|Potential Benefits||Powerful anti-cancer properties & immuno-stimulant|
Full spectrum of immune-stimulating phytonutrients (215 in total)
Regulates healthy blood pressure and glucose levels
Combats digestive problems, gastritis, ulcers, gout, hypertension and blood clots
Improving metabolism, especially metabolic function in cerebral tissue
Promotes cellular health
|How to Take Chaga||Adding 1 teaspoon (~2 grams) of Altra Health Chaga Powder into water, tea, juice, smoothie, or other favorite food every day. We recommend you take one gram for general health maintenance and 2-3 grams for the treatment of an ailment.|
It's recommended that you follow these steps for 30-90 days to ensure that you are giving the active components enough time to take effectiveness.
|Storage||Store in a cool dry place and out of direct sunlight.|
What is Chaga?
Chaga (Inonotus obliquus), also named 'The gift from god', is a type of fungus which only grows on the birch trees in Canada, Siberia and other cold regions.
Chaga has been used for centuries to treat such ailments as cancer, gastritis and ulcers as well as bone disorders. Modern scientific studies suggest that this belief in the healthful properties of Chaga was not misplaced.
What we call 'Chaga' is the dense black mass (25-40 cm large) that can be seen on the outside of trees (almost exclusively birches) infected with the fungus Inonotus obliquus. It is not a fruiting body (meant for spreading spores, the final stage in the life of many mushrooms) but a dense sterile mass of mycelia, with decayed bits of birch tissue incorporated. When chopped from the tree the interior has a rusty yellow-brown color, somewhat granular in appearance, and is often mottled with whitish or cream-colored veins. The hard, deeply cracked black outside of the Chaga is called the sclerotium.
Typically, well-developed Chaga sclerotia are found on trees over 40 years of age, but the infection starts earlier. The period from initial infection to tree death varies with the number of infection sites and tree resistance, but is typically around 20 years. After about 3-5 years the Chaga can be harvested. After harvesting, chaga can regrow to harvestable size again in three to ten years, and this can be repeated until the tree dies. Chopping off the Chaga does not stop the infection.
Why Choose Canadian Wild Chaga?
Northern Canadian forest is one of the best places to grow wild Chaga. Chaga grows in wild forest areas here with no pollution (secluded; far from the hustle and bustle), and harvested sustainably from larger mature living Birch trees, ensuring organically certified and wild crafted.
The Chaga obtains further medicinal power due to the harshness of the environment in which it grows. Therefore, Chaga found in the northern Canadian forest would contain more medicinal value than Chaga growing at lower latitudes.
Chaga Health Benefits
Chaga contains very significant amounts of powerful antioxidants with far reaching health applications. Other key chemical ingredients include polysaccharides, phytosterols, ergosterol peroxide and triterpenes like botulin and betulinic acid which give Chaga a diverse range of therapeutic benefits.
The major functions include below but not limited to
Chaga has been approved as a treatment for various types of cancer. The betulinic acid found in Chaga mushrooms is known to induce apoptosis or cell death and prevent tumors from developing. A number of research articles have confirmed that Chaga has exciting anti-tumor potential. [1-2]
Another study has demonstrated that inotodiol; the triterpenoid compound found in chaga has potential as an anticancer agent. Researchers concluded that these sub fractions isolated from chaga had the potential to be used in food or by the pharmaceutical industry as an anticancer ingredient. 
A recent study looked at another compound from Chaga mushroom and its anti-cancer potential. The study tested the anti-cancer activity of Ergosterol peroxide from Chaga mushroom on mice. Ergosterol peroxide was shown to inhibit colorectal cancer in mice. The extract inhibited cancer cell and tumor growth. Authors concluded that the Chaga extract has properties to advocate its use as a supplement for preventing colon cancer. 
Research suggests that Chaga may contain multiple anti-cancer components: Betulinic acid, Inotodiol and Ergosterol peroxide.
Immune System Boost
Chaga is understood to be an adaptogen simultaneously working in two directions to helps boost and modulate the immune system. Many experts consider it to be one of the most potent natural foods for autoimmune diseases. 
