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Chaga Mushrooms’ Immune & Anticancer Potential

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What Do Chaga Mushrooms Do?

Chaga mushrooms, which also go by other delightful names including “sterile conk trunk rot” and “black mass”, are a type of fungus that grow on birch trees in cold climates such as Alaska, Northern Canada, Northern Europe, and Siberia.

They’ve enjoyed a long use as a folk remedy in Northern Europe and Siberia, mostly to boost immunity, mostly in the form of a herbal tea.

Let’s see what the science says…

Does it boost the immune system?

It definitely does if you’re a mouse! We couldn’t find any studies on humans yet. But for example:

(cytokines are special proteins that regulate the immune system, and Chaga tells them to tell the body to produce more white blood cells)

Wait, does that mean it increases inflammation?

Definitely not if you’re a mouse! We couldn’t find any studies on humans yet. But for example:

Anti-inflammatory things often fight cancer. Does chaga?

Definitely if you’re a mouse! We couldn’t find any studies in human cancer patients yet. But for example:

Continuous intake of the Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) aqueous extract suppresses cancer progression and maintains body temperature in mice

While in vivo human studies are conspicuous by their absence, there have been in vitro human studies, i.e., studies performed on cancerous human cell samples in petri dishes. They are promising:

I heard it fights diabetes; does it?

You’ll never see this coming, but: definitely if you’re a mouse! We couldn’t find any human studies yet. But for example:

Is it safe?

Honestly, there simply have been no human safety studies to know for sure, or even to establish an appropriate dosage.

Its only-partly-understood effects on blood sugar levels and the immune system may make it more complicated for people with diabetes and/or autoimmune disorders, and such people should definitely seek medical advice before taking chaga.

Additionally, chaga contains a protein that can prevent blood clotting. That might be great by default if you are at risk of blood clots, but