FREEZE-DRIED CHAGA EXTRACT
chaga extract powder.
Baikal Herbs' chaga extract consists of 100% Siberian chaga mushroom which had undergone technological process called water extraction. Why do we need to apply this process to chaga? Because we want to get the maximum benefits from chaga mushroom in order to use it as Biologically Active Food Supplement and to activate the health supportive chaga compounds which in raw chaga are "stored" in inactive state.
Unlike in raw chaga, in chaga extract these biological substances become active, i.e. digestable by our body. Raw chaga cannot be digested by humans and health supportive compounds would leave our body without a trace. And "activation" can be done only through process of extraction either with alcohol or with hot water. When you are brewing tea you are making something similar to extraction. Moreover, extraction process allows to remove usless substances and concentrate the maximum of health supportive biological compounds. In order to receive 1kg of chaga extract we use 8kg of raw chaga mushroom.
most important chaga feature: chromogenic complex and melanin*
Chaga has many health supportive components which are either soluble in alcohol or in water. Russian scientists have conducted a lot of research and have come to conclusion that chaga extract manufactured by water extraction method provides the most of health supportive benefits.
In Russia, the quality and potency of chaga extract have been judged by the amount of chromogenic complex content (humic-like acids, melanin) which ensures the large amount of antioxidants in chaga. All other substances of chaga like betaglucans, polyphenols, flavonoids, polysacharrides, trace constituents are thought to be the ones of second importance. The reason is that all these elements can be found also in other mushrooms and crops , but chromogenic complex is unique and can be found only in a wild chaga mushroom. This is why chaga extract made in China, for example, doesn't possess any Chromogenic complex (melanins). Manufacturers who use cultivated chaga mushroom do not mention this important chaga feature in their tests results (Certificate of Analysis) because artificially grown chaga mushroom simply doesn't have any chromogenic complex.
Chaga extract and antioxidants*
If you are not sure what these terms mean, please visit this page. Antioxidants remove free radicals and support healthy cells. Thus we can see that antioxidants are crucial for our health.
Scientists developed something called an ORAC scale, which is a standard recommended by USDA to measure antioxidant capacity. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity, or the strength with which a given substance wipes out free radicals. Obviously, the higher the ORAC score the more free radicals this certain substance can destroy. In order to understand our chaga extract better, we applied to Brunsweek Lab, USA for conducting sophisticated test called ORAC 5.0. It expands the ORAC platform to measure antioxidant capacity of a product against five primary reactive oxygen species (commonly referred to as radicals) peroxyl, hydroxyl, peroxynitrite, superoxide anion and singlet oxygen. It is more informative than simple Hydrophilic ORAC test. This test has revealed the full spectrum of antioxidative capacity of our chaga extract with impressive results! Our chaga extract contains has total ORAC value 39,979 uMole/g. The copy of this ORAC report we can provide only to our customers.
undamaged chaga mushroom DNA.
Modern technology and advanced equipment have allowed us to receive "Bio" chaga extract without causing any damage to chaga DNA molecules. The sparing low-temperature water extraction method (at 60 degrees Celcius) with subsequent freeze-dry transitional process guarantees high concentration of biologically active substances:
Real average content of active substances may fluctuate from batch to batch within approximately 3% due to natural character of raw material:
- Chromogenic complex : more than 50%!
- Polysacharrides content : 50,32%.
- Beta-Glucans: more than 33%
Organoleptic properties OF FD CHAGA EXTRACT.
Freeze-dried chaga extract is a fine, almost black powder, not dusty. It has a pleasant taste (resembles instant coffee) and is odorless. It's instantly soluble in water, which is convenient for prepartion of mixed drinks. FD chaga extract can be easily blended with other drinks like coffee, milk or used in smoothies and coctails.
Our unadulterated chaga extract has no additives. It is GMO free and has nothing but 100% naturally wildgrown Siberian chaga.
Radiation and heavy metal content tests of our chaga produce have been done regularly at the state-owned laboratories.
BUY ONLY REAL CHAGA EXTRACT if you want to see results.
Chaga extract can be considered health supportive only if it has been manufactured from chaga mushroom picked from a wild birch tree. Today, in many countries chaga mushroom is being grown artificially by way of fermentation process.
Fermentation is an artificial cultivation of mycelium biomass from the mushroom stamm. Extract made from such "chaga" is almost usless whatever they claim. And it certainly doesn't provide any effect which real chaga is supposed to do. Why? Because only wildgrown chaga contains chromogenic complex.
How to distinguish SPRAY-DRIED chaga extract from freeze-dried.
Thermally dried chaga extract has light-brown color, its structure is dusty-like and it is not immediately soluble in water. Basically such light-brown extract has no more than 45% of chromogenic complex content because it undergoes thermal drying.
Sublimated chaga extract looks like fine, dark-brown or black color powder containing solid glistening black particles. It is istantly soluble in water and is pleasant to taste. This extract has up to 57% of Chromogenic complex content!