The Diamond Of The Forest; Chaga Mushroom

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    Herbal tea’s has seen a popular increase as people take new interest in the health benefits herbal teas have to offer.  Chaga also called cinder or birch conk is now available in Costa Rica.  The mushroom tea has been used in folk medicine for many years and now becoming very popular in the western world.

    Birch Tree Mushroom

    This unique mushroom grows on birch trees and looks like a large growth of burnt bark.  In Asia they refer to this mushroom as a “Gift of God” for its restorative and healing abilities.  The benefits of drinking Chaga tea are numerous many can be attributed to immune-boosting and antioxidant ingredients.  I’d like to share 5 health benefits:

    1. Rich Antioxidants

    Chaga is listed as one of the top antioxidant foods currently known; it overtakes better-known antioxidant foods such as red beans, blueberries and even spices like turmeric and cinnamon.  The antioxidants in Chaga tea help to protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals within your cardiovascular system.

    2. Supports Immune System

    Chaga help balance the response of the body’s immune system with abundance of Beta-D-Glucans, meaning Chaga helps boost your immune system when necessary, but also slows it down when it’s overactive.  Chaga also activates immune cells responsible for combating cancer initiation.  Soothing properties

    Chaga tea supports the flow of blood and provides soothing properties when the blood vessels are blocked, very beneficial for those suffering from diabetes.

    3. Strengthens Immune Defense

    Chaga tea acts as a natural antimicrobial, able to combat numerous viruses, bacteria, fungi and some parasitic worms.  Chaga promote the production of white blood cells and also serve as a anti-inflammatory to help regulate immune response by lowering inflammation and high fevers.  

    4. Chaga Help Fights Cancer

    The most remarkable of all the properties is its effect on cancer.  

    The book “The Cancer Ward” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn opened the eyes for many of what this mushroom can do for cancer patients.  There are several chemical analyses that have determined the composition of a very effective agent against cancer to list a few;

    • Beta Glucans:  Main active substance in Chaga, they increase the energy levels and boost liver and brain function.
    • Betulinic acid:  Chemical substance that can kill cancer cells and has no harmful effect on healthy cells.
    • Lanosterol, Phytosterols and inotodiols:  Chemical substance that can stop the growth of harmful microbes.

    Here is a video on Chaga: A Superfood Mushroom

    You can find Chaga growing on birch trees in cold habitats in the Northern Hemisphere including Europe, Russia, Canada and the U.S.  The most popular way to consume Chaga is by drinking a cup of Chaga tea and thanks to Follow Your Bliss Specialty Drinks you can now enjoy Chaga tea in the tropics, made by local artisans in Costa Rica.

    To purchase Chaga Tea contact:  Natashia Steenkamp [email protected] or +506 8720 4632



    Photo Credit:  Buddha Teas

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