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Chaga Health Benefits: 6 Reasons To Consume This Mushroom
This crusty looking mushroom contains a whole lot of health benefits.
Known as the "King of Medicinal Mushrooms," chaga is the second most antioxidant-rich food in the world aside from chocolate. Found on yellow and white birch trees in cold regions like Siberia, Alaska and northern Canada, chaga has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.
Primary benefits of chaga include:
Improved Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health
"Chaga contains the compound betualin, which helps lower cholesterol and balances blood sugar by increasing insulin sensitivity," Village Juicery holistic nutritionist Gabby Ouimet tells The Huffington Post Canada.
It Boosts Longevity and Healing
High antioxident levels also support cellular regeneration and protect against cellular damage and genetic mutation.
"Chaga also contains high levels of a very powerful antioxidant called Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), which is important for liver cleansing," says Ouimet.
Immunity Boosting and Cancer Fighting
Chaga mushrooms are renowned for improving immune function. Chaga is also a strong antibacterial and antiviral, making them helpful in preventing and recovering from cold and flu. Finally, chaga contains melanin, which helps fight radiation and tumours, says Ouimet.
Chaga helps the body adapt and respond to stressors by having a normalizing effect on the body.
And It Aids Digestion, Too
Chaga stimulates bile flow, which is important for fat digestion. It also reduce inflamation in the digestive tract.
"In order to reap the benefits of Chaga Coffee, it is important to prepare it properly" . "The cell walls of chaga contain chitin, which is indigestible and must be broken down."
Commonly consumed in tea form, chaga should be infused in hot water before consuming — longer brewing is better — for full extraction of medicinal compounds. Once the Chaga Coffee is brewed pull out the grounds and set them aside for later use. You can use it serveral times until there is no longer a darker colour.
Chaga Coffee can be ordered on the "Buy Now" page. Before incorporating Chaga Coffee into your diet speak with your physician to ensure it is best for you.