Chaga is a superfood mushroom that grows in cool climates on the trunk of birch trees where it gets its nutrients from the inner layers of the bark. It is often referred to as chaga conk and yes mushrooms are a fungus but such a healthy fungus for us. It has anti-inflammatory properties and has been used throughout the centuries in healing. Russia has used this miracle "shroom" since the 16th century where it was often ingested as tea for stamina. It is also considered an ancient secret for healing by the Inuit and many of the North Western peoples.
With more than 200 beneficial compounds and often referred to as the” King of the Mushrooms” and this mushroom is nutrient-dense! It is considered one of the great antioxidants of nature. It is an adaptogen, antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and even anti-aging fungi. This “roomie” is full of vitamins, minerals too like zinc, iron, manganese, magnesium, calcium, fiber, vitamin D, melanin, potassium, sulfur, selenium, amino acids, cesium,copper and B vitamins.
Chaga is a cordycep and is considered to have an anti-flu affect due to the antiviral and antibacterial properties. It is known to be helpful in preventing cold and flu symptoms as well as in the the recovery due to its unique properties to aid the immune system to prevent and fight off viruses.
Chaga is consumed in a number of ways as Chaga chunks, powders or extracts. I personally was introduced to Chaga during a summer spent in Alaska. Locals placed chaga chunks in their water bottles as an immune booster and consumed it daily and would reuse the chunks a number of times. They also enjoyed Chaga “coffee” or tea served in a powder form or in a tea bag.
You can use chaga in many ways. I like to add it to anything hot and will often include it in my baking as a “secret ingredient” beware brownies are my favorite dish to doctor. As I always encourage you to do ... but on your “Inner Chef Hat” and be creative because with all these benefits you can’t go wrong.
Hoping you have a Happy Healthy Day!