Chaga’s popularity has been growing rapidly in recent years, although it’s been used in traditional medicine around the world for thousands of years.
What is Chaga?
Chaga is functional mushroom, which is often found in the wild growing on birch bark as a dark boil like growth. It has a long history of use in traditional Asian, European and North American indigenous medicine.
Why is exactly is Chaga growing in popularity?
Many people are taking chaga for a number of health related purpsoses, such as reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system and as a powerful anti-oxidant.
Chaga holds significant anti-inflammatory properties. Scientific research on inflammation and its impacts on health is expanding, with an ever growing list of negative illnesses and conditions being tied to long term inflammation. The good news is that a recent study found that Chaga reduces inflammation, specifically gastrointestinal inflammation. So while we continue to learn about the negative impacts of inflammation, and there are many, we can help reduce it in our own bodies now by consuming Chaga.
Link to research
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and heading into flu season, people are eager to find ways to strengthen their immune systems, especially with natural plant based solutions. Chaga can help boost your immune system, providing you extra protection from illness and infection. It does this, in part by promoting the production of cytokines, a protein that helps regulate the immune system. It’s also one of the most potent sources of antioxidants under the superfood umbrella (think blueberries and spinach), further enhancing its immune boosting properties.
A recent research study found that Chaga may help prevent and fight cancer. Chaga shrank cancerous tumors by 60% in mice and a follow on study with test tube samples of human tissue found it may be equally effective with common types of cancer in humans. While we are not suggesting any cancer treatments (speak to your physician about that) or alternatives, this is certainly an exciting potential additional tool for fighting cancer and hopefully one that will be studied further.
If you're interested in reading further, we found this article from Healthline.com to be very interesting and illustrative.