This supplement is actually considered a wild food. I include it as a supplement, because I use finely ground chaga mushroom powder to make a healing tea. And, although it is called mushroom, chaga is a fungus that grows on birches, primarily, in cool climates. Read on for the amazing health benefits in this odd looking but intriguing plant.
Chaga is lumpy and bumpy in appearance, its exterior resembling burnt charcoal. However this super food possesses powerful nutrients and antioxidants that boosts the immune system and increases the production of lymphocytes, monocytes, neutrophils, basophils and eosinophils so that the body can fight off invaders such as viruses, toxins and bacteria. Chaga strengthens red blood cells, balances blood platelets and calms cytokine storms that result from the body overreacting to pathogens or toxins.
The phytochemicals in chaga fight all types of cancers, regulate blood sugar, and support the adrenals while regulating the rest of the endocrine system. They break down and dissolve biofilm, which is a jelly like substance that is a byproduct of certain viruses and fungi. And chaga destroys unproductive fungus in the intestinal tract.
In addition this wild food helps those suffering from autoimmune disorders and virus related diseases. It is anti-inflammatory, easing joint, neck and back pain, headaches and neurological symptoms. And finally, chaga is beneficial to the liver and thyroid.
I order chaga mushroom powder from Amazon (link below), and enjoy it as one of my afternoon teas. In his book Life Changing Foods, Anthony includes a recipe for chaga tea.
For one cup of tea, add 1 teaspoon of chaga powder to a cup. Pour in hot water and stir to dissolve powder, or use a cloth tea bag or mesh basket or ball and steep. Stir in 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey. Top with a splash of plant based milk and a dash of cinnamon.
I prefer using a mesh basket or ball and letting the tea steep for 5 minutes. Anthony says the raw honey helps to deliver the medicinal properties where they are needed in the body. I use local raw honey because it helps to prevent seasonal allergies. And my favorite plant based milk is unsweetened almond coconut.
Chaga tea in the afternoon is wonderfully refreshing. The powder does not have a scent nor does it taste earthy like a mushroom. It doesn’t have much of a flavor of its own. I can primarily taste the honey and cinnamon. For those who don’t enjoy hot tea, the powder can be added to smoothies as well.
I appreciate being introduced to chaga mushrooms. I like knowing that I am sending healing nutrients and powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories into my body with every soothing sip that I take.
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