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Chaga 101

Chaga is a functional mushroom used in traditional medicine, dense with benefits.

Chaga Mushroom

Grown in Canada, Siberia, and North America on birch trees, chaga mushrooms often look like clumps of dirt with a dark exterior, but on closer inspection, the interior flesh is orange.

Filled with nutrients

Chaga mushrooms are filled with vitamins and minerals including vitamin D, potassium, rubidium, cesium, amino acids, fiber, B-complex vitamins, zinc, selenium, copper, calcium, iron, manganese, and magnesium.

Immune system support

Chaga could help to regulate cytokine production, thus improving the immune system.

Cytokines are chemical messengers for the immune system that help the cells communicate with one another.

Slow aging

Oxidative stress causes wrinkles, gray hair, and sagging skin. Chaga can help to slow down the aging process caused by this stress thanks to its high antioxidant count.

Lower Cholesterol

Chaga mushrooms to reduce the low-density lipoprotein (LDL), known as “bad” cholesterol, in the body.

The antioxidants also likely lower cholesterol.

High cholesterol can increase the risk of developing heart disease, leaving mushrooms with an additional benefit: contributing to a healthy heart. 

Chaga Mushroom

Anti-cancer benefits

A test conducted in Petri dishes and mice slowed the growth rate of cancer cells in both.

Another study found that the triterpenes in Chaga could cause the tumor cells to destroy themselves.

Lower blood pressure

Antioxidants also contribute to lower blood pressure and improved cardiovascular health.

This reduces the risk of strokes, heart attack, and other cardiovascular problems.

Fight inflammation

The antioxidants and cytokine production mentioned earlier can also limit short-term and chronic inflammation in the body.