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ABOUT CHAGA
HISTORICAL & MEDICAL USE
BENEFITS
DOSING
SIDE EFFECTS & SAFETY
ABOUT CHAGA

Chaga

The Mushroom that’s not a Mushroom

Species name: Inonotus Obliquus

Main Health Benefit: Boosts digestion and clears skin 

 

Chaga is rich in antioxidants, and supports immune function, liver health, brain health and increases longevity.

 

Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) is a type of fungus that grows mainly on the bark of birch trees in cold climates, such as Northern Europe, Siberia, Russia, Korea, Northern Canada and Alaska.

Chaga is also known by other names, such as black mass, clinker polypore, birch canker polypore, cinder conk and the sterile conk trunk rot (of birch).

Chaga produces a woody growth, or conk, which looks similar to a clump of burnt charcoal — roughly 10–15 inches (25–38 centimeters) in size. However, the inside reveals a soft core with an orange color.

For centuries, chaga has been used as a traditional medicine in Russia and other Northern European countries, mainly to boost immunity and overall health.

It has also been used to treat diabetes, certain cancers and heart disease.

Traditionally, chaga was grated into a fine powder and brewed as an herbal tea.

Nowadays, it’s not only available as a tea but also as a powdered or capsuled supplement. The tea may feature chaga alone or in combination with other mushrooms, such as cordyceps.

Taking chaga with either warm or cold water is believed to release its medicinal properties.

Keep in mind that reliable information on chaga’s nutritional content is extremely limited.

That said, they’re low in calories, very high in fiber and loaded with antioxidants

 

Other names

Clinker polypore (from its resemblance to the slag left after a coal fire, known commonly as "clinker" when coal fires were common), cinder conk, black mass and birch canker polypore

Location

Northern Europe, Siberia, Russia, Korea, Northern Canada and Alaska.

Dosing

The appropriate dose of chaga depends on several factors such is the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for chaga. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important.

HISTORICAL & MEDICAL USE
BENEFITS
DOSING
SIDE EFFECTS & SAFETY