As we strive to live longer and stay younger, we deal with the reality of a rapidly growing health care crisis. As we lose faith in our health care system as well as the safety of pharmaceutical medications, our search takes us closer to natural means of supporting our health through herbal compounds. Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent on pharmaceutical research to find "cures", yet little in comparison is spent on health maintenance.

Why? Because unless pharmaceutical companies can patent new chemical compounds, there is no financial motivation. And who funds most of the research? The big pharma companies. But they can't patent nature.

Nevertheless, researchers and scientists at the forefront of research are finding great promise in botanical adaptogens like Chaga. Through numerous studies, science is confirming the value of herbal supplements, which have been known for centuries, such as Chaga, for their superb health-enhancing and anti-aging properties.

Chaga Extract is the all-natural approach to health maintenance, particularly as we age. It is uniquely high in gene-protecting pigment complexes including melanin, and in antioxidants, which all fight free radicals that damage our cells.

Chaga is unique in containing 25% (of dry weight) pigments (called chromogenic complex). This is an important distinction from other polypore fungi where these pigments are less than 2%. Further, these pigments contain aromatic acids with polyphenol structures (syringic, vanillic, pyrocatechuic, pyrogallic, and para-benzoic acids). This pigment complex is extremely important to protect the body against oxidation (it has high reducing ability). It is also water soluble and is especially extracted in our unique product.

Polyphenolic pigments. These organic pigments have many ring structures and are especially made up of natural melanins. These melanins are involved in deactivation of free radicals formed by exposure to ultraviolet rays or ionizing radiation. Melanin pigments protect us against radiation and electromagnetic stress, are involved in DNA repair, respiratory chair functioning (as electron acceptors), function as modulators in cell metabolism, and protect an organism against extreme stressful conditions. Melanins are universal protectors, however melanin content decreases in our body as we age. Chaga's melanin content has high antioxidant and gene protecting properties, thus supporting DNA integrity.

Chaga also contains:

  • Polysaccharides which support the immune system.
  • Betulinic Acid which supports the immune system.
  • Sterols and Triterpenes including lanosterol (a tetracyclic triterpene derivative), inotodiol (triterpene alcohol), and ergosterol (a Vitamin D precursor). These help support digestion, help detoxification, and may help maintain respiratory health.
  • Germanium, which helps support the health of your blood.
  • Melanin, which enhances the appearance of hair, skin and eyes, and helps maintain a more youthful appearance.
  • Important Nucleosides, Phytonutrients, minerals and amino acids such as Saponin, Magnesium, Chromium, Iron, Kalium, Beta-glucan, Inotodiol, Isoprenoid and others, all offering tremendous health benefits.

King of the Herbal Adaptogens

Chaga belongs to the group of herbs distinguished as "adaptogens." It helps support and maintain all kinds of vital functions inside your body. Soviet research on Chaga also showed a potent mixture of Adaptogens. The word adaptogen, coined by Russian Scientist Dr. Nicolai Lazarev in 1947, refers to a natural herb product that increases the body's resistance to stresses such as trauma, anxiety and bodily fatigue. Adaptogens may help the body adapt better to its environment, whether that environment be one of many harmful chemicals or simply one of rapid change. The guidelines Lazarev created for an herb to be considered an adaptogen are:

  1. It must cause only minimal disorders in the body's physiological functions
  2. It must increase the body's resistance to adverse influences not by a specific action but by a wide range of physical, chemical, and biochemical factors
  3. It must have an overall normalizing effect, supporting all kinds of bodily structures and functions and aggravating none.

It is claimed that adaptogenic herbs are unique from other substances in their ability to balance endocrine hormones and the immune system, and they help the body to maintain optimal homeostasis. These herbs and other adaptogens have been proven in clinical and laboratory studies to help us adapt to the rapidly changing conditions in our modern, often synthetic environment.

Adaptogens may show the following health benefits:

  • Reduce the Effects of Stress
  • Support Immune Function & Strengthen Immune System
  • Improve Mental Clarity
  • Improve Physical Performance and promote good health as we age
  • Regulate Muscles and Nerve function
  • Promote Energy
  • Support Sleep

A Soviet Secret

Since the 1950's, the government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), in conjunction with approximately 1200 prominent scientists, conducted over 3,000 experiments involving over 500,000 people to study the effects of Adaptogens. The results of these studies were a protected Soviet Secret for 40 years. The Soviet government commanded athletes, astronauts and other Soviet elite to take Adaptogens on a daily basis to improve physical and mental work capacity.

Scientists are proving the best way to strengthen ones immune system is through proper lifestyle habits including diet, exercise, and relaxation. The Soviet's health Secret has been shown to have the ability to help keep the body healthy, the mind alert, and support the immune function.