This is What Happens When You Regularly Use Chaga
Chaga (Inonotus Obliquus) is a fascinating mushroom that can be found growing on birch trees in northern climates. From the untrained eye, Chaga mushroom doesn’t look much like a mushroom at all – its appearance is more or less that of wood or abnormal tree growth.
However, looks can be deceiving as these fungi are a renowned functional food that has been used in Russia and China for its profound pro-metabolic and various health-promoting effects. In fact, some say that regular Chaga consumption is one of the key factors in Russia’s extraordinary health, vitality, and longevity.
The Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, Russian, and other members of the Baltics praise Chaga for its effects on at metabolism and cardiac function, as well as its ability to improve immune function. Chaga contains a variety of known medicinal constituents such as beta-glucans, polysaccharides, phytosterols, beneficial acids and others that attribute to its favorable biological actions.
The Benefits of Daily Chaga Consumption
Below we will cover some of the various study’s performed on the continual consumption of Chaga. 1
- Regular consumption of Chaga provides immunomodulatory effects that exhibit a profound effect against inhibiting viruses like hepatitis C and even HIV.
- Chaga intake can help you lose unwanted weight and increase your ability to burn fat by promoting lipid metabolism.
- Consuming Chaga regularly can prevent various cancers by suppressing the communication between cancer cell lines, inhibiting aromatase activity and by modulating the microbiome in the favor of probiotic bacteria.
- One study found that a daily dose of Chaga extract (6 mg/day) improved metabolic rate and body temperature while suppressing cancer progression.
- Taking Chaga extract on a regular basis is a great way to preserve your health and beauty. Chaga contains SOD (superoxide dismutase), one of the most powerful antioxidants produced by the body. Therefore, Chaga can help prevent oxidative stress, which otherwise ages and mutates cells causing things like wrinkles and cellular aging.
Where Can I Find Chaga?
Chaga can forage in the wild of northern climates, such as the wilderness of Northern Russia, Canada or the forests of North East America. It will most likely be growing on the side of the matured birch tree; however, even for skilled foragers who know the details of how to successfully forage for Chaga is not easy to come by.
The good news is that there a variety of places online to source high quality wild harvested or organic Chaga. If you are lucky enough to find it, you can prepare a strong tea, extraction or decoction for tonics, which is necessary to break down the tough cell walls where the medicine lies.
Organic, prepared extract powders solve the problems of finding Chaga in the wild and also the time length processes involved in extraction or decoction. Powdered extracts dissolve perfectly in water without any residues, making them excellent to add to coffee, tea, smoothies or other elixirs.
Chaga Elixir Recipe
While the most traditional way to consume Chaga is by making Chaga tea, below we’ve provided a simple and delicious “Chaga Elixir” recipe that can be made in seconds.
- Brew some filtered water just below a boil.
- Pour hot water into a high-speed blender.
- Add 1 tbsp. of grass-fed ghee, 1 tsp. of Chaga extract, ¼ tsp. of vanilla extract and fresh maple syrup to taste.
- Blend for 30 seconds, pour and enjoy hot!