Chaga or Inonotus obliquus is a type of fungus which grows on the birch trees of Siberia and other cold regions like Alaska and Northern Canada. While it is often referred to as a mushroom, chaga does not resemble any mushroom that we are familiar with and botanists are undecided whether it should be classed as a mushroom at all. Chaga contains very significant amounts of powerful antioxidants with far reaching health applications. Other key chemical ingredients include polysaccharides, phytosterols and triterpenes like botulin and betulinic acid which give chaga a diverse range of therapeutic benefits.  
Ergosterol peroxide specifically is a medically interesting component of Chaga.  Ergosterol peroxide has shown anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and  immunosuppressive capabilities in the lab. A strong and healthy immune system is essential to good overall health and protection against illness. Chaga is understood to be an adaptogen simultaneously working in two directions to helps boost and modulate the immune system. Many experts consider it to be one of the most potent natural foods for autoimmune diseases.INFLAMMATORY CONDITIONS. A variety of the compounds contained in chaga such as betulinic acid and inotodiol work to reduce dangerous inflammation within the body. Inflammation can be extremely harmful and left unchecked might lead to serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and rheumatoid arthritis. ULCERS AND GASTRITIS Because of its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory abilities, chaga has traditionally been used to support intestinal health and treat ulcers. According to research, chaga might be a useful alternative treatment for ulcers and inflammatory bowel syndrome. HEART HEALTH As well as protecting the heart by its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nature, the betulinic acid in chaga is known to help break down the bad LDL cholesterol in the body. Research conducted in Russia way back in the 1950s discovered that chaga had a beneficial effect on high blood pressure but no studies have been conducted since then. Be sure to consult your doctor if you have hypertension and are considering taking chaga supplements. CANCER Chaga extract has been approved as a treatment for various types of cancer in Russia since the 1950s. The betulinic acid found in chaga mushrooms is known to induce apoptosis or cell death and prevent tumors from developing. A number of research articles have confirmed that chaga has exciting anti-tumor potential. DIGESTION Chaga can be drunk as a healthy tea and is a great way to keep your digestive system in excellent shape. It helps relieve indigestion and other digestive pain while keeping the digestive system working smoothly. Chaga stimulates digestive bile production which helps break down food especially stubborn fats and allows them to be absorbed more easily. Chaga is also a great source of dietary fiber. SKIN HEALTH Chaga gets its distinctive dark color because of its very high melanin content. Melanin is a powerful antioxidant that is known to protect the genes and the DNA. Melanin is also the main pigment present in our skin and experts suggest that chaga’s melanin content can enhance the health of your skin, keeping it beautiful and supple. It can help protect both the skin and hair from sun damage and might even help diminish the size of age spots. LIVER DETOX Because of its incredible antioxidant activity, chaga tea or supplements are an ideal addition to any detox diet plan. The betulin present in chaga is also known to have a liver detoxifying effect helping you clean out the system and start afresh. MANAGES FEELINGS OF STRESS On top of all the wonderful abilities of chaga tea, it is also considered an adaptogen. Adaptogens help keep your body in balance, by making sure all systems aren’t going into overdrive. By keeping a quiet balance in your body, you are better able to cope with stressful situations. Typically during stressful situations the body’s first response is to release a wave of stress hormones, which contribute to feelings of fatigue and stress. Stress management is necessary to maintaining your health, so at the end of a bad day, kick back and relax with a soothing cup of Chaga tea.



Chaga Mushroom Bark

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