FREEZE-DRIED CHAGA EXTRACT POWDER
chaga extract powder.
Baikal Herbs' Chaga extract consists of 100% Siberian wildcrafted Chaga mushroom. In order to become a highly concentrated extract powder, it had undergone a technological process called water extraction. Why do we need to apply this process to the raw Chaga? Because we want to receive the maximum benefits from Chaga mushroom and use it as a Biologically Active Food Supplement. Extraction process allows activating the health-supportive Chaga compounds which in raw Chaga are "stored" in a passive state.
Unlike raw Chaga, Chaga extract has these biological substances activated, i.e. digestible by our body. Raw Chaga cannot be digested by humans and health-supportive compounds would leave our body without a trace. And an "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 mini-extraction. Moreover, the extraction process allows us to remove useless substances and concentrate the maximum of health-supportive biological compounds. In order to receive 1kg of Chaga extract, we use approximately 10kg of raw Chaga mushroom.
most important chaga feature: chromogenic complex and melanin*
Chaga possess many health-supportive components which can be solved in alcohol or water. Russian scientists have conducted a lot of research and have come to the conclusion that Chaga extract manufactured by the water extraction method provides the most bio-available form of health-supportive substances.
In Russia, the quality of Chaga extract is judged by the amount of chromogenic complex it contains (humic acids, melanin). This chromogenic complex ensures the huge amount of antioxidants the Chaga is famous for. All other substances of Chaga like beta-glucans, polyphenols, flavonoids, polysaccharides, 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 the chromogenic complex - melanin- is unique and can be found only in wild Chaga mushroom. This is why Chaga extract made in China, for example, doesn't possess any Chromogenic complex (melanin). Manufacturers who use cultivated Chaga mushroom do not mention this important chaga feature in their test results (Certificate of Analysis) because only Chaga grown in its natural environment obtains its beneficial properties.
Melanin found in wild Chaga mushroom is unique because it is almost identical to melanin produced by the human body. And this makes wild Chaga outstanding.
Chaga extract and antioxidants*
If you are not sure what antioxidant is, you may want to visit this page. Antioxidants remove free radicals and support healthy cells. Thus 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 a sophisticated test called ORAC 5.0. It expands the ORAC platform to measure the 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 has total ORAC value 39,979 uMole/g. To our customers we can provide the copy of this ORAC report.
undamaged chaga mushroom DNA.
Modern technology and advanced equipment allow us to receive "Bio" Chaga extract without causing any damage to the chaga DNA molecule. The sparing low-temperature water extraction method (at 60 degrees Celcius) with subsequent freeze-dry transitional process guarantees high concentration of biologically active substances:
The real average content of active substances in Chaga extract may fluctuate from batch to batch within approximately 2% due to natural character of raw material:
- Chromogenic complex (melanin): more than 50%!
- Polysacharrides content: 50,32%.
- Beta-Glucans: more than 33%
RADIATION CONTROL OF CHAGA
Radiation control and tests for heavy metals are being done regularly by the state-owned laboratory in Irkutsk as well as by our own company laboratory.
ORIGINAL CHAGA EXTRACT works.
Chaga extract can be considered as "health-supportive" only if it has been manufactured from a wildcrafted Chaga mushroom that was picked from a wild birch tree. In many countries, they grow Chaga mushroom artificially by way of the fermentation process.
Fermentation is artificial cultivation of mycelium biomass from the mushroom stamm. An extract made from such a "chaga" will be totally useless, whatever they claim. And it certainly doesn't provide any effects which real Chaga is supposed to demonstrate. Why? Because only wild-grown Chaga contains the chromogenic complex of melanin.
Spray-dried (SD) chaga extract and Freeze-dried (FD) chaga extract.
Spray-dried Chaga extract is a light-brown "dusty-like" powder which doesn't solve in water properly without a good stirring. Such extract has less amount of melanins/chromogenic complex because it undergoes thermal processing. If you take a molecule of raw Chaga and molecule of SD Chaga extract it will have a different structure. At the same time in a Freeze-dried Chaga extract, both raw Chaga and FD Chaga extract molecules will have the same structure. This is a very complicated chemistry change that cannot be checked with the naked eye.
Sublimated (FD) Chaga extract looks like fine, dark-brown, almost black powder with solid glistening black crystals. It is instantly soluble in water and pleasant to taste. FD Chaga extract possess from 50 to 52% of Chromogenic complex content!
Our natural unadulterated Chaga extract is additives and GMO-free, made from 100% wild-grown Siberian Chaga.
Detailed description of the difference between SD and FD extracts is available HERE.