In the frigid forests of the Northern Hemisphere, grows a super food.
Not just any super food, but the G.O.A.T. of super foods. It is the
Chaga Mushroom. This nutrient rich food can be found growing on birch
trees in northern countries that are susceptible to cold winters. Chaga
is identified by having a black woody growth on the outside, and an
orange-coloured core on the inside. In Northern European countries,
Chaga has been used for centuries as a traditional medicine. It is
thought to boost immunity as well as overall health.
What Nutrients are in Chaga?
These are some of the nutrients that you can find in the Chaga mushroom.
- vitamin D
- B-complex vitamins
- amino acids
What are the Health Benefits of Chaga?
Loaded with vitamins and antioxidents, Chaga has been thought to help
fight certain cancers, heart disease and diabetes, although no clinical
tests have been done on humans to support these claims. The
antioxidants may also help reduce bad cholesteral. Here’s a summary of
some of the health benefits of the Chaga mushroom.
- Helps reduce inflammation in the body, which also helps your heart
- Helps maintain a healthy liver
- Reduces lactic acid levels in the bloodstream, which results in better
endurance and less fatigue, as well as sustained mental energy
- The high antioxident concentration of the Chaga mushroom is unmatched.
44,000 higher than acai berries, and 130,000 higher than blueberries!!
- Chaga helps support your adrenal system, making you feel less stressed
- Chaga is a great source of viamin D
- High in Beta Glucans, Chaga can help with cell regeneration
- Chaga can help with the pigmentation of your skin , as it contains a high concentration of Melanin
Ways to Use Chaga
There are basically 3 ways to injest Chaga, in capsule form, a Chaga
tea, or a Chaga tincture. Chaga tea is made by pouring hot water over
Chaga powder, and letting the tea steep. Not all of the health benefits
of Chaga can be realized by drinking the tea. For that , you will have
to know how to prepare a Chaga tincture.
How to prepare a Chaga Tincture
Inside the cell walls of Chaga are bioactive ingredients such as beta
glucans. The walls of these cells are made of something called Chitin.
Chitin is the hardest all-natural material known to man, which makes it
impossible to digest without proper preparation. A properly prepared
tincture releases these beta glucans and makes them available for human
Here’s the way to prepare your Chaga tincture
- Pour Chaga powder into a good-sized jar, leaving a couple inches on top.
- Pour vodka into the jar, filling it up to the top.
- Let it sit for at least 8 weeks, shaking it everyday.
- After 8 weeks, strain the alcohol into a glass jar using cheesecloth. Put the jar with the alcohol aside for now.
- Put the chaga into a pot.
- Add water to the pot of chaga equal to the amount of alcohol that was strained.
a wooden tongue depressor, chopstick or skewer and hold it in the pot.
Using a knife, cut a mark in your stick where the water level is.
the exact same amount of water into the pot as you did before. You
should now have double the amount of water in the pot as you did before.
- Bring the pot to a boil, let it simmer uncovered. At this point, there should be kind of a fermentation smell inthe air.
the level with the stick that you marked. Once the level reaches the
mark on the stick, take the pot off the heat and let it cool.
- The next day, add the same amount of water and repeat the process.
- The following day, do it again. You will have done this process for a total of 3 times when you are finished.
- After the 3rd time, let it cool, then add it to the jar of alcohol that you saved.
- That’s it! You have made Chaga Tincture!
How Much Chaga Tincture Should I Take?
Remember, when it comes to Chaga Tincture, you don’t need very much. 1/4 tsp added to an 8oz drink twice daily is plenty.
I have been personally using Chaga for the past 3 years or so, and I
can attest without a doubt that it makes me feel better overall. If I
don’t take it for a few days, I notice a drop in my stamina when I’m exercising.
Also, I don’t know if there is scientific proof to back this up, but I
feel that it is easier to build and maintain my muscle mass. Being in my
mid 50’s, I want to slow the muscle loss in my body as much as I can. The Chaga has helped me to do that.
I was a high-stress, high-anxiety type person, but since I have been
using Chaga, my anxiety and stress levels have definitely decreased. I
know that this sounds a little bit like a grand sales pitch, but I just
wanted to tell you how the Chaga has helped me. Maybe it can help you too.
If you are in your 50’s or older, I highly recommend that you give the Chaga Mushroom a try.
Stay healthy everyone.
All the best,
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