The chaga mushroom is a fungus that is usually found in northern climates, particularly the northern and eastern areas of Europe, northern areas of Canada and America, as well as certain parts of Russia and Korea. The chaga mushroom grows in birch forests and uses birch trees as their hosts. Chaga is best known for its unusual appearance; rather than appearing like a typical fungal mushroom, chaga has a black, burnt, charcoal like appearance. This appearance is actually due to the presence of large amounts of melanin in the fungus, which give it its dark color.
Chaga mushrooms have a long history. They have been used for centuries in folk and alternative medicine to help improve health, and in the last decade their popularity has increased exponentially due to their exposure in magazines, talk shows, social media and more.
Chaga mushrooms may help improve your health due to the presence of antioxidants as well as phenols, such as betulin and betulinic acid. Chaga mushrooms are most often consumed through making chaga tea. Chaga tea is made by extracting the chaga—usually by grating it very finely into a fine powder—and then combining it with hot water to make tea. Chaga tea is sometimes sold by companies who combine it with other ingredients, such as plants, herbs, fruits, and so on, in order to make it taste better as well as add benefits from other ingredients.
Chaga tea can help improve your health. Some people wonder if chaga mushrooms can help with herpes. Chaga mushrooms can’t cure herpes because it’s not a dug or medicine. However, chaga mushrooms do contain ingredients which may help improve your health.
If you are interested in drinking chaga tea for your health, you should note that you should not drink chaga tea if you are taking aspirin or any anticoagulation medication, as chaga mushrooms may increase the risks of bleeding and bruising. If you have diabetes and drink chaga tea, you should closely monitor your blood sugar level.
Chaga tea has been around for centuries. It is not surprising that modern people have also decided to reap the benefits of chaga tea and improve their health by drinking a cup of quality chaga tea each day. Before you purchase chaga tea, make sure you check the ingredients list; never purchase chaga tea from a company that is not willing to share their full ingredients list with you. You should also consult your physician to make sure that consuming chaga is recommended for you.