The King of Medicinal Mushrooms
Chaga is high in antioxidants and plant compounds that may benefit health, including:
Triterpenoids that can inhibit enzymes involved in glucose metabolism, prevent the development of insulin resistance and normalize plasma glucose and insulin levels.* Polyphenols that can protect the body’s tissues against oxidative stress and associated pathologies such as cancers, coronary heart disease and inflammation.* Polysaccharides that are well known for their high nutritive value and the positive effects on our immune and digestive functions and detoxification system.* Flavanoids that are beneficial phytonutrients with anti-inflammatory effects and they protect your cells from oxidative damage that can lead to disease and antioxidants that may prevent the development of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.*
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is Chaga Mushroom toxic?
Chaga mushrooms do not contain neurotoxin compounds, however, as with other supplements and medications, chaga carries some risks. It can also trigger side effects and may interact dangerously with some medications. Talk to your doctor before adding to your diet if you are pregnant, nursing or have a medical condition for which you are taking any prescription medications.
How will chaga make me feel?
With it's superior adaptogenic properties, chaga helps your body adapt to stress and calm down after a long day. This is why it is the perfect beverage to have before going to bed at night to ensure you get a great sleep and are well rested for the next day.
What health risks are associated with chaga?
Chaga is exceptionally rich in natural minerals like potassium and magnesium which is naturally excreted from the body via the kidneys and liver. It’s generally safe to eat chaga mushroom and drink it as a tea. It is well-tolerated in moderation, however consistent overconsumption of Chaga nutrients may overburden the kidneys and may lead to kidney or liver damage and/or disease.
If you do have Type 2 diabetes, talk to your doctor first to make sure you’re keeping your blood sugar levels where they need to be.
if you take any blood-thinning medication or have an upcoming surgery or procedure, talk to your doctor first, as chaga mushrooms contain a protein that prevents blood clotting.
What is the best way to consume chaga?
Chaga is pleasant tasting as a tea, which is the most common way it is consumed. Next most common is as a tincture. The most complete process is a dual extraction involving alcohol and heat. As chaga is 'trendy' right now, you'll find many products using it in chai or coffee blends or supplements.