WHAT IS CHAGA MUSHROOM?
Chaga (Inonotus Obliquus), is a parasitic fungus that grows on birch trees in the northern hemispheres such as Russia, North-East Europe and Korea. It can also be found in Some Northern States of the US and the Canada region. Chaga appears to look like burnt coal but it is packed with anti-oxidants. It’s dark burnt look comes from its high melanin count but deep inside it has a yellowish-orange color.
It can take up to five years for Chaga to fully develop so to get the highest levels of nutrients it is important to get it from a source that harvests it in the correct way and in the ideal conditions. You also want to look for companies that use sustainable harvesting practices.
HOW DO I USE CHAGA?
Chaga can be consumed in several ways but the most popular is as a tea or tincture. You can also purchase it in a capsule or a powder form.
Chaga has several benefits such as:
- Nutritional Support in the fight against Cancer
- Reduces Inflammation
- Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Viral
- Improved Physical Endurance
- Lowers Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
- Aides in Digestion
- Protects the Liver
WHAT? THERE ARE SIDE EFFECTS?
Although Chaga has a long list of benefits, a review from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York showed that Chaga mushrooms may increase the effects of anticoagulant medications such as aspirin and warfarin. This can elevate your risk for bleeding and bruising.
Chaga mushrooms should not be used when taking intravenous applications of glucose and penicillin. If you are pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare provider prior to taking.
Be sure to store Chaga unopened, or opened in a cool, dark and dry place.