Chaga can help normalize and balance blood sugar level. Research has demonstrated that polysaccharides-chromium (III) complex, Terpenoid and sterol compounds appeared to be the major active constituents of Chaga. [6-7]
In the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) scale, a scale which was designed to measure the ability of food to deal with oxidative stress and absorb free radical damage, Chaga has the highest rating. It has up to 50 times anti-oxidation capability than CoQ10, Vitamin C, blueberries, fish oils, truffles and seaweed. Chaga's incredible ability to combat oxidative stress makes it a powerful ally in the fight against aging, heart disease and cancer. 
As well as protecting the heart by its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nature, the betulinic acid in chaga is known to help break down the bad LDL cholesterol in the body. Research discovered that Chaga had a beneficial effect on high blood pressure as well. 
The main active ingredients in Chaga such as betulinic acid and inotodiol work to reduce dangerous inflammation within the body. Inflammation can be extremely harmful and left unchecked might lead to serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and rheumatoid arthritis. 
Ulcers and Gastritis Treatment
Because of its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory abilities, Chaga has traditionally been used to support intestinal health and treat ulcers. According to research, Chaga might be a useful alternative treatment for ulcers and inflammatory bowel syndrome. 
 Youn MJ, Kim JK, Park SY, etal. Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) induces G0/G1 arrest and apoptosis in human hepatoma HepG2 cells. World J Gastroenterol. 2008 Jan 28; 14(4): 511–517.
 Lemieszek MK, Langner E, Kaczor J, etal. Anticancer effects of fraction isolated from fruiting bodies of Chaga medicinal mushroom, Inonotus obliquus (Pers.:Fr.) Pilát (Aphyllophoromycetideae): in vitro studies. Int J Med Mushrooms. 2011; 13(2):131-43.
 Chung MJ, Chung CK, Jeong Y, etal. Anticancer activity of subfractions containing pure compounds of Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) extract in human cancer cells and in Balbc/c mice bearing Sarcoma-180 cells. Nutr Res Pract. 2010 Jun; 4(3): 177-182.
 Kang JH, Jang JE, Mishra SK, etal. Ergosterol peroxide from Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) exhibits anti-cancer activity by down-regulation of the β-catenin pathway in colorectal cancer. J Ethnopharmacol. 2015 Sep 15; 173: 303-12.
 Kim YR. Immunomodulatory Activity of the Water Extract from Medicinal Mushroom Inonotus obliquus. Mycobiology. 2005 Sep; 33(3):158-62.
 Lu X, Chen H, Dong P, etal. Phytochemical characteristics and hypoglycaemic activity of fraction from mushroom Inonotus obliquus. J Sci Food Agric. 2010 Jan 30; 90(2):276-80.
 Wang C, Chen Z, Pan Y, etal. Anti-diabetic effects of Inonotus obliquus polysaccharides-chromium (III) complex in type 2 diabetic mice and its sub-acute toxicity evaluation in normal mice. Food Chem Toxicol. 2017 Jan 11. [Epub ahead of print]
 Lee IK, Kim YS, Jang YW, etal. New antioxidant polyphenols from the medicinal mushroom Inonotus obliquus. Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2007 Dec 15; 17(24):6678-81.
 Hong KB, Noh DO, Park Y, etal. Hepatoprotective Activity of Water Extracts from Chaga Medicinal Mushroom, Inonotus obliquus (Higher Basidiomycetes) Against Tert-Butyl Hydroperoxide-Induced Oxidative Liver Injury in Primary Cultured Rat Hepatocytes. Int J Med Mushrooms. 2015; 17(11):1069-76.
 Ma L, Chen H, Dong P, etal. Anti-inflammatory and anticancer activities of extracts and compounds from the mushroom Inonotus obliquus. Food Chem. 2013 Aug 15; 139(1-4):503-8.
 Mishra SK, Kang JH, Kim DK, etal. Orally administered aqueous extract of Inonotus obliquus ameliorates acute inflammation in dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis in mice. J Ethnopharmacol. 2012 Sep 28; 143(2):524-32.
Chaga Side Effects and Considerations
Chaga might in theory interact with certain medications like anticoagulants and also diabetes medications like insulin. Therefore. Chaga might cause hypoglycemia occurs when blood-sugar levels drop too low, or rise bleeding risk when you use aspirin or warfarin.