The Power of Herbs: Chaga Mushrooms
Chances are you’ve never heard of or seen the chaga mushroom, but its benefits are causing quite a stir in the health industry. The chaga mushroom grows on birch trees in grows mainly on birch trees in northern Europe, Asia, Canada, and the northeastern United States. At first sight, it looks more like a dark clump of dirt more than a mushroom, but inside, it has a peculiar orange flesh.
Chaga contains large amounts of the pigment melanin. When exposed to the sun, the exterior of the mushroom turns a deep black. Researchers have found many potential health benefits of the chaga mushroom.
- Packed with nutrients.
Chaga mushrooms contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients; including:
B-complex vitamins, vitamin D, potassium, amino acids, fiber, copper, selenium, zinc, iron, manganese, magnesium, calcium
- May slow the aging process
Chaga’s effectiveness in fighting the oxidative stress that causes gray hair, wrinkles and saggin skin may fight anti-aging.
- May lower cholesterol
Chaga mushrooms are full of the antioxidants that may reduce bad cholesterol and therefore fight heart disease.
- May prevent and fight cancer
Some studies suggest that antioxidant-rich chaga mushrooms contain may prevent and slow the growth of lung, breast and cervical cancer cells.
- May support the immune system
Chaga mushrooms contain proteins that play a vital role in stimulating white blood cells, which help the body fight a the common cold to life-threatening illnesses.
*Consult your doctor before taking any supplements, herbs or medications.