Chaga mushroom (Inonotus Obliquus) is a type of mushroom that grows on birch trees in cold climates, such as parts of Scandinavia, Canada, and the Northern United States. It has been used for centuries by indigenous people in these regions as a natural remedy for a variety of aliments.
The first recorded use of chaga mushroom dates back to the 16th century, when it was mentioned in Russian folk medicine texts. It was believed to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties, and was used to treat a wide range of conditions, including ulcers, tumors, and infections.Ironically for one of the most powerful mushrooms in the fight against illness, Chaga itself is a tree disease growing parasitically on live trees
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, chaga mushroom became more widely known in Europe and North America, and it was studied for its potential health benefits. Researchers found that it contained high levels of antioxidants, which are believed to help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. This led to its use as a natural remedy for a variety of conditions, including cancer, heart disease, and liver disease.
It is believed to have several potential health benefits, including the following
1. Boosting the immune system
Chaga mushroom contains high levels of beta-glucans, which is known to stimulate the immune system. This can help protect the body against infection and disease.
2. Reducing inflammation
Chaga mushroom has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce swelling and pain in the body. This can be beneficial for people with chronic conditions such as arthritis, or for those who experience inflammation as a result of injury or infection.
3. Supporting heart health
Some research suggests that chaga mushroom may have the ability to lower cholesterol levels and improve blood circulation, which can be beneficial for heart health.
4. Supporting liver health
Chaga mushroom is thought to have liver-protective effects, and may be able to help improve liver function.
5. Supporting healthy skin
Because of its high antioxidant content, chaga mushroom is believed to be beneficial for skin health. It is sometimes used as an ingredient in natural skincare products.
We use Chaga in our Live Well mushroom coffee mix, alongside with Maitake, another famous mushroom, and extract of Schisandra Chinensis berries.