There are many health benefits of Chaga Mushrooms ("Chaga"), but these are the 3 you need to experience for yourself.
What are Chaga Mushrooms?
Chaga Mushrooms grow on the side of Birch trees and look like dark lumps of deformed bark (see pic above). Chaga mushrooms also have a deep orange internal color, which makes them easy to properly identify.
The health benefits of Chaga Mushrooms have been studied extensively and have shown to be incredible for human health.
Even the Superfood Hunter Darin Olien has multiple YouTube videos promoting Chaga and advocates people drink Chaga tea daily to help reverse aging and boost immune function.
See Darin’s video on the Health Benefits of Chaga Tea Here
3 Incredible health Benefits of chaga mushrooms
Health benefit CHAGA #1: It’s Loaded with Micro-nutrients
Chaga mushrooms contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, including:
Health Benefit CHAGA #2: LOWER cholesterol
Chaga mushrooms contain many antioxidants that may lower cholesterol by reducing LDL or “bad cholesterol.”
In one particular study, Chaga was shown to lower bad cholesterol, while also increasing the prevalence super oxide dismutase and other antioxidants in the blood stream.
Health Benefit of CHAGA #3: improved immune Function
As previously mentioned, one of the most talked about benefits of Chaga Mushrooms is it’s ability to improve immune function. One study on mice showed that Chaga may positively influence the production of Cytokines, which are essential to regulating immune function.
Darin Olien, in his book, Superlife, recommends Chaga Tea during outbreaks of colds and flu for this reason.
The next time you get a cold, try treating it with Chaga Tea instead of cold medicine or chicken soup.
HOW TO USE CHAGA MUSHROOMS
As will all superfoods, it is always best to discuss your diet plan with your doctor before starting any health protocol; especially if you are currently on any regular prescription drugs.
All disclaimers aside, the best to use Chaga is as a stand alone tea or as an addition to your regular favorite tea. Chaga doesn’t have a lot of flavor, but does add a pleasant earthy hint to most teas.
Chaga Tea bags can be found at your local health food store and are super convenient. Chaga can also be bought in bulk as a raw food powder (our preferred form).
Note: When adding raw powder to tea, start with a 1/4 teaspoon and then adjust for taste. However, most studies showed therapeutic dosages to be around 500 mg daily.
SIDE EFFECTS and Risks of Chaga Mushrooms
Like all things in life, Chaga is not for everyone.
Some studies have shown Chaga to lower blood sugar, so those taking insulin or already struggling with low blood sugar should be cautious.
When experimenting with any new supplement, it is important to keep track of how it makes you feel, and to stop immediately if you have any symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as: fever, itchy or red skin, trouble breathing.
We recommend keeping a notebook containing notes regarding your workouts, supplements, etc. for this purpose. Then, it will be easier to discuss with your doctor.
Conclusion: Chaga is an amazing superfood that has been shown to provide number benefits to human health. We recommend you do more reading on the benefits of Chaga Mushrooms, as we have only highlighted three of the key benefits here.
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