What are chaga mushrooms?
The scientific name of Chaga mushroom is Inonotus obliquus. It is also known as Birch mushroom, Chaga conk, Chaga cinder, Tchaga, etc.
Chaga grows on birch trees in the colder – northern hemisphere. It looks dark burnt charcoal clump of dirt. In fact, it doesn’t look like a mushroom. It can be identified from other growths by its orange tissue.
Chaga mushroom has been used for years in Siberia and East. But now, it has been gaining popularity in the west also for its potential health benefits. (1)
Traditionally, it has been consumed as a herbal tea. But nowadays, other forms of its supplements are also available. (2)
Potential health benefits
Full of Nutrients
Chaga mushroom is fully loaded with a variety of vitamins and minerals.
- B-complex vitamins
- vitamin D
Boosts immune system
Chaga mushroom is full of beta-D-Glucans, which helps to boost the immune system. (3)
Preventing and fighting cancer
There are lots of active research are going on whether the chaga mushroom is helpful in preventing cancer. (4)
Various studies have shown that chaga activates immune cells which are responsible for fighting cancer initiation. (5)
The study in the mice also suggests that continuous consumption of chaga mushroom may reduce cancer tumor size. (6)
Lowers Blood Sugar
Chaga may lower blood sugar level.
Studies conducted on diabetic mice have shown that chaga extract reduces blood sugar level. (7)
Lowers blood pressure
Antioxidants like Polysaccharides, Beta-D-Glucans, Betulin and Betulinic Acid (Triterpenes) may help to reduce blood pressure and prevent from other cardiovascular diseases.
Where to Find Chaga Mushroom
There are various chaga mushroom products available online.