At first glance Chaga mushrooms look like nothing more than a clump of dirt clinging onto the sides of birth trees. However, this mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) with the nondescript appearance has been used in the folk medicine of Russia, Japan, and Europe for centuries. We in the West have been playing catch up and are finally learning the medicinal value of this fungus. We are learning from growing research that the tea and certain other products made from it have the potential for improving immune response, treating stomach issues, etc. Here are 6 other potential health benefits of Chaga Siberiana.

  • Stimulates the immune system: Animal studies have shown that Chaga mushrooms may help boost the immune system by increasing the production of interleukin 6 (IL-6) as well as T lymphocytes. These kinds of cells help the body to fight off invading bacteria and viruses.
  • Lowers cholesterol levels: High cholesterol has been proven in study after study to be a significant risk factor for heart disease. Chaga contains antioxidants that may reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or the “bad” cholesterol.
  • Chaga aids in the fight against cancer: Some studies have shown that Chaga can reduce the growth of cancer cells by as much as 60%. Chaga is believed to accomplish this by reducing oxidative stress which helps protect DNA from dangerous mutations.
  • Chaga is a power antioxidant: Anti-oxidants are proven to neutralize the damage done to our cells by free radicals. Chaga contains Superoxide dismutase (SOD) which is a powerful anti-oxidant. So powerful are the anti-oxidants in Chaga that some people call it a superfood.
  • Chaga support normal heart functions: The betulinic acid in Chaga is known to break down the bad LDL cholesterol in the body. This and its anti-inflammatory nature help protect the heart. Moreover, Chaga has been proven in animal studies to inhibit platelet aggregation. Platelet aggregation can cause blood clots to form which can lead to strokes, heart attacks, etc.
  • Chaga may lower blood sugar: Chaga may aid in the fight against diabetes by lowering blood sugar. In animal studies, Chaga has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels within weeks of consuming it. mushroom

There are many other benefits of Chaga and science has only begun to reveal a few of them. Is Chaga safe for humans? The consensus among experts is that it is safe having no known side effects. Our site contains Chaga extract and other products that are designed to create a healthier you.