BioPure Czaga TM (pronounced ‘chaga’) is made from the fungus Inonotus obliquus. This mushroom grows as an irregularly formed mass of mycelium, resembling burnt charcoal, on the bark of birch trees in Siberia, Russia, eastern Europe, and some parts of the United States and Canada. The Chaga mushroom has been revered as a medicinal substance for centuries. The most common way it was used traditionally was to boil it and create an aqueous extract. It was considered a cleansing substance and was used internally and externally to keep people healthy.* It was also commonly used for supporting cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health.*
The Chaga mushroom used in BioPure Czaga tea has been found to have a wide variety of biologically active compounds and secondary metabolites including triterpenoids such as inotodiol, lanosterol, and betulinic acid; sterols such as ergosterol; melanins, phenolic compounds, polysaccharides, vitamins, proteins, and more.
Numerous studies have been carried out with Chaga extracts and components. The melanin complex of Chaga may be helpful in supporting healthy DNA.* Cognitive functions such as learning and memory in mice were enhanced in response to administration of an extract of Chaga.* Chaga’s polysaccharides have been found to support the immune system and have significant antioxidant activity.*
Free-radical reactions at the cellular level have been thought to affect the processes of aging and other undesirable health effects. Chaga has been investigated in numerous studies for its antioxidant capabilities.* Hot water extract of Chaga mushroom was also studied for its impact on colon health.* The fact that Chaga produced little or no toxicity in any of its experiments makes it well-deserving of further study for its potential health benefits.
BioPure’s CzagaTM is a freeze-dried extract of 100 percent organic wild Inonotus obliquus and is not produced from cultivated sources. It is sustainably harvested from fungi growing on wild live birch trees in severe northern climates. This maximizes the availability and potency of the beneficial bioactive ingredients. BioPure’s Czaga™ imparts a delicious vanilla flavor to your beverage. People even use it in place of coffee for its energizing effects.
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