If you were looking for something which will change your overall health condition for the better and also heal you, then it is time to read something about the amazing chaga fungus. Chaga is a fungus parasite which grows on birch trees in Northern climates.
Because of its extraordinary properties it has been given so many names by different nations. For example the Siberians call it “Mushroom of Immortality” and “Gift from God”. The Japanese know it as “The Diamond of the Forest”, while for the Chinese, it is the main ingredient for obtaining longevity and they call it “The King of Plants”. All these epithets come for a reason, and it is because of the healing properties of the chaga.
The chaga contains the following nutrients: amino acids, beta glucans, betulinic acid, calcium, chloride, copper, dietary fiber, enzymes, flavonoids, germanium, iron, lanosterol, manganese, magnesium, melanin, pantothenic acid, phenols, phosphorus, polysaccharides, potassium, saponins, selenium, sodium, sterols, trametenolic acid, tripeptides, triterpenes, triterpenoids, vannillic acid, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, Vitamin D2, Vitamin K and zinc.
However, despite being packed with the above given nutrients, it is mostly celebrated for being the number one food in the world with the highest level of anti-oxidants, more precisely, superoxide dismutase, which is one of the body’s primary internal anti-oxidant defenses.
Medicinal Properties of Chaga and What Disease does it Heal?
- Anti-inflammatory– The chaga is a natural pain reliever and has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a great remedy for arthritis
- Anti-HIV- It has been shown that chaga lessens the symptoms of HIV in a study published in The Pharmological Potential of Mushrooms
- Antibacterial– Chaga kills all bacteria
- Adaptogen– It strengthens the body and makes it more capable to adapt to stress, fatigue and anxiety.
- Anti-Candida- By protecting the liver, the chaga helps the body process the Candida toxins.
- Against the following diseases: psoriasis, hair loss, allergies, diabetes, chron’s disease, anti-aging and also helps in boosting the immune system to fight any further ones.
Chaga Fungus Tea Recipe
First you have to indentify the chaga mushroom. It grows on birch trees, as we have already mentioned earlier, and it is quite similar to the wood texture close to burnt wood or charcoal, well known for its golden orangy color inside.
Be quite careful when retrieving the chaga from the birch tree, not to cut into the tree because you will kill it. If you retrieve it correctly, it will keep on growing every four years. For all those who do not have the time to retrieve the chaga from a tree can purchase one, even though we have to mention that it might cost you some extra money.
To prepare the tea, you should cut a few small pieces of the chaga and put them in a pot. Pour about 2 liters of water and boil it. Once you reach the boiling temperature of the water, turn the heat down to a simmer. Let it simmer for about an hour, and after it pour 1 more liter of water into the pot and leave it for another hour to simmer. Out of this recipe you will get about 1 liter of chaga tea. You can add honey and drink it daily for the best results.
For other purposes you can grind the chaga mushroom into a powder form and make a tincture.
Enjoy the amazing benefits of the chaga fungus and let it rejuvenate you!