Prepared from the mushroom of the same name, a very popular adaptogen remedy, this infusion is a concentrate of benefits
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Chaga tea is an infusion prepared with the mushroom of the same name, used for centuries in Siberia and other areas of Asia as an adaptogen remedy (it is considered a real superfood). The benefits of consuming Chaga tea are diverse and important.
Among these, it is possible to mention the contrast to the inflammatory processes of the body and the improvement of the efficiency of the immune defenses. Science has repeatedly focused on these properties of the Chaga mushroom, which grows mainly on the bark of birch trees.
Worthy of note in this regard is a study published in 2005 and conducted by an active team at the National University of Seoul (Korea). The experts in question focused on the immunomodulatory effect of the aqueous extract of Inonotus obliquus – the Latin name of the Chaga mushroom – and specifically considered the bone marrow cells of a sample of chemically immunosuppressed mice.
Following the administration of the aforementioned extract, higher levels of interleukin-6 were found, known for its action as a multifunctional cytokine, including anti-inflammatory. As is clear, this is a study on animal models. The same goes for all those who have demonstrated the ability of the Chaga mushroom to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Chaga tea – which must be brewed at low temperatures – can also be useful for controlling blood sugar levels. Also in this situation, it is possible to call into question various scientific proofs that always concern animal models.
Worth mentioning is a scientific study whose details were made public in 2017. The experts who conducted it, a Chinese team active at Tianjin University, focused in particular on the hypoglycemic effects of the Chaga mushroom, focusing on the conditions of a sample of mice with induced type 2 diabetes.
At follow up, they found that the administration of the aforementioned nutrients is able to positively affect body weight, fat mass and fasting glucose levels.
Talking about the benefits of Chaga tea is important, but we must not forget its contraindications. Among these, it is possible to mention the intake of drugs against diabetes and medicines to thin the blood. To remove any doubts, before starting to take it, it is advisable to ask your doctor for advice.