Chaga Mushroom (organic) is a nutrient-dense superfood. It grows naturally in the northern hemisphere in Siberia, Russia, Korea, Alaska and Northern Canada. For many centuries, Chaga has been used in traditional Russian and northern European medicines to boost immunity. In fact, it is most often taken as an immune support supplement, and for a good reason. Chaga is rich in antioxidants, beta-glucans, melanin, betulinic acid, superoxide dismutase, triterpenes, ergosterols and trace minerals. All of our Chaga Mushrooms are from right here in Canada.
Studies show that Chaga can treat diabetes and heart disease, and in some cases, even certain forms of cancer. Research also shows Chaga can improve immunity, reduce chronic inflammation and balance blood sugar and cholesterol levels. As if that wasn’t enough encouragement, they are also extremely high in fibre. Traditionally taken as a tea, Chaga’s benefits increase when mixed with warm or cold water. You can currently find Chaga in many different forms, including supplements and capsules, often mixed with other non-psychoactive mushrooms like cordyceps.
Boosting immunity and fighting inflammation
What many don’t realize is that inflammation is a natural occurrence in the body. It represents the immune system sending extra blood to an area to assist in its repair. However, prolonged inflammation can lead to serious conditions like heart disease and arthritis. Studies have shown that Chaga can increase immunity by reducing long-term inflammation while fighting bacteria and some viruses. Similar tests show Chaga’s ability to prevent cytokine production, which can be very harmful to the body and trigger disease.
Chaga and cancer prevention
Several studies performed either in a lab or on animal test subjects show that Chaga can prevent and slow the growth of cancerous cells. In fact, in a study performed on mice, Chaga supplements resulted in a 60% reduction in tumour size. In addition, several tests have proven Chaga to prevent the growth of cancerous cells in human cells, but official human testing has not yet begun. Chaga’s ability to fight cancer results from its dense antioxidant content, specifically triterpene, killing cancer cells.
Lowering blood sugar and cholesterol
Chaga can also help to fight diabetes and blood sugar conditions. In some animal studies, Chaga not only reduced blood sugar levels but insulin resistance as well. In a similar study, Chaga was shown to reduce blood sugar levels by 31% over a three-week duration. However, without human testing, these results are inconclusive. Due to their multitude of antioxidants, Chaga is also excellent at reducing bad cholesterol levels while increasing good ones.
Side effects and safe use
For the most part, you can take Chaga regularly without any side effects. However, in certain scenarios, it can be quite dangerous. For example, anyone who is taking insulin or has diabetes could experience a sudden blood sugar level change from using Chaga. It also contains a protein that can prevent blood clotting, which can be extremely dangerous to people on blood-thinning medication, bleeding disorders, or those preparing for surgery. Above all, you should always consult a health care professional before taking any new natural health products if you are already on medication.