Inonotus obliquus commonly known as chaga mushroom grows on birch trees and is one of the highest, if not the highest, antioxidants in the world. Chaga is an adaptogen, which means its compounds increase the body’s ability to adapt to stress, fatigue, anxiety and changing situations.
Chaga is known for its anti-cancer properties, It is also high in betulin or betulinic acid which is cytotoxic and triggers apoptosis through a direct effect on the mitochondria of cancer cells. Chaga is rich in beta glucans, which have immunomodulating activities, allows the immune cells to recognize cancer cells as non-self. In addition, Chaga has demonstrated antibacterial, anti-malarial, anti-inflammatory and anthelmintic properties. Chaga mushroom tea can reduce the oxidative stress in lymphocytes from patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Chaga is also antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial and anti-Candida. It promotes and protects the functions of the liver which busily processes Candida toxins.
Chaga has potent immune supporting properties, it is a rich source of beta glucans, and polysaccharides that are essential nutrients for the immune system.
Chaga has the highest level of superoxide dismutase or (SOD) detected in any food or herb in the world! Superoxide Dismutase is an enzyme that repairs cells and reduces the damage done to them by superoxide, the most common free radical in the body. SOD is key to the production of healthy skin-building cells.
Hot Chaga tea is great on its own which is an alkaline drink that leaves you feeling grounded. It can act as a fast relief for acid reflux. If you are a coffee drinker, taste of chaga goes very well with coffee and It also makes your drink less acidic.
Cold Chaga tea is tasty and would be a great as a base for your smoothies
Brewing recommandation: Place 1.5 to 2 tablespoons of chaga chunks per litre of water to a glass, ceramic or stainless steel pot (not aluminium) and add clean water. Heat gently so it seamers slowly until 90 degrees (below boiling), remove heat, keep the pot covered with a lid and let stay overnight (at least 3 hours). Reheat the pot to your desired drinking temperature and enjoy the tea of the king of medicinal mushrooms. Best is to use a strainer to only extract the tea and leave the chaga chunks in the pot with a little extra water and heat for re-brewing. You can re-brew each batch many times, the brown color is a good indicator of its potency. A mild brown is still a good tea but if you want the dark strong consistency, you can add half a tablespoon dried chaga to the existing batch of your tea. If the pot is covered and there is nothing mixed with chaga, you can use the pot for many weeks.
To enjoy chaga iced tea, simply extract your tea and leave it in the fridge. The cold tea can be used as a base for smoothies.
If pregnant or nursing, contact your physician prior to use./
Contactez votre médecin avant d’utiliser si vous êtes enceinte ou si vous allaitez.