WHAT ARE CHAGA MUSHROOMS?
Chaga mushrooms grow on birch trees and have been used long ago in medicine to treat cancers.
BENEFITS OF CHAGA MUSHROOMS
Research studies have found chaga mushrooms to be a potential anticancer agent especially for cancer of the cells of the liver. (Source) Cell death is a part of homeostasis in normal cells, but when tumor cells are involved, cells continue to grow and multiply with no regulation. Medicinal mushrooms have been found to have anti-tumor effects such as inhibiting growth and signaling tumor cells to exert apoptotic death (Source).
Chaga mushrooms have also been found to protect against DNA damage. (Source)
In addition, they are known to support the immune system and to work as an anti-inflammatory.
Chaga contains high levels of melanin, which is rich in antioxidants. Chaga has one of the highest ORAC scores for a food item. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. ORAC for foods measures the ability of the food to absorb free radicals in a test tube. The less free radicals that remain, the higher the ORAC score.
HOW TO USE CHAGA MUSHROOMS
Chaga Mushrooms come in chunks that can be simmered on low heat or in a crock pot then strained to make a tea. The mushroom chunks can be frozen and used again. The tea has an earthy and nutty flavor. You can use this in place of tea, mix with coffee, or drink in place of coffee. At least one company has combined coffee and mushrooms to create a mushroom coffee blend.
Have you tried Chaga Mushrooms?