When to Drink Chaga Tea?

Chaga mushrooms have powerful health benefits. The best way to consume Chaga is in a drink called Chaga tea. You may be wondering the best times to drink Chaga to maximize health benefits. Here is everything you need to know about when to drink Chaga tea:

Getting Started

First, you need to know that you cannot overdose on Chaga, but it is important to start off in moderation to see how your body responds to the potent effects of Chaga. Before you start drinking Chaga tea, you may want to talk to your healthcare provider if you struggle with blood sugar issues, such as diabetes, or take blood thinners. Chaga has may have an impact blood sugar and blood pressure.


When to Drink Chaga Tea

Start with one to two cups of tea a day. You can steep the tea to your personal preference of darkness.  Although there is no caffeine in Chaga, many Chaga users report a boost in energy after drinking Chaga tea. This boost is ideal in the morning and in the early afternoon. Chaga tea is often used as an alternative to coffee. Because of this energy boost, you may want to avoid drinking Chaga in the evening. It could keep you awake at night. Once you have been drinking Chaga for awhile and know how your body responds, you can determine the best times of day to sip the tea.

Cold and Flu Season

Fall Scene

Enjoy fall without dreading the cold and flu season.

Chaga is also thought to be an adaptogen. An adaptogen can regulate the immune system; boosting proper function, while fighting inflammation. This makes it an ideal drink for the cold and flu season. You may want to increase the amount you drink during the fall and winter to help stave off nasty viruses. In addition to keeping you healthy, an article from Mother Earth News points out that Chaga tea could improve mood and help fight off melancholy feelings. The dark seasons of fall and winter can often trigger seasonal depression. You may want to drink Chaga tea to help improve your mood throughout these darker days. The cool temperatures and the onset of fall, also make this warm, cozy, earthy drink even more desirable.

Cold Chaga for Summer

In addition to drinking Chaga hot, you can also brew it and store it in the refrigerator. In the warm months, you may prefer to enjoy it as a cold drink. You can drink it plain or blend it with a smoothy or almond milk and honey. Maintain a healthy balance by consuming Chaga all year and enjoy cool, refreshing Chaga drinks in the spring and summer.

The Perfect Time for You

You are a unique individual and everyone’s body responds differently to this healthy drink. It may take some trial to find the right amount of Chaga tea at the perfect time of day for you. Once you start drinking Chaga tea, you will begin to feel the healthy benefits of this powerful and delicious natural drink.


What Are Chaga Health Benefits?

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Brew chaga chunks for a healthy tea

Chaga has a very soothing, deeply strong vitality in it with a very satisfying taste.

Chaga is not your ordinary mushroom. To find it, you have to look up instead of down. It grows in northern regions on birch trees. This singular growth habit is what makes Chaga so special. The health benefits that come from Chaga are a direct result of its growth on birch trees.


The Benefits Of Chaga For Summertime

You cannot eat Chaga directly because it is found in very hard conks. When harvested, they can be broken into chunks. The chunks can be steeped, ground into a powder (which is also steeped for tea), or made into an extract. This preparation of Chaga is what makes the powerful, healthy components bioavailable, or able to be used by the body. Drinking Chaga tea as part of your daily routine will allow you to experience all of the Chaga health benefits.

Chaga often conjures ideas of a warm, earthy drink on cool nights. While the wind is raging outside, you can drink a cup of hot Chaga tea to stave off common wintertime ailments. While Chaga is lovely in the winter, it is also ideal for the summertime. The benefits of Chaga can be just as helpful in the spring and summer as it is in the fall and winter.


Boost Your Energy for Summer Activities

Chaga is known for boosting energy and encouraging mental clarity. In the summer, the sun comes up early and goes down late. Chaga can give you the boost of energy you need to enjoy the entire day. The boost in stamina will help you participate in all of the summertime activities you love, such as hiking, biking, gardening, and swimming. Use Chaga as an alternative to a caffeinated cup of coffee in the morning or a soda in the afternoon. It will provide many of the benefits of caffeine without the side effects, such as jitters and headaches.

Betulinic Acid

Chaga is one of the few natural foods containing betulinic acid. Many studies are currently being performed to determine the beneficial effects of betulinic acid. However, it is becoming evident that betulinic acid combats abnormal growth in certain cells, while leaving healthy cells unaffected.

Antioxidants

If you are looking for huge amounts of antioxidants, look no further than Chaga. The health benefits of antioxidants, especially from naturally derived sources are numerous. We all know about superfoods such as blueberries, pomegranates, or kale. The amount of antioxidants in Chaga is significantly greater than most foods.

The ORAC test was developed by the USDA to determine the level of antioxidants in various foods.

Superfoodly points out that the ORAC test for Chaga can vary greatly from batch to batch, depending on harvest and processing. The highest tested Chaga had a value of 146,700 μ mol TE/100g. While this number may be significantly more than what most batches of Chaga will test at, it certainly demonstrates the powerful capabilities of Chaga mushrooms.

Beta-D-Glucans

Beta-D-Glucans are a another component in Chaga that offer healthy benefits. These powerful polysaccharides work to regulate the immune system. When the immune system is overactive or non-responsive your body will not feel well. Function at your best and help ward off common ailments during cold season with the help of Beta-D-Glucans.

Indigestion

Soothing stomachs is also a common use for Chaga tea. It can address indigestion and help regulate the digestive system.

Chaga mushrooms offer a variety of health benefits. They have been used in folk medicine for various ailments throughout history. See how Chaga can improve your overall health and well being when you include it in your daily health routines.

Sources

“Chaga Mushrooms” Adaptogens.org

Photo: “Chaga Mushroom for Tea” by Will Power

Photo: “Fall Scene” by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources