Chaga Mushrooms - Why Incorporate them?

Chaga Mushrooms - Why Incorporate them?

The change mushroom is found in colder northern climates growing on the birch tree [1]. It is known as the 'king of mushrooms.' Since the sixteenth century, Chaga has been used as a folk medicine in Russia and western Siberia [2]. However was popularized in the western world by Nobel Prize-winning author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who introduced it in his 1968 semi-autobiographical novel, The Cancer Ward [3]

I was personally introduced to the chaga mushroom after experiencing a health storm late last year. Due to a large amount of stress in my live at the time my thyroid went into a spin, I had chronic fatigue and needed immune support pronto. I started researching and decided to incorporate chaga mushroom into my nutrition plan for additional support. Although these were the reasons I turned to the chaga mushroom the benefits are endless.

 

10 benefits of the chaga mushroom:

  1. The chaga mushroom is rich in a range of minerals, vitamins and nutrients including - B complex vitamins, vitamin D, manganese,  magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, selenium, potassium and more. 
  2. They are a powerful antioxidant and source of superoxide dismutase which halts oxidation, especially free radicals like singlet oxygen responsible for damaging tissues.
  3. The chaga mushrooms are a great source of pantothenic acid which aids the adrenal glands and digestive organs
  4. They help increase the immune systems ability to fight pathogens because the. chaga increases the production of immune cells IL-6 and lymphocyte B (R).
  5. Chaga mushroom has the ability to reduce an overactivated immune response. This can limit harmful inflammation [4].
  6. Chaga's role in regulating cytokine production may also help control and reduce inflammation in the body. 
  7. The chaga mushroom can be used to improve cognitive function and memory loss [5].
  8. Chaga demonstrated antibacterial, anti-malarial, anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties.
  9. Studies have shown that the betulinic acid found in chaga is able to break down LDL cholesterol–bad cholesterol–in the bloodstream [6]. 
  10. A study showed that the polysaccharides which is found in the chaga mushrooms increased the glycogen content of liver and muscle, but decreased blood lactic acid. Meaning it gave them the endurance whilst decreasing the fatigue [7]. 

 

How to incorporate Chaga into the diet:

There are numerous ways you can incorporate chaga into your diet but my favourite ways are to either have a chaga latte. Yes this sounds weird and disgusting to must but I promise it's good - Find my recipe here.

Alternatively the drops are such an easy way. They fit in your bag so you always have them on you. A couple of drops into your coffee or tea and you won't taste a thing. Well I can't anyway. 

 

If you think you could benefit from incorporating Chaga Mushroom into your nutrition plan. I use this powder from Iherb.

 

Good luck and for any additional nutrition support you may be seeking, find me here

S xx

 

 

 

 

Reference:

  1.  Park YK, Lee HB, Jeon EJ, Jung HS, Kang MH. Chaga mushroom extract inhibits oxidative DNA damage in human lymphocytes as assessed by comet assay. Biofactors. 2004;21:109–112.  [PubMed]
  2. Saar M. Fungi in Khanty folk medicine. J Ethnopharmacol. 1991;31:175–179.  [PubMed]
  3. https://www.amazon.com/Cancer-Ward-Novel-FSG-Classics/dp/0374534713/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510606866&sr=8-1&keywords=the+cancer+ward
  4. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1567576913001008?via%3Dihub
  5. Amelioration of scopolamine induced cognitive dysfunction and oxidative stress by Inonotus obliquus – a medicinal mushroom http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2011/FO/C1fo10037h#!divAbstract
  6. Sun JE, Ao ZH, Lu ZM, et al. Antihyperglycemic and antilipidperoxidative effects of dry matter of culture broth of Inonotus obliquus in submerged culture on normal and alloxan-diabetes mice. J Ethnopharmacol. Jun 19 2008;118(1):7-13.
  7. Effect of Inonotus Obliquus Polysaccharides on physical fatigue in mice, Zhong Yueb - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0254627215301266