Chaga is a fungus that’s incredibly rich in antioxidants and grows on birch trees in colder regions like Canada, Maine, Finland and Russia. It supports a healthy immune function and has potent compounds to help with digestion and skin health as well as being a potent anti-oxidant.
- Hot water extracted from 100% Siberian Chaga
- Still contains all non-water soluble components
- USDA Certified Organic
- Certified Kosher, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Vegan
- >8% Beta-glucans
- No added starch, mycelium, or grain of any kind
- Net Contents: 60 grams (2.1 oz)
- Verified for quality at accredited 3rd party labs
Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) is an unusual fungus – however, it is not technically a mushroom. Chaga is a hardened mass of mycelium (fungal “root” structures) and wood lignins. It develops into a hard “canker” as it feeds on its host tree (in other words, it’s a tree parasite). The bioactive molecules that the Chaga absorbs from the birch tree as it grows is what gives it medicinal properties.
Chaga may help with the following, not only for our pets but for us as well:
- Protecting DNA from oxidative damage
- Promoting healthy digestion and regulating the gut microbiome
- Promoting a healthy inflammation response
- Supporting effective immune system response
- Supporting healthy blood sugar levels
- Promoting muscle endurance and stamina
Chaga Extract Dosing for Pets
Chaga, being made up mostly of mycelium, will typically have a much lower content of beta-glucans than mushrooms. However, the other “power” molecule in this unusual type of mushroom, betulinic acid, is derived directly from the birch tree and has potent immune system-supporting power.
One study used a beta-glucan dose of 6 mg/kg of Chaga extract in laboratory animals with experimentally induced cancer. Using that as guidance, a 25 pound dog would receive 68 mg of beta-glucans from Chaga which is the equivalent of 8.5 grams (about 4 tsp) of the bulk powder daily.
Chaga, unlike other mushrooms, is high in oxalates. These can be found in other foods such as rhubarb, and spinach and can, in very large quantities lead to kidney stones. If your dog or cat has a history of bladder or kidney stones, then it is wise not to use this species of fungus.