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Freguently Asked Questions

How does the real Siberian Chaga mushroom look?

The Chaga on the right picture is a genuine Siberian Chaga.Siberian chaga mushroom

Is Siberian Chaga better than Chaga originated from other areas?

Yes. It has much more biologically active substances than Chaga harvested in other areas. This can be proved by the certificate of analysis.

What is better Chaga tea or Chaga extract?

Chaga tea is a dried and ground Chaga mushroom. When infused correctly the tea acquires a pleasant taste and some health-supporting properties. But the concentration of biologically active substances in this drink is not significant. On the other hand, Chaga extract is a highly concentrated powder produced by hot water extraction.

This extract powder is full of antioxidants and is very popular among health-minded people.

Is your Chaga extract safe?

Yes, if taken in the recommended amount.

I've heard that Siberian Chaga extract is an anticancer medicine. Is that true?

Siberian Chaga extract is not a medicine. It is currently classified as a dietary food supplement. We recommend to conduct your own research and explore multiple studies done in different countries here.

Can you provide a Certificate of Analysis for your Chaga extract?

Yes, small copies of the document are published here. We can provide full copies to our customers.

Where do you harvest your Chaga?

We collect our Chaga from Russian Eastern Siberia taiga forests, Altai mountains, Tomsk region, Northern Irkutsk region and Khakassia. These are the areas with winter temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celcius. These huge areas are very thinly populated and have no industries around. The lack of industries and harsh climate conditions make our Chaga ecologically clean and full of healthy phytonutrients.

Is your Chaga mushroom wild-grown or cultivated?

Our Chaga is handpicked from wildcrafted birch trees growing in the wilderness of Siberian taiga of Russia.

What extraction method do you use for your Chaga extract?

Our Chaga extract is produced with water extraction method.

I've heard that dual extraction method is better for Chaga than water method, is it true?

We don't do it. First, there is not much to extract from Chaga by alcohol. They say they are obtaining lots of betulin or even betulinic acid from Chaga with the dual extraction. This is not true because even wildcrafted Chaga mushroom contains a very tiny amount of betulin. Let alone artificially cultivated Chaga which contain neither betulin nor melanin. The main ingredient of Chaga is melanin (chromogenic complex) - and it can be derived only from wild Chaga mushroom and only by water.

Secondly, the insignificant amount of betulin that can be drawn from Chaga by alcohol is not worth the cost.

Thirdly, if Chaga was not collected from a wild birch tree and the extract had not been freeze-dried - all the talking about extraction methods doesn't make any sense. So instead of searching for some fancy extraction methods, make sure the raw material comes from the right place and the dehydration process was not done with the application of the heat.

How about betulinic acid content in Chaga?

Chaga mushroom doesn't contain any betulinic acid at all. It doesn't exist in natural form in Chaga or anywhere else. In order to produce any amount of betulinic acid, a highly purified betulin should be processed. And all this process is too expensive to consider mass production. 

Is there any fake Chaga extract on the market?

  • The extract can be made from fermented (artificial) Chaga, instead of wild-grown chaga. In this case, you won't get the real Chaga benefits, if any.
  • The extract can be made by way of adding some other similar in color dried mushroom. As a result, the extract will have dark brown color and high content of polysaccharides. But the chromogenic complex amount will be very little or absent. Such mostly useless extract would have a distinctive mushroomy smell.
  • Chaga can be dried and ground to a very fine powder which would become water-soluble. The addition of colorants would make it quite difficult to distinguish from real Chaga extract. Only the structure of powder particles, color and taste may help to define whether it is the real freeze-dried extract.fake-extract The freeze-dried extract has solid, glistening crystals and doesn't have any mushroomy smell at all. 
  • In the picture, you can see the example. of Chaga powder, not extract. According to the package label, this is "Chaga powder" - there is no word "extract". This is just Chaga powder but merchants may claim this is Chaga extract powder.

Do your Chaga products contain caffeine?

No - none of our products contain caffeine or any other types of stimulants of any kind.

Are the products vegan and gluten-free?

Yes! There are no animal or wheat products in our products.

How can I order and pay?

You can order Chaga extract from our online store. We accept PayPal /credit cards.

Do you offer our Chaga extract in wholesale?

Yes, we do. Also, we offer private labeling if necessary. The minimum order for the discounted price is 20kg. 

"Chromogenic complex content in Baikal Chaga extract exceeds 57% “  I don’t understand this message.  I just wonder what the rest of your 43% is?  I just think the content of each package is 100% Chaga?

Our Chaga extract is made from 100% Siberian Chaga mushroom. As well as any organic product Chaga has its chemical composition which consists of many different substances (polysaccharides, Beta-glucans, polyphenols, flavonoids, trace elements, vitamins, and minerals). But only wild-grown Chaga mushroom contains chromogenic complex – a set of humic acids and melanin which makes Chaga so powerful. Raw Chaga possesses only 15-18% of Chromogenic complex content, whereas good Chaga extract should have a minimum of 45%. The amount of melanin in our Chaga extract is more than 57%!