Originating from cold regions like Siberia, Northern Canada, Alaska, and some northern parts of the continental United States, Chaga mushrooms have been used for centuries and have been sought for their medicinal contribution in boosting immunity and overall health. Although labeled as mushrooms, Chaga is more closely related to the woody bracket fungi family or those dark, woody botanicals that prefer to grow on the barks of trees (Chaga mushrooms like to grow on birch trees), and can even thrive on already decaying ones. Rich in antioxidants, Chaga mushrooms are ideally prepared to be consumed as a tea drink.
Benefits of Chaga Mushrooms
There are limited studies about the benefits of Chaga but to name a few, it is known to help with the following:
Taking Chaga has resulted in reducing inflammation which can help one feel more active and feel less pain as they move about. Chaga helps regulate cytokine production which may aid in controlling inflammation. Chaga has also been linked to fighting autoimmune conditions as well as other minor diseases.
- amino acids
- vitamin D
- B-complex vitamins
Slow Down Aging
Being rich in antioxidants, Chaga can help fight toxins in the body, therefore, leading to a healthier state of mind and body from a cellular level.
Help Lower LDL Cholesterol
Another benefit of being rich in antioxidants is that it may help reduce “bad cholesterol” in individuals with significant levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and may be an agent in preventing cardiovascular-related diseases.
May Prevent Cancers
More importantly, an antioxidant-rich diet may be able to prevent cancers as a precautionary supplement to help the body have healthier cells.
Control Blood Sugar
For centuries Chaga has been taken to help lower blood sugar in individuals. In a 2006 study, rats were given Chaga for 8 weeks and evaluated to have shown lower sugar levels.
How To Prepare Chaga Mushroom Tea
Do not boil the Chaga in high heat as this process may lead to the loss of essential ingredients and make the Chaga ineffective. Instead, lower down the heat to the lowest point and add your Chaga chunks in your prepared boiled water and let it simmer in low heat (you can simmer the Chaga chunks for up to 8 hours). This will extract all the good Chaga ingredients which you can then enjoy as your tea.
To start a Chaga tea-drinking habit, you may first have 1 cup of Chaga mushroom tea per day, then slowly increase to 3 cups per day, which you can take in the morning, noon & night. Taking 2-3 cups of Chaga mushroom in tea form per day can help boost the immune system, as well as benefit from the rich antioxidants that it can give us.
Safety and Precautions
- Chaga is rich in potassium and magnesium, which will be naturally eliminated from the body through the kidneys and liver. But over-consumption of potassium and magnesium may put the kidneys to work twice as much and may lead to kidney and/or liver-related diseases.
- If you are taking any medication to lower blood sugar, taking Chaga mushrooms, which also help in lowering blood sugar, may cause further effects.
- If you are pregnant or suspect that you might be pregnant, as well as for other health concerns, it is best to consult with your health practitioner to give you the safety clearance that you can take Chaga mushroom tea.
In all things positive, tea is always an enjoyable treat. Make it a whole lot healthier by trying Chaga mushrooms to complete your day and diet.