- Made with Organic Chaga
- Powered by Fermentation
- Infused with Essential Oils
- Fights the Effects of Aging by Protecting Against Free Radical Damage to Cells†
- Supports Collagen Biosynthesis to Support Healthy-Looking Skin
- Helps Alleviate the Effects of Stress†
- Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten Free
Fermented Chaga—Antioxidant Protection†
With a Full-Spectrum Fermented Chaga Blend, Fermented Warming Botanical Blend, Organic Ashwagandha Extract and an Organic Fermented Bitter Botanical Blend, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Chaga is specially formulated to provide antioxidant protection.†
What Sets Ancient Apothecary Mushrooms Apart?
- Live Fermentation
- Essential Oils Infusion
- Organic Herbs & Spices
- Warming Botanicals
- Digestive Bitters
Ancient Apothecary Fermented Mushroom formulas are powered by fermentation—our own proprietary, patent-pending, dual-stage, live fermentation process.
What is fermentation and why is it important?
Fermentation is an ancient process used to break down food into more absorbable components. During the fermentation process, microorganisms use aerobic and anaerobic metabolism to convert food compounds into powerful metabolites.
Here are some key benefits of fermentation:
- Fermentation pre-digests nutrients and beneficial compounds into more accessible and bioavailable forms.†
- In some instances, fermentation can actually make certain foods more edible and more digestible, such as roots, leaves, nuts, tubers, seeds and grains.†
- Fermentation can increase the presence of probiotics in the food.
Each Ancient Apothecary Mushroom formula is infused with Organic Essential Oils and CO2 extracts to provide lipo-soluble phytonutrients with powerful antioxidant properties.
The Power of Essential Oils: A Little Bit Goes a Long Way for Health
Essential oils are often referred to as the “life blood and immune system” of plants and trees. They are the concentrated oils of herbs, plants and trees—approximately 50 times more potent than the plants they come from!
For example, it takes approximately 3,000 lemons to make one kilo of lemon essential oil, while one 15mL bottom of lemon essential oil takes about 75 lemons! To go deeper, there are nearly 300 drops in a 15mL bottle, so 1 drop of lemon essential oil is made by using ¼ of a whole lemon!
Likewise, 150 pounds of lavender is necessary for just one pound of pure lavender essential oil, while one 15mL bottle of lavender oil requires 27 square feet of lavender plants. With approximately 300 drops of lavender oil in a 15mL bottle, one drop equals nearly .09 square feet of lavender plants.
For peppermint oil, one 15mL bottle requires approximately one pound of peppermint plants, and it takes 5,000 tons of rose petals to get one gallon of rose oil.
Of course, these are approximations, but you get the picture: there’s a whole lot of beneficial plant life in essential oils.
These precious oils can be distilled or extracted using CO2 and bottled, and when steam distilled, essential oils keep the “frequency” that they had when they resided in the plant.
Additionally, essential oils provide lipo-soluble fractions of plants. Since plants contain both water- and fat- soluble active compounds, we believe it important to consume a full spectrum of beneficial compounds. Fats and oils are required for the effective delivery of key antioxidant compounds.
Therefore, essential oils infused into herbal formulas can serve as a delivery system for these powerful botanicals.
Here’s the bottom line: Essential oils are some of Nature’s wonders, in that they serve to bring the body back into balance, thereby supporting overall health. In fact, they are extremely potent and can provide support for every bodily system.†
That’s why you’ll find essential oils in each and every Ancient Apothecary Fermented Mushrooms.
The Importance of Organic Mushrooms and Herbs
It’s no secret that in conventionally grown foods, including mushrooms and herbs, farmers use a variety of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides synthetic fertilizers and many other "processing agents' which often remain in and on the food or herbs. Even washing these foods or herbs can’t get many of these off the produce.
Why? Because nearly 20 percent of the 17,000 (or more) pesticides in use today are known as systemic pesticides—those which reside inside the plant via its root system and have permeated the plant. That’s means they’re everywhere within the plants themselves and can’t be washed off.
Many studies and reports point to the adverse health effects of these chemicals in and on our food, which is why many choose to go organic. That reason alone is enough to make going organic is all the rage these days.
But another important benefit of organic food, including mushrooms and herbs, is that, because they’re grown organically, these plants are able to produce their own natural defenses against pests.
As a result, these plants are more resilient and defense-supporting by nature (literally) and have some of the very compounds and natural defenses that we can and often should include in our diet. For example, the resilient antioxidants and beneficial compounds found in plants are beneficial and even necessary for our bodies so that we can keep our own defenses strong.†
That’s why you’ll find these health-supporting organic mushrooms and herbs in each and every Ancient Apothecary Fermented Mushrooms.
PLUS, each Ancient Apothecary Mushroom formula contains an Organic Fermented Warming Botanical Blend of black pepper, ginger, long pepper and sprouted cumin to support healthy digestion, bioavailability of nutrients, healthy circulation, metabolism and overall energy.†
In Ayurveda, black pepper, long pepper and ginger are used for supporting healthy digestion, circulation, nutrient assimilation and metabolism.† It is tied to the Sanskrit word trikatu, meaning three spices or three peppers. Trikatu is an Ayurvedic blend of the fruits of black pepper, long pepper and the rhizomes of ginger.
Each Ancient Apothecary Fermented Mushroom formula also contains an Organic Fermented Bitter Botanical Blend of milk thistle, dandelion and peppermint to support healthy digestion and liver function as well as bioavailability of nutrients.†
Bitter botanicals or "bitters" are regarded for their ability to support healthy liver function, while also supporting healthy digestion and nutrient absorption.† Additionally, bitters can help support nervous system health and a healthy immune system as well as promoting healthy energy levels.†
By combining the benefits of organic fermented botanicals, whole organic herbs and spices, hot water herbal extracts and lipo-soluble fractions, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Mushroom formulas provide a full-spectrum infusion of the best that Nature has to offer!
The Power of Antioxidants
Antioxidants are nutrients in plant foods known as phytochemicals and are found in deeply colored fresh fruits and vegetables as well as other plants and foods, including fungi (mushrooms).
Antioxidants have the uncanny power to take destructive free radicals and convert them to harmless waste products that the body can eliminate. In short, antioxidants act as scavengers to support the body’s cells, tissues and overall health.†
You may be wondering why free radicals are undesirable. Long story short, a free radical is a molecule with one electron missing, which leaves free radicals highly unstable. In their instability, they attack stable molecules to rob them of their electrons—causing a cascade of new free radicals to form and wreak havoc on the body.
Science has come a long way in determining just how powerful antioxidants are, but a long time ago, science wasn’t part of the equation. It was more cause-and-effect through experience. Take, for instance, our ancestors, the hunter-gatherers. Hunting and gathering was how people obtained their food for hundreds of thousands of years prior to the onset of agriculture.
It was a time of “survival of the fittest,” and savvy hunter-gatherers learned to choose food sources high in beneficial antioxidants. They didn’t know why these foods helped them. They just knew that they did.
Since that time, scientists have discovered the mechanisms behind the benefits of antioxidants as well as giving foods a “rating” for their antioxidant power. It’s called the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale, a rating scale that scientists put together to measure foods’ antioxidant content.
Science has come a long way in understanding the many health benefits offered by antioxidants.
Here are some things now knows about antioxidants:
- They support healthy cells.†
- They support cardiovascular health.†
- They can support healthy immune function.†
- They can slow down the effects of Father Time.†
- They may assist in a healthy weight.†
In short, antioxidants have withstood the test of time and are still delivering benefits today.
Chaga Mushroom Antioxidant Benefits for Cell Health and Skin Health†
Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) has a long history of use. It grows on birch trees and is one of the most potent antioxidants known to humankind.
Of course, mushrooms are fungi, which are so distinct in nature that they are classified as their own kingdom—separate from plants or animals. While there are approximately 140,000 species of mushroom-forming fungi in the world, science is familiar with only approximately 10%, while only 100 species or so are being studied for their potential health benefits.
Chaga is an important mushroom, too.
Here are some other interesting observations about chaga mushrooms:
- Chaga has an ORAC value of 52,0000, one of the highest in the world.
- 5,300 years ago, chaga was used as a remedy and is still used as one today.
- There are 215 phytochemicals identified in chaga.
- There is more superoxide dismutase, also known as SOD, in chaga than in other beneficial mushrooms. SOD is considered to be one of the most—if not the most—powerful antioxidants in the body, which can help to fight free radicals.†
- There are 29 different polysaccharide derivatives found in chaga, making it a potent mushroom for supporting cellular health.†
Overall, chaga is an antioxidant superstar that supports cellular health and skin health. † Additionally, it can serve as a primary adaptogen, immune system supporter, and giving support for healthy detoxification. †
Part of chaga’s power, as mentioned, is from its ample amount of SOD it delivers—and SOD is an enzyme antioxidant that helps fight off free radicals at the mitochondrial level in the cells.†
Mitochondria, of course, are known as the energy “batteries” of cells—powering various functions of the cells and the entire organism.
Understandably, all the cells of the body can be adversely affected by free radicals or oxidative stress and not be visible to the naked eye, but the skin can tell the tale. In fact, it can develop numerous issues as a result of free radicals.
As a result of the normal aging, the speed at which our cells can repair themselves against free radical damage naturally slows down. As a result, this damage can accumulate, and the skin can start to show wrinkles, blemishes, pigmentation spots and an overall “dullness.”
Those can all be subtle reminders of free radicals at work, but the damage of free radicals can go way beyond those and can have highly unhealthy effects.
Antioxidants such as chaga can help supply antioxidants—not only supporting healthy skin aging, but also supporting overall health so that cells function as they should.†
That same SOD power of chaga also serves to benefit the skin by helping to support collagen biosynthesis and tissue health. † Collagen is a protein made up of amino acids and is found in the human body. Collagen supports bodily tissues and is a major component of the extracellular matrix that supports cells.†
Collagen helps to give skin its elasticity, strength and its water-proof nature, and loss of collagen can lead to sagginess, premature wrinkles, fine lines and more. Collagen production declines with the normal aging process, but it can also be damaged by too much exposure to sun and other forms of oxidative stress, including smoking and environmental toxins.
Antioxidants can help fight those free radicals.
Ancient Apothecary Fermented Chaga also contains ashwagandha in the form of Organic Ashwagandha Extract (Root and Leaf).
Ashwagandha is well-known for being a stress buster, but is also contains compounds which provide high levels of antioxidants, which can help fight free radicals and their damage—including those that can affect the skin and its appearance, keeping it smoother and more youthful-looking.†
In addition, this clinically studied ashwagandha ingredient can:
- Reduce physical, emotional and mental stress†
- Boost energy and reduce fatigue†
- Enhance focus and mental stamina†
- Assist in restoring and sustaining energy levels†
- Support healthy cardiovascular function†
- Help to support restful sleep†
Combined with the bioavailability-boosting, nutrient-absorbing, digestion-supporting, and healthy circulation, metabolism and energy benefits of the Organic Fermented Warming Botanical Blend PLUS the digestion- and liver-supporting and bioavailability-boosting benefits of the Organic Fermented Botanical Blend AND the power of clinically studied Ashwagandha, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Chaga is an antioxidant superstar!†
These work synergistically in the body. For example, one antioxidant may work in places in the body where another can’t go.
That’s why it’s smart to have an “arsenal” of antioxidants such as what is in Fermented Chaga.
To Use: Adults take 3 capsules daily with 8 ounces of water or your favorite beverage. May be taken with or without food.
Results May Vary**
*At time of manufacture