What exactly is Chaga?
The Changa mushroom is one of the most unique mushroom varieties in the world. This nutritionally dense mushroom doesn’t sprout from the ground like most varieties of mushrooms and nor does it look like a mushroom at all.
The Chaga mushroom grows on birch trees and looks somewhat like a burnt part of the tree. But don’t let its looks deceive you – this mushroom is known as the “King of Medicinal Mushrooms” due to its high levels of medicinal and nutritional properties.
Although the Chaga mushroom is a little picky with the climate and prefers to grow in the cold seasons of Russia, Canada, and other Northern European countries, it still found its way to Australian shelves. And it’s been part of most healthy diets ever since.
Traditionally, the Siberian Chaga was used as a herbal medicine in Russia and other European countries. For centuries, it was widely used to improve one’s immunity and overall health.
Back then, the Chaga mushrooms that were harvested from the birch trees were grated into fine powder. This powder can make several cups of herbal tea when brewed.
The Chaga mushroom herbal tea was also believed to be great medicine for treating diabetes, heart disease and other types of cancer.
Chaga Mushroom Health Benefits
Supports your Immune System
As mentioned above, Chaga mushroom is rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants flush out free radicals in the body to preserve the integrity of the cells and ultimately improve certain immune responses of the body.
Helps Fight Inflammation
Ingesting Chaga mushrooms can regulate the production of cytokines. Cytokines are a large group of proteins that are vital in controlling inflammation—which is our body’s response to diseases or illnesses.
It Can Help You Lower Your Caffeine Intake
Chaga mushroom tea is a great substitute for your regular tea and coffee. Especially if you’re trying to reduce your caffeine. Its flavour is as earthy as coffee and tea but Chaga mushroom is much healthier because it doesn’t have any trace of caffeine.
How to Use Chaga Mushroom
The Chaga mushroom extract is one of the best alternatives to coffee and tea. Just simply brew it like how you fix your coffee and you already have a warm and healthy cup to power up any day!
It can also be added to your smoothies, milkshakes, ice cream, or any recipes you like. The Chaga mushroom extract is a super fine powder so you can easily mix them into many different dishes.
Different Forms of Chaga Mushroom
The Chaga mushroom can take many forms. Depending on your preferences, it can be ingested in several ways:
Powdered extracts are fine powder versions of the Chaga mushroom. During ancient times, the Chaga mushroom was simply grated then brewed. But with the advent of the advanced process called freeze-drying, superfoods were easily ground into powder without compromising the integrity of the nutritional compounds of the superfood. You can buy our Siberian Chaga Mushroom Extract and Freeze-Dried Siberian Chaga here.
Superfood capsules like the Freeze-Dried Siberian Chaga Mushroom Capsules are powdered extracts enclosed in a hard shell. The good thing about capsules is that you can’t smell a piece or even taste it. It’s perfect for those who are very particular to taste and smell.
Siberian Chaga Tincture like other tinctures can be used as an instant tonic tea elixir. Just drop it into your favourite tea, coffee, milk, honey, or warm water.
Buy Chaga Mushroom Extract in Australia
Superfoods Australia's Chaga Mushroom Extract is wild harvested in Siberia and is a pure and potent 30:1 extract. It is EU and USDA certified organic and vegan and paleo friendly. It doesn't contain any fillers, starches, binders, artificial ingredients or colours. Choose from Siberian Chaga Extract Powder, Freeze Dried Siberian Chaga Extract Powder, Freeze Dried Chaga Extract Capsules, Siberian Chaga Tincture, or Siberian Chaga Capsules.