What makes a good Chaga Supplement?
Are you looking for a great Chaga Supplement? If so, pay close attention to the bioactive ingredients included, and their bioavailability (the body’s ability to absorb the ingredient).
After much research over the years, we now know that the bioactive components of chaga include; beta-glucans (
Bioavailability is a very important factor that is sadly overlooked by many consumers. We need to ask ourselves this question when we're looking to buy a chaga supplement: “will the human body actually absorb the bioactive components of this supplement?”
Unless the chaga has been prepared using an extraction process, the bioactive components are indigestible for most people and you will experience little therapeutic effects. Many of chaga products on the market today have NOT gone through an extraction process, and
In a genuine dual extract from ORIVeDA for example, all these bioactive components become bioavailable. In a simple extract made from hot water extraction alone, just the polyphenols and polysaccharides are bioavailable.
Buy ORIVeDA Extracts on Amazon
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please consult with your doctor and read the latest information provided by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center before taking Chaga for any health condition.
Why the need for an Extract Supplement?
Bioavailability is limited in non-extracted chaga supplements because chaga cells are made of chitin, which is the same material that covers crabs and lobsters. Chitin is the hardest all-natural material known to man. Locked inside the chitin
As humans, we cannot digest chitin properly as the enzyme chitinase (needed to break down chitin), is not very active in our stomach acid.
Due to its simplicity and cost, the most common extraction technique is hot-water extraction (single step extract, e.g. chaga tea). With a hot water extraction, the hot water will 'melt' the chitin and help release the water-soluble bioactive components of chaga.
However, the highest yield of bioactive components is achieved using a
What makes a good Chaga Supplement?
The only way to be sure about the quality of an
The supplement's facts label will tell you everything you need to know. Below are examples of supplement labels, one from a quality extract and one from a questionable one:
To the right you will find a good example of a supplement's facts label from a quality extract
And below you will find an example of a chaga supplement 'facts' label from a questionable extract. Notice that it provides very little information.
Only if the label gives you details like "40%
Remember that genuine dual extracts will always state the exact numbers because they can. By law, suppliers cannot list false numbers on their chaga
When determining product value, let's look at the following example: Vendor A offer’s 100 grams of chaga mushroom extract for $100. In comparison, another vendor offers 150 grams for only $50. When only looking at this information, you would think that vendor A's product costs three times as much. However, this thinking may well be
Product Value Example:
- Product A: Costs $10 and contains 60 capsules. Each capsule contains 500mg of chaga extract powder, with 10% being polysaccharides. This equals 50mg of polysaccharides per capsule (10% of 500mg = 50mg).
- Product B: Costs $20 and also contains 60 capsules. Each capsule contains 400mg of chaga extract powder with 30% being polysaccharides. This equals 120mg of polysaccharides per capsule (30% of 400mg = 120 mg).
From the example above, you can clearly see that Product B offers
In summary, the true value of a chaga supplement is determined by
Certificates of Analysis (COA)
To be certain about the quality of the product you're thinking of buying, requesting a COA (Certificate of Analysis) is the best option, especially when dealing with online sellers. However, few sellers will share the original COA (issued by the producer) with you. Excuses about proprietary information are a common way to avoid giving any verifiable details. This can often be considered a red flag, as just blocking the manufacturer's name on the COA would be enough to alleviate any such fears that the seller may have.
Lab Grown Chaga Supplements
Some of Chaga’s key bioactive components develop as a result of the fight between the fungus and its host. This is especially true when it comes to the polyphenols and phytosterols which provide the antioxidant properties. Mycelia
Chaga Supplements: Summary
A chaga supplement should always be
If you plan on purchasing chaga, please click here to check out our Buying Guide.
If you've enjoyed reading this post, please share it using the social share buttons and leave a comment below. Thanks!