Grown on arctic birch trees, chaga reveals significant nutritional properties. The mushroom is rich in essential minerals, such as potassium. Chaga is the strongest antioxidant with the highest ORAC score (Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity) for antioxidants ever registered in any natural food.
Moreover, chaga has a diversity of medical properties. The mushroom is an adaptogen that acts as an immunomodulatory, anti-tumor and anti-repellent agent. There are indications that chaga has generally potent (tonic), blood purifying, blood glucose-lowering, painkillers, liver strengthening, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and detoxifying properties.
Chaga has been known for its health beneficial effects already for several centuries, and its earliest confirmed record dates back to the 15th century. Primarily, the fungus appears on the surface of the damaged or broken tree. The fungus is mostly found on old trees, but it may rarely occur on younger trees as well. Chaga is usually collected in winter time, when the foliage on trees does not cover the mushroom. Although chaga mainly grows on birch, the mushroom can also be found on such trees as orchard and beech. In this case, the mushroom does not contain as much secondary metabolites as the birch-grown chaga.
Eevia Health Oy exclusively uses wild birch-grown chaga.