Welcome to another round of Tuesday Tea! Each week I try to highlight a new tea, and the benefits it brings. This week’s tea is Chaga Mushroom Tea. The first time I tried it, I remember looking at my cup trying to get a clue. You see, I made the tea just because I wanted to try it out. Little did I know this tastes very similar to coffee. I was looking at my stainless steel tumbler as if it would miraculously reveal its contents. Later on, I went to do some research on the tea. Besides the flavor, I also noticed how energetic I was after drinking it. This made me so excited, and I have been a fan of it ever since.
With all of that said, it also packs a super healthy punch! In today’s blog let’s talk a little bit about the benefits of Chaga Mushroom Tea.
There have been some studies that looked into the effects of Chaga Mushroom tea and how cancer cells responds to it. Apparently it prevents cancer, and slows the growth of tumors. In another study looking at colon cancer, the water from chaga tea was shown to destroy the cells. With all of the things we come in contact with daily that are cancer causing, this is a great tea to include regularly in your rotation.
Immune System Function
This was another interesting fact about this tea that I wouldn’t have thought. We often times think about how we can boost our immune system. How often do we think about down regulating it though? Chaga Mushroom tea does both! It boosts the immune system where it is needed, and down regulates it when it is overactive. Can you tell how excited I am about this tea? I definitely want to try this next allergy season to see how it helps with my immune system’s over reaction to pollen and grass.
Reduction of Inflammation
The articles got a little technical around this health benefit, so I would suggest you go read it for yourself. Here is what it said though
Cytokines in your body, such as tumor necrosis factor alpha, are responsible for inflammation. Betulinic acid, inotodial, and ergosterol peroxide are compounds in chaga that help reduce inflammation by inhibiting the production of cytokines.
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The outer portion of the chaga mushroom (sclerotium) contains high amounts of polyphenols, which act as antioxidants. They protect against free radicals that may lead to liver and other organ damage. This is encouraging, but more study is needed to confirm chaga mushrooms’ effectiveness in liver protection. (1)
Chaga mushrooms may help prevent stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori. Substances found in chaga may prevent H. pylori bacteria from growing by interfering with bacterial cell communication. (1)
Polysaccharides present in chaga mushrooms have been found to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol in animal testing, but it’s too soon to know whether that’s true in people. (1)
Lower Blood Pressure
Researchers found that inflammation caused by oxidative stress may contribute to high blood pressure. Chaga’s antioxidant properties may help combat oxidation and lower blood pressure. (1)
Lower Blood Sugar
In addition to regulating the immune system, the types of beta-D-glucans found in chaga have also been shown to help lower blood sugar levels. More research is needed to confirm how effective this may be in the treatment of conditions like diabetes. (1)
These are just a few of the benefits of Chaga Mushroom tea. Did I mention it gives you a boost of energy? I did 10 miles with 3000ft climb elevation on a cup of Chaga Mushroom tea. Be sure to try it out, and let me know what you think of it. Tune in for next week’s tea!