Chaga mushroom or Inonotus obliquus is a fungus that grows abundantly on birch trees. It is mostly found in northern regions, including the northern part of the United States, Canada, Russia, and part of northern China. It has been used medicinally for years, and some of its health properties come from the birch itself.
1. A powerful antioxidant
Chaga mushroom contains the highest concentration of Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), an enzyme that repairs and protects cells from free radical damage.
It also has the highest ORAC rating or measure of the antioxidant capacity of any super-food.
2. Help control blood pressure and cholesterol levels
Bad cholesterol in the bloodstream will improve due to the betulinic acid contained in the Chaga mushroom
3. Strengthen the immune system
Chaga mushroom contains Beta-D-Glucans, which helps to balance the body’s immune system response. Helps boost the immune system when needed and slows it down when overactive.
4. Protects against infection
Chaga mushrooms are rich in substances that prevent the growth of bacteria, fungi, viruses, germs, and candida.
5. Skin Care
Chaga mushrooms are added as an exfoliant to skin scrubs and soaps. Chaga face creams containing antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties are also available on the market today.
1. Chaga tea
- 1 quarter of the water
- Small Chaga chunks
- Maple syrup (optional)
- Nut milk (optional)
1. Simmer Chaga chunks in 1-quart water for at least 10 minutes. If the color is that of light tea, simmer a little longer.
2. Strain and put nut milk and maple syrup if desired.
2. Chaga Smoothie
- 1 cup of cold Chaga tea
- 1 cup berries. frozen
- 1/2 sliced bananas, frozen
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- Pinch of allspice (optional)
1. Combine all ingredients and add a pinch of allspice and cinnamon.
2. Blend until smooth.
Note: You can add more Chaga tea if the consistency is too thick