Chaga is the common name for the fungus Inonotus obliquus. It’s actually a cancerous growth that occurs almost exclusively on birch trees, often killing the tree once it invades the tree’s interior.
The powerful antioxidants in this fungus may potentially prevent or slow tumor growth. Other possible chaga benefits include lowering cholesterol and fighting heart disease. Many mushrooms, Chaga included, contain a certain polysaccharide called beta glucans. These polysaccharides have been studied to support immune health and overall wellness.
One of the most popular ways to get the benefits of chaga mushrooms is to drink them in tea or coffee.
Precautions: It isn't known if chaga is safe or what the possible side effects might be. It contains a chemical called oxalate which can damage the kidneys. Not enough is known about the use of chaga during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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