What is Chaga Used For?

Chaga and chaga tea and other products are becoming popular around the world. But with the increase in curiosity many are wondering what chaga is used for? They’re also wondering where it comes from…

Russian communities use Chaga mushrooms as part of their culture. Throughout their history and into today, Russians use chaga to promote general good health.

Chaga is abundant and naturally grows in the Northern reaches of Europe and especially in Russia. It is also found in similar climates like northern North America and Asia.

Today, researchers around the world are discovering the benefits of Chaga.

People today use chaga to promote good health and that includes a healthy immune systems and stress relief.

What Is Chaga Used For: Unique and Beneficial Growth

Chaga grows in a unique manner. Chaga generates on the inside of birch trees and then bursting through to the outside. Other mushrooms simply cling to the outside surfaces trees and begin their growth from there.

This unique method of growth allows the Chaga to incorporate some of the birch trees’ nutrients. This includes helpful antioxidants and betulinic acid.  Antioxidants are known for diffusing harmful free radicals. International Journal of Molecular Science explores the possibility that betulinic acid helps the body in various ways.

Caffeine Replacer

People consume chaga as a brewed tea, either cold or hot. This tea can have a rich and slightly bitter flavor. Many people who cannot drink caffeine use Chaga tea as a replacement for coffee and other caffeinated drinks.

It can help refresh and restore you mentally and physically. And also without the adverse side affects of caffeine, such as jitters or wakefulness during the night. With Chaga, you can look forward to the benefits of a relaxing and satisfying drink. No highs and lows that come with sugary or caffeinated beverages.

Immune System Support

According to Healthy Focus, Chaga has unique properties that encourage a healthy immune system.

Enjoy Chaga as a warm drink during the fall and winter months. It’s especially good during the height of the cold and flu season. Also, Chaga can offer digestive support, assisting in the breakdown of food and relieving discomfort.

Some people enjoy adding Chaga extract or powder to ginger ale to aid in settling the stomach and promoting healthy digestion.

Full Benefits

To experience the full benefits of Chaga and chaga tea, drink the tea several times a day for about a month. Then take five to seven days off to allow your immune system to reset.

Use Chaga extract in juices or smoothies. You can counter the bitter flavor with a small amount of honey or maple syrup. Adding cream or almond milk and a bit of honey to the tea can make an excellent, rich drink. You can enjoy with your breakfast or as an afternoon treat. Take care of your body. Enjoy all of the benefits and uses of Chaga that Russian folk medicine has been taking advantage of for so long.

Sources

https://healthyfocus.org/9-proven-benefits-of-chaga/, 10 Proven Benefits of Chaga, Healthy Focus

Photo: “Tea” by J. Mark Bertrand