Changa Tea Benefits

Chaga Tea: Benefits

For hundreds of years, chaga mushrooms have been used in folk medicine. Today, studies prove that these mushrooms are filled with compounds and nutrients that can help people achieve optimal health

What Is Chaga Tea?

The chaga mushroom grows on birch trees throughout the northern hemisphere. It resembles a dark clump of dirt more than a mushroom, but is distinguished from other growths by its orange tissue

While chaga may look like something you wouldn’t want anywhere near you or your beloved trees, it is actually popular for its wide array of health benefits. Its high concentration of vitamins, minerals and nutrients paved the way for chaga to be lauded as a superfood.6

The Health Benefits of Chaga Tea

Before it became widely popular, chaga tea was already being widely utilized in Russia, Poland and other Baltic countries. It is valued for its antioxidant, antimicrobial and tumor-preventive properties.

1. Nutrient-dense superfood

Chaga mushrooms are rich in a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, including: B Complex vitamins, vitamin D, potassium, amino acids, zinc ,selenium, magnesium, calcium and iron.

2. Slowing the aging process

Oxidative stress causes physical signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sagging skin, and gray hair. Exposure to sun, pollution, and other sources of damage create too many free radicals for the body to neutralize, which accelerates the aging process of the skin.  

3. Boost immune function

It activates the body’s immune effector cells called lymphocytes and macrophages.  This activation encourages an increased production of cytokines (messengers of the immune system)

Cytokine’s have various tasks, one is corralling white blood cells to focus on infection fighting. It keeps the immune system in check, enabling it to distinguish between healthy and non-healthy tissues, preventing inflammatory responses. It is also a great defender against cancer because it combats against free radical damage to cells.

 

4. Lowering blood pressure

Research suggests that oxidative stress is a contributing factor for high blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are more prone to heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular health issues Chaga's antioxidants could have a potential role in lowering blood pressure and preventing poor cardiovascular health.

Brewing  Chaga Tea

When brewing your first batch of chaga tea, it’s important that you use wild chaga. Also, note that you’ll achieve better extraction the more you crush the chaga mushrooms into powder. Brewing this type of tea yields an earthy and natural-tasting tea with hints of vanilla, due to the trace amounts of vanillin found in the mushroom.

How to Make Chaga Tea

1.       Fill a glass teapot with cold water. Put the ground chaga or chunks in the water.

2.       Allow the herbs to steep in cold water from a few minutes to an hour.

3.       After steeping, take the cold water up to a hot temperature slowly to about three-fourths of the temperature to a full boil. You can do this in 45 minutes to an hour. The slow rise in temperature will allow a better extraction of the chaga essences.

4.       Using a strainer, push the chaga chunks away from the surface of the tea. Dip a ladle in the area within the strainer to get the filtered tea. Enjoy!

Mari Beth Price