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THE AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHAGA MUSHROOM (PLUS a FREE smoothie recipe!)
THE AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHAGA MUSHROOM (PLUS a FREE CHAGA SMOOTHIE recipe!)
Move over Green Tea, Moringa and other super immune boosters and make way for Chaga Mushrooms! Known as the “King of medicinal mushrooms” Chaga is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods in the world as well as one of the most powerful adaptogens and superfoods on the planet! Chaga is well known for protecting and repairing cells in the body and boosting the immune system. Read on as we take you through just some of the amazing benefits of Chaga Mushroom and how to include it in YOUR daily health regime PLUS a delicious smoothie recipe!
Chaga – the medicinal mushroom that promotes health
Chaga mushroom is a medicinal fungus that is found mostly on birch trees and in cold climates. The first mentions of Chaga are from Russia and most of Baltic countries in the 16th century, where it was traditionally used to treat various cancers.
Chaga mushroom is a rich source of B-glucans, especially 1-3 B-glucans. It is a powerhouse of 215 potent and unique phytonutrients and contains flavonoids, numerous B vitamins, enzymes, phenols and minerals. No wonder it has been respected as a Superfood AND Super Medicine for centuries!
Packed with super nutrient goodness, Chaga mushrooms are definitely a MUST to have in your home!
Let’s take a look at the top 7 amazing health benefits of Chaga mushroom and how to use this Superfood- PLUS a fantastic recipe AND Subscriber Only discounts!
Chaga Mushroom health benefits – 7 reasons to use this amazing Superfood!
Chaga Mushroom stimulates & regulates the immune system
As we mentioned, Chaga Mushroom is even MORE powerful than other immune boosting anti-oxidants like Green Tea and Moringa! This is because Chaga Mushroom helps to MODULATE the immune system (to help keep it in perfect balance!) Instead of over-stimulating the immune system (which could contribute to anti-immune and allergy problems), Chaga Mushroom boosts the immune system when necessary, but slows it down when it’s overactive. This makes Chaga Mushroom a natural Biological Response Modifier (BRM) which will keep your immune system functioning optimally to promote health and prevent and fight disease.
Nutritional support in the fight against cancer
Chaga Mushroom has been traditionally used for centuries in the fight against cancer. More recently, studies have suggested that Chaga Mushroom extracts have the ability to kill human lung, glial, and colon cancer cells in laboratory studies - without harming normal non-cancerous cells. This makes Chaga Mushroom a wonderful nutritional aid for people who are recovering from cancer as well as for those who would like to protect their bodies from abnormal cell growth!
Chaga Mushroom reduces inflammation
Most holistic health experts will tell you that inflammation is one of the top causes of dis-ease and pain of any kind and can lead to many different health complications due to the stress it places on the system. Because Chaga Mushroom is associated with lowered inflammation, it can enhance almost every system in the body and protect you from numerous diseases, while maintaining optimal health.
Chaga Mushroom protects the liver and helps you detox
Because of its incredible antioxidant activity, Chaga mushroom tea or Chaga supplements are an ideal addition to any detox diet or liver boosting plan. The betulin present in Chaga Mushroom is also known to have a liver detoxifying effect helping you clean out the system and start afresh!
Anti-ageing & skin benefits
Chaga Mushroom is high in melanin, which is the main pigment present in our skin. Experts suggest that the melanin content in Chaga Mushroom can enhance the health of your skin, keeping it beautiful and supple.
Helps to control cholesterol and blood pressure
Studies have shown that the betulinic acid found in Chaga Mushroom is able to break down LDL cholesterol (‘bad cholesterol’)in the bloodstream, while promoting the balance of HDL the ‘good’ cholesterol), thus preventing problems associated with high cholesterol levls. And unlike statin drugs, which are associated with the development of Alzheimers), Chaga Mushroom BOOSTS brain functioning to enhance memory!.
Chaga Mushroom aids the battle against ulcers & gastritis
Chaga Mushroom benefits the entire digestive system! It promotes the formation of digestive bile therefore helping to break food down, creating easier digestion. Because of its anti-inflammatory effects, it relieves the pain and discomfort caused by gastric ulcers or heartburn and helps YOU to digest your food efficiently and comfortably.
How to use Chaga Mushrooms
Chaga Mushroom is easy to add to your daily supplements and we recommend that you use an organic source of Chaga Mushroom to derive the best benefits. Superfoods Chaga Mushroom comes in a convenient powder and can be made into a wonderful health tea or added to smoothies for even more nutritional benefit!
How to make Chaga Mushroom tea
Use 1-2 teaspoons or Chaga Mushroom powder per person added to hot water and then strained to make a rich, dark, coffee like drink. If desired, raw honey or maple syrup may be added for sweetness. (if you are looking for raw, untreated honey, look no further than the Feelgood Health shop in Westlake, Cape Town!)
The powder may also just be added to Superfood or other smoothies. Use daily for best tonic effects.
Here is another great smoothie recipe you can make with Chaga Mushroom
Raw Chocolate Chaga Smoothie
Although the flavour of chocolate makes people think a recipe is unhealthy or decadent, this chocolate Chaga smoothie uses raw organic cacao powder and is good for the body, with plenty of antioxidants and no added sugar or sweeteners!
The berries add a natural tinge of sweetness and the chocolate flavour in the smoothie comes from raw cocoa powder – another Superfood! You can change up the flavour by adding different types of berries, cinnamon, cloves or any type of spices you like!
- ½ sliced frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen berries (or any other fruit)
- 1 cup cold Chaga Mushroom tea (see above for directions)
- 1 tablespoon Superfoods Raw Cacao Powder
- Optional: pinch of cinnamon
Combine in blender: ½ sliced frozen banana, 1 cup frozen berries, 1 cup cold Chaga tea & 1 tablespoon Superfoods Raw Cacao Powder
Add a pinch of cinnamon if desired
Blend until smooth. Add more Chaga tea if consistency is too thick.
SuperFoods Wildcrafted Chaga Mushrooms are available online and at the Feelgood Health shop in Cape Town
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