Scientifically known as InonotusObliquus, Chaga mushroom is a parasitic fungusfound on birch trees. It is a medicinal mushroom which looks like burnt charcoal.
It has a wide range of medicinal benefits which includes anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, antioxidant, antifungal and many others. It grows well in countries that have low temperature like Japan, North America, Finland, and Siberia. The mushroom contains many complex compounds such as oxalates, betulinic acid, terpenoids, polysaccharides and many others.
It usually powered and brewed into tea and other beverages.
Let us look at some of the Chaga mushroom powder benefits:
· Acts as an anti-inflammation agent
Chaga mushroom extract has the ability to reduce inflammation by suppressing the pro-inflammatory molecules.
· Possesses anti-tumor properties
Chaga mushroom has the ability to prevent cancer and slow its growth, giving the human body extra time to fight it. Chaga has been shown to inhibit colon and liver cancer cell growth.
· Boosts Immune system health
Chaga is a rich source of beta-glucans, which are known for their ability to support the immune system. It stimulates the growth of Cytokin molecules which are the Immune system messengers and fights the invading infections.
It acts as an immune system modulator.
· A popular adaptogen
Adaptogens are unique herbs or plants that help our body resist physical, chemical and biological stressors. These herbs are widely used in Ayurvedic healing procedures.
Chaga mushroom easily adapts to the body and fulfils its needs. Hence is one of the most popular adaptogens used.
· Inhibits oxidative stress
Oxidative stress is a disturbance in the balance between the production of free radicals and antioxidants in the body. These free radicals if not stabilized by the antioxidants can cause harm to the body.
Chaga mushroom reduces this oxidative stress as it is rich in antioxidants.
It fights free radicals which have the tendency to cause cell damage.
· Anti-aging agent
The antioxidants present in Chaga mushroom have the ability to slow down the aging process
It also reduces the visible signs of aging such as wrinkles, dull skin, pigmentation, uneven skin tone, and dark spots.
· Boosts exercise performance
Chaga extracts boosts exercise performance by reducing the fatigue and increasing the energy generation.
The compounds present in it have proven to reduce fatigue to a great extent and increase the ability to perform better.
· Prevents Ulcer and Gastritis
Chaga possesses immune boosting properties which protects our bodies from ailments like Ulcers and Gastritis easily.
· Boosts cognitive functions
The elements of Chaga extract have the ability to improve cognitive function. It reduces the brain oxidative stress and promotes faster learning and expands memory retention capacity.
· Reduces pain
Chaga mushroom reduces the reaction to pain by blocking the function of the enzymes involved in the generation of pain similar to drugs like aspirin. It reduces the swelling and the pain localized to the region and provides relief.
· Lowers bad cholesterol
Chaga mushroom has antioxidants that reduce the Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) which is also known as ‘the bad cholesterol’.
This lowers the chances of heart diseases like heart attacks.
· Modulates blood pressure
People with high blood pressure are prone to several cardiovascular ailments such as heart attacks.
Chaga mushroom is rich in antioxidants and has the potential to regulate blood pressure.
· Regulates blood sugar levels
Diabetes is a disease which results in improper levels of blood sugar in the body which is caused by body’s inability to create or respond to insulin hormone.
Chaga has been proven to reduce the blood sugar levels, hence preventing Diabetes.
· Boosts Liver health
Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the human body. These free radicals react easily with other molecules causing harm to our body especially our liver. The antioxidants present in Chaga mushroom stabilize these free radicals and protects out liver.
Because of its multiple health benefits, it is popularly used all around the globe.
So after learning about the medicinal properties of Chaga mushroom, what’s stopping you from brewing yourself a cup of hot delicious Chaga tea?