What are the health benefits of chaga tea?
Chaga tea, made from the Chaga mushroom, has a range of benefits that contribute to the body's overall health and wellness, according to Chaganowledge.com. Because of the mushroom's rich level of antioxidants, these benefits can include chronic disease prevention, increased energy, nutrition and heightened immunity.
The chaga mushroom is a parasitic fungus that grows on the side of birch trees and resembles a dark mass of burnt tree bark, explains ChagaTea.org. It grows in birch forests across Korea, parts of Asia, Europe and most of North America, thriving on the cold winter climates of its environment. During its growing period of five to seven years, it extracts most of its host tree's nutrients and stores them for itself, explains Mountain Rose Herbs. This process leads to the high level of antioxidants and vitamins that can be extracted from the mushroom when it's ready to be harvested.
In parts of Russia and eastern Europe, the chaga mushroom has been seeped in hot water and consumed as tea since the 16th century and continues to be used for its rejuvenating properties as a common homeopathic solution around the world, states Mountain Rose Herbs. Chaga tea retailers agree on its benefits to human wellness, nutritional value, large source of vitamins, and digestive properties. Chagaknowledge.com explains how some scientists have been able to link the chaga mushroom to the possible prevention and treatment of major illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.