a range of
secondary metabolites are produced, many of which are highly active as potent
immune modulators. Chaga is a rich source of 1-3
β-glucans, polysaccharides that are
quintessential nutrients for the immune system. These polysaccharides have
strong immune balancing properties, enhancing the body’s ability to produce
natural killer (NK) cells. At the cellular level, Chaga
has been shown to support the response to oxidative molecules that may
negatively impact human DNA if not quenched.
Chaga produces large amounts of high molecular weight phenolic pigments that have been categorized as melanins. This
melanin "complex" is released to the surface of Chaga.
Melanin is a potent antioxidant pigment that is present and needed throughout
the human body, and has a wide range of health benefits. It has been
demonstrated that this Chaga melanin has strong genoprotective
(DNA/gene protective) effects.
The antioxidant activity of
the hot water extract of Chaga has been precisely
compared with those of other tonic fungi (Agaricus
blazei Mycelia, Ganoderma lucidum and Phellinus linteus) by Japanese researchers,
showing that Chaga has the strongest antioxidant
activity among the fungi examined in terms of both superoxide and hydroxyl
radicals scavenging activities.
Siberian Chaga is non-toxic. Chaga’s
safety has been well established, and it may be used as a daily tonic herb. Dragon Herbs Wild Siberian Chaga is extracted (concentrated) by a special
controlled-temperature, full spectrum extraction technology. Both water and
alcohol are used in the extraction and as a result, all bioactive components of
the Chaga are present in Dragon Herbs Wild Siberian Chaga powdered extract.
have recently reported in an international research journal (2011) at least one
mechanism by which Chaga modulates immune responses is through
secretion of Th1/Th2 cytokines
(bioactive chemicals) in immune cells, and that Chaga
antigen-specific antibody production. This modulatory
effect is responsible for Chaga's "double-direction" adaptogenic
effect on the immune response. This activity is very similar to the same
activities long noted in Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma). Because of its double direction adaptogenic activity, Chaga is
suitable to all healthy normal individuals seeking a world class tonic to
support a wide range of life functions.
Chaga, like several other important tonic herbs, is a rich source of
the trace element zinc. Zinc is an
essential nutrient required for cell growth, differentiation and survival. Its
deficiency may result in immunodeficiency and many other health problems. Zinc
is a critically important constituent of SOD, our most important innate
Chaga’s safety has been well established. It is non-toxic. It may be used in
moderate amounts as a daily tonic. Chaga has been
widely used in Japan, and the Japanese government carefully monitors adverse
reaction reports. As of May 2011, in spite of the widespread popular use of
this herb, there have been no adverse reaction reports in Japan.
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 Chaga
farms 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.
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,
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.
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
capsules, 450 mg each
Ingredient: Chaga Mushroom (Wild Russian Siberian Inonotus obliquus)
powdered extract (water and alcohol extraction), (32% Chaga
Polysaccharides by analysis)
Other Ingredients: Vegetarian
Capsules (non-pullulan based), Rice Hull Extract,
Organic Maize Starch.
capsules, 1 to 3 times per day as desired, or as directed by a qualified health
care practitioner. In general, as a tonic herb for health promotion and health
maintenance, a low-moderate dose of just 3 capsules per day is sufficient.
Ron Teeguarden’s “First Rule of Tonic Herbalism,” summed up in a single word – Compliance.
If you don’t take the herbs, they won’t work.”
statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended
diagnose, treat, cure
or prevent any disease.