Supplements are a great way for you to enhance your health. Each different supplement has their own benefits so you should be aware of what these supplements are before you take any. This is everything that you need to know about chaga mushrooms and what they can do for you.
What is Chaga Mushroom?
Chaga mushrooms are a highly concentrated mass of mycelium. The exterior of the chaga is dark and cracked, almost like a chunk of charcoal, while the inside is a yellowish-brown color. Chaga mushrooms are anon-toxic mushroom that has long been used in the East for centuries. Typically used as a tea, it was consumed as because of its widely known health benefits. In recent years, it has become increasingly popular in the West for these same health benefits.
Where does it come from?
Interestingly, this mushroom comes from birch trees that are infected with a parasitic fungus called “Inonotus Obliquus”. This fungus is non-toxic and can also infect other trees in addition to just birch trees. It is most often found in birch forests across the globe but especially Russia, Korea, Japan, Northern Europe, and various other regions.
How does it grow?
Chaga mushrooms grow by causing a white “heart rot” to form in its host tree. The spores of the chaga mushroom will then enter the tree through these wounds that can appear on the tree including any very poorly healed branches. The chaga spores will continue to cause the tree to decay from the inside. The masses will continue to grow until the tree has died.
In Russia, the chaga mushroom is a traditional folk medicine treatment for many health concerns including as a cancer therapy. It was even featured in the novel “Cancer Ward” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. There is a lot of medical research currently ongoing about its folk uses in medicine.
This is often used as a tea, traditionally being grated down into a fine powder, though people often use it in smoothies as well. You can also use this powder on items like soups to add more into your diet. There are quite a few important nutrients that can be found in chaga mushrooms, including:
- Beta D-Glucans
- Betulin/Betulinic Acid (Triterpenes)
These are the 6 primary nutrients that are found in chaga mushrooms.
Uses and health benefits of Chaga Mushroom
Here are just some of the benefits of using chaga mushrooms:
- Normalizes Blood Pressure
- Normalizes Cholesterol Levels
- Improves the Immune System
- Antimicrobial Properties
- Antiviral Properties
- Protects the DNA from Damage
- Soothing Properties
- Has Melanin
- Boosts Healing and Longevity
- Helps Digestion
These are just some of the many health benefits of using chaga mushrooms.
Cautions and Side effects
There are some side effects that you should be aware of, including:
- Interacts with insulin medicines, potentially raising your risk of hypoglycemia.
- It may enhance the effects of certain anticoagulant medicines like warfarin and aspirin, leading to a bleeding risk.
As with any other medicine or supplement, you should discuss taking chaga mushrooms with your doctor.