Adagio Naturals is very excited to introduce the “Birch Ridge Collection”. This new product line incorporates Chaga, an amazing ingredient with numerous health benefits - a true gift from Nature. Chaga goes way back, in fact, historians found evidence of Otzi and Iceman using Chaga as a herbal medicine over 5,300 years ago and Northern Europeans and Canadian Aboriginal cultures have been using it for medical purposes for centuries. Its use has a very long and well documented history but, as amazing as Chaga is, it has only recently gained popularity in the western world. With modern advances the possibilities for Chaga are only beginning to unfold and we’re so excited to be a front runner and in a position to offer an expanding range of Chaga creams and lotions to our customers.
The name Chaga is derived from the Russian word for mushroom and can be found throughout the world in the Northern Hemisphere. It forms as a result of an injury and it is nature’s way of healing itself by forming a protective growth. This protective growth is black on the outside and has an orange tinge on the inside, growing between 25-to-38 centimeters in size. The outside black colour of Chaga is due to a high amount of melanin. It is a very slow growing, taking between 5 to 10 years to grow a decent size for harvesting. And because of its slow growth it must be sustainably harvested, never remove all of the Chaga from the tree.
Recent studies are proving to be very promising and provide strong evidence of a wide range of preventative and curative medical applications (cancer, tumors, arthritis). In addition to these major medical conditions, we are constantly learning new and potential benefits of Chaga as it relates to skin care. Some of which include:
Healthy cell regeneration and aiding in the repair of damaged tissues. Chaga cream has proven to promote the growth of healthy cells;
Chaga is potent source of antioxidant enzymes like superoxide dismutase that keep your skin nourished and moisturized through the day, improving your skin's elasticity and natural glow
Regular use of Chaga creams and lotions appears to help slow down the natural ageing process.
When broken down, the Chaga mushroom contains over 215 phytonutrients. These are chemical compounds that protect plants from germs and other threats. When entered into the human body, phytonutrients unleash both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Interestingly enough, Chaga’s DNA is 30 percent closer to human DNA than most other plants. On average Chaga has 50 times more superoxide dismutase (SOD) than any other known plant/mushroom.
Russian scientists were the first to make cream from Chaga and quickly noticed the positive effects it had on the human body, particularly with veins and joints. They were pleasantly surprised to find how easily Chaga ingredients were able to penetrate human skin and quickly spread throughout the body. This combined with the endless health benefits and the fact that Chaga contains zero toxic compounds made it the perfect super food.
A recent study conducted by Tufts University found the Chaga ranks the highest among the world's best-known super plants including Acai berries, Goji berries, prunes, pomegranates, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, kale, cranberries, and Garlic. It’s estimated that only one gram of Chaga provides the same medicinal benefits as approximately three pounds of blueberries or four ounces of Goji berries.
There is much to be learned about Chaga and many of the it’s benefits have been and are still being evaluated. However, it should be noted the research that has been completed was assessed and found to be safe and effective by Government-run organizations such as the FDA and Health Canada.
Throughout human history, people have enjoyed the numerous benefits of using the Chaga for medicinal reasons. Generations of people from around the world have seen the it aid in chronic inflammation, cholesterol, anti-aging, and everything in between. However, no matter what the reasons are for considering taking Chaga, remember professional medical consultation should always be sought prior to doing so.