Chaga as medical fungi
Chaga extract’s immune-supporting power outshines several known superfoods with its high ORAC value (rich in antioxidants). Other constituents such as polysaccharides, beta-glucans, and polyphenols provide additional natural support for cellular defenses, and can contribute to boosting energy levels. The potential wellness benefits of chaga are numerous. Evolutionarily speaking, fungi are more closely related to humans than plants. This fact may be why many of the components that help mushrooms defend themselves against their enemies also support your body’s defense mechanisms and are increasingly being seen as a legitimate means to enhance your health and well-being.
The people of Ural Mountains (Russia) knew Chaga for centuries and in 12th century the Russian king Vladimir Manomah was widely known for his great appreciation and knowledge of the uses of Chaga. Among the first people to use chaga for medicinal purposes are the Khanty (formerly called the Ostyak) in West Siberia, and the word “chaga” is derived from the Khanty language. Chaga featured in Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s 1967 novel Cancer Ward (from Wikipedia). In Finland it was used among others as a substitute for coffee during the 2. World war.