Kat Hoyle Updated by Kat Hoyle

Chaga, or Inonotus obliquus, is a peculiar mushroom that grows predominantly on birch trees in cold northern forests. Revered as a "Gift from God" by the Siberians and the "Diamond of the Forest" by the Japanese, Chaga's history is deeply rooted in Northern European folk medicine. Traditionally, it has been used to boost overall health as well as treating general ailments.

Chaga is distinct not just for its appearance but also for its myriad health benefits. Here are a few reasons to make it a staple in your diet:

Rich antioxidant profile: Chaga has been found to possess a potent antioxidant activity. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology reported that Chaga exhibits antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage by free radicals. (Park et al., 2004).

Immune modulation: Chaga is believed to have beneficial effects on the immune system. A study in the Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications journal suggested that Chaga can stimulate the production of immune cells, enhancing the body's ability to combat infections and diseases. (Kim et al., 2005).

Anti-cancer Potential: Chaga has garnered attention for its potential anti-tumor properties. In a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, Chaga extract inhibited growth and induced apoptosis in liver cancer cells. (Youn et al., 2009).

Anti-inflammatory properties: The betulin and betulinic acid found in Chaga, derived from its host birch trees, are believed to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects. A European Journal of Pharmacology study highlighted Chaga's potential in reducing inflammation in intestinal disorders. (Najafzadeh et al., 2009).

Try adding it into a hot drink or your favourite shake, smoothie or recipe.

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