Chaga: Nature’s Superfood
Used in traditional medicines across Siberia and other parts of Asia for centuries, Chaga mushrooms are probably best known for boosting immunity as well as overall health. Consumed as a tea, powder or capsule, these unusual looking mushrooms are packed full of antioxidants with an array of potential health benefits.
Anti-inflammatory & Immune Support
Various studies show Chaga can reduce long-term inflammation and fight harmful bacteria and viruses, and in turn has a positive impact on the immune system. The mushroom has the ability to stimulate white blood cells by promoting the creation of specialised proteins that regulate the immune system – called cytokines. Therefore the mushroom may help fight off various infections.
A compound called super-oxide dismutase (SOD) is found in abundance in Chaga mushrooms, an enzyme which reduces the damage done to cells by the most common free radical in the body “super-oxide”. According to studies, SOD acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and as SOD levels drop whilst free radicals increase as we age, Chaga is now being investigated as a potential anti-ageing treatment.
Known as the ‘Gift from God’, the chaga mushroom has been respected for centuries throughout Russia, Korea, Eastern and Northern Europe, Northern United States, North Carolina mountains and Canada. It has been used since the 16th Century in folk and botanical medicine throughout Eastern Europe and grows on living trunks of mature birch trees. The name chaga derived from the Russian word for mushroom (czaga).