Chaga has some amazing qualities! If you have a serious condition, it's always important to talk to your doctor before changing anything about your lifestyle. That being said, here are some of the benefits and best ways to consume Chaga to lessen discomfort associated with serious conditions.
Chaga contains a number of highly beneficial components. These include Antioxidants, Polysaccharides, Melanin, Beta-D Glucans, Phytosterols, Betulin/Betulinic Acid, Super Oxide Dismutase, Potassium, Vitamin B, and more!
What do all these fancy words mean and how do they affect my body?
Antioxidants: Antioxidants relieve Oxidative Stress. Oxidative Stress is a form of stress that causes and increase in harmful free radical cells in the body. This stress occurs when we do harm to our body (intentionally or otherwise) smoking, exercising heavily, coming in contact with certain pesticides, chemicals and pollutants in the air, coming in contact with radiation, heavily drinking and more. This stress enables free radical cells to roam the body, this can lead to serious problems such as DNA damage, diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart conditions, high blood pressure, neurodegenerative diseases and even cancer. Antioxidants reduce the amount of free radical cells that are allowed to roam the body, therefore decreasing the risk of serious conditions.
Polysaccharides: Polysaccharides are complex carbohydrates that provide energy and help relieve fatigue.
Melanin: Melanin is the pigment found in our skin. It helps prevent sunburn and promote a healthy complexion.
Beta-D Glucans: Beta Glucans are an immune modulator. They essentially 'teach' your immune system to work smarter rather than harder. This way, your immune system is more effective when protecting you from harmful entities.
Phytosterols: Help to reduce blood cholesterol levels
Betulin/Betulinic Acid: Betulin is a compound found in the birch tree. It attacks and destroys foreign invader cells, protecting the birch from within. Our human cells are immune to Betulin, but they will still eliminate foreign invaders in our body.
Super Oxide Dismutase: An enzyme that helps break down oxygen inside cells, which could lead to Oxidative Stress.
Adaptogen: Chaga is an adaptogen, which means that it helps your body respond well to stress. It does this by supporting your adrenal system.
Tea vs. Tincture For Intensive Wellness
Drinking Chaga As a Tea - Chaga tea contains Antioxidants, Polysaccharides, Super Oxide Dismutase, Vitamin B1 and much more. These are some amazing benefits, but the tea lacks Beta-D Glucans, Betulin, and Melanin.
Making an Alcohol Extraction- You can extract Beta-D Glucans, Betulin, and Melanin from the Chaga's dense chitin layer, by performing an alcohol extraction. However, this doesn't give you the water soluble components found in the tea
To gain all of the wellness-enhancing compounds found in Chaga, we perform a double extraction. This combines the alcohol extraction and hot water extraction. We have detailed instructions on the first page of our 'Recipes and Tutorials' tab, but a quick breakdown of it is this:
Fill a jar with loose Chaga and an equal amount of 140 proof alcohol (or higher)
Leave it in a cupboard for 2 months, shaking daily
Remove Chaga Pulp from mixture (KEEP BOTH LIQUID AND PULP FOR LATER)
Pour alcohol into small jar
Take Chaga pulp and brew a tea (boil for a 3 minutes, longer for more potency)
Strain out liquid
Add tea liquid to alcohol liquid
Compost or throw away the Chaga pulp
You're all done!
Important Note: Chaga is no substitute for proper nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle. Chaga can help you augment your wellness regimen, but cannot replace these vital parts of wellness.
Disclaimer: Chaga is not intended to treat, cure, or diagnose any illness, disease or condition. People taking diabetic medication should not consume Chaga, as it is a natural blood sugar regulator, and can sometimes negate your medication. Talk to your doctor before changing anything regarding your lifestyle or medication.
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