The Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus), a fungus that grows inside birch trees in cold regions, such as Eurasia and Canada, has an ancient tradition for its use as a home medical remedy in countries like China or Russia. Since the ’90s in the United States began to pay attention to this fungus that today is causing a furor in the U.S. What makes it special is its antioxidant power, and its health benefits, which you can learn about below.
What is This Tea and What is Its Taste Like?
This tea comes from the Chaga mushroom although its real name is Inonotus obliquus. This fungus grows on birch trees in cold regions such as Canada and Russia where it is dehydrated and crushed for the tea preparation. Another traditional and common way of consuming it is by cutting it into small pieces and then boiling it directly with the water. Nowadays, Chaga tea comes ready to consume it at home.
As for its flavor, this tea has a mild and very unique flavor. It may be a bit bitter for some palates, but still, it is not an unpleasant taste. The taste will depend on the harvesting technique, processing, additives, freshness, and water extraction technique.
- Immune system and inflammation: Tea is known to provide an increase in the immune system by promoting the increase in cytokines that fight against bacteria that may be causing inflammation. In this way, the tea stimulates the white blood cells responsible for the elimination of bacteria and viruses. As a result, the tea is great for colds and other types of infections and inflammations.
- Prevents cancer: It was discovered that the proliferation of cancer cells can be stopped with the consumption of Chaga tea since it contains a high concentration of antioxidants. This was detected after experimentation with mice where the tumors were reduced in size by up to 60%. Regarding human cells, in the laboratory, it was demonstrated how this tea acted on cells of the liver tissue, and the colon, stopping their growth.
- Diabetes control: Because this tea helps reduce blood sugar, it is a great ally for diabetes. The research was carried out in mice with diabetes and weight problems and thanks to the administration of the tea, the sugar in the blood decreased considerably.
- Lowers cholesterol: High cholesterol is known to be one of those responsible for the development of heart disease. Therefore, the consumption of Chaga tea is good to reduce it. This has been shown by research carried out in rats where it was verified by the supply of tea, the decrease of triglycerides in the blood. This is believed to be due, again because of the high antioxidant content in the infusion.
Go ahead, try the Chaga tea, and take advantage of its many health benefits. Although for the natural world of many villages this mushroom is not a novelty, in many countries its multiple benefits are just becoming known as an infusion with natural medicinal properties.