Chaga (Scientific name: Inonotus obliquus) is a parasitic fungus that grows on Birch tree trunks. It can be commonly found in parts of Russia, Korea, Japan, the United States,and Canada.
This mushroom has been widely used for thousands of years as a part of folk and Ayurvedic medicine to treat various kinds of ailments. Hence Chaga mushroom is also known as the ‘King of Medicinal mushrooms. It is commonly powdered and used to brew beverages just like tea or coffee. Chaga Mushroom price in India is approximately 100 rupees/Kilogram.
Here are a few health benefits of this medicinal mushroom:
· Reduces Inflammation
The Chaga mushroom extract has the ability to reduce inflammation by suppressing the pro-inflammatory molecules.
· Prevents and fights Cancer
Chaga mushroom has the ability to prevent cancer and slow its growth, giving the human body extra time to fight it. Chaga has been shown to inhibit colon and liver cancer cell growth.
· Protects the Liver
Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the human body. These free radicals react easily with other molecules causing harm to our body especially our liver. The antioxidants present in Chaga mushroom stabilize these free radicals and protects out the liver.
· Supports Immune system
Chaga is a rich source of beta-glucans, which are known for their ability to support the immune system. It stimulates the growth of Cytokine molecules which are the Immune system messengers and fights the invading infections.
· Fights Diabetes
Chaga has been proven to reduce the blood sugar levels, hence preventing Diabetes.
· Reduces Oxidative stress
Oxidative stress is a disturbance in the balance between the production of free radicals and antioxidants in the body. These free radicals if not stabilized by the antioxidants can cause harm to the body.
Chaga mushroom reduces this oxidative stress as it is rich in antioxidants.
· Acts as an Anti-aging agent
The antioxidants present in Chaga mushroom have the ability to slow down the aging process and also reduce the visible signs of aging such as wrinkles, dull skin and dark spots.
· Boosts exercise endurance
Chaga extracts boost exercise performance by reducing the fatigue. The compounds present in it have proven to reduce fatigue to a great extent and increase the ability to perform better.
· Promotes cognitive function
The elements of Chaga extract have the ability to improve cognitive function. It reduces the brain oxidative stress and promotes learning and memory.
· Reduces pain
Chaga extract reduces the reaction to pain by blocking the function of the enzymes involved in the generation of pain similar to drugs like aspirin. It reduces the swelling,and the pain localized to the region and provides relief.
· Prevents improper blood clots
In the human body, platelets combine with each other to inhibit bleeding, which is also known as blood clots. Sometimes improper blood clots in veins can lead to heart attacks. Chaga prevents this dangerous situation.
· Acts as an adaptogen
Adaptogens are unique herbs or plants that help our body resist physical, chemical and biological stressors. These herbs are widely used in Ayurvedic healing procedures. Chaga mushroom is one of the popular adaptogens used.
· Contains a plethora of nutrients
Chaga mushroom is rich in several vitamins and minerals such as amino acids, vitamin D, B-complex vitamins, fiber, copper, iron, zinc, calcium,and many others.
· Lowers bad cholesterol
Chaga mushroom has antioxidants that reduce the Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) which is also known as ‘the bad cholesterol,’ hence lowering the chances of heart diseases.
· Regulates Blood pressure
People with high blood pressure are prone to several cardiovascular ailments such as heart attacks.
Chaga mushroom is rich in antioxidants and has the potential to regulate blood pressure.