Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) is a rare polypore mushroom that grows throughout boreal forests, particularly those here in North Eastern North
The Chaga mushroom doesn’t look like the average mushroom but contains more medicinal properties than any other mushroom and unlike most fungus, chaga is hard and woody, bearing no resemblance to mushrooms. Instead, it looks more like a cracked piece of burned wood.
Chaga mushrooms can provide number of medicinal health benefits
- It can strengthen our immune system.
- It provides a soothing effect.
- It can regulate cholesterol levels and blood pressure
- Protects against skin blemishes.
- Can help repair DNA damage.
Chaga Antioxidant Properties:
Beta-D-Glucans make up an integral part of the king of mushrooms; these are known because of their ability to strengthen the immune system. This element also helps in bringing balance in the blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Polysaccharides are located within the walls of the mushroom. Polysaccharides can provide energy, intestinal and liver health, and can also promote a healthier blood sugar level.
Phytosterols in Chaga consists of 45% Lanosterol, 25% Inosodiols and the rest is Ergosterol (30%). Phytosterols have a direct effect on cancer cells. They identify cancer cells as foreign cells.
Betulin, along with betulinic acid, is a powerful therapeutic agent. These elements have positive effects on supporting healthy cholesterol levels. These elements are also being studied for their fighting benefits on viruses and cancer.
SODs: This is a group of enzymes which are known as Super Oxide Dismutase. They play a very important role in protecting the body from the damaging effects of free radicals and uncontrolled oxidations. It is a very important antioxidant that is found in the Chaga mushroom.
Antioxidants: Chaga is said to have the highest ORAC score (52000). It is the measure of antioxidant potency. This property in Chaga contains a vast amount of melanin which is natural black pigment. It contains a high amount of polyphenols due to which it has a high antioxidant level.
Chaga can be eaten raw, but almost nobody does that, thanks to its bitter taste. Traditionally, it is taken as a tea. If you wish, you can also apply it topically to the skin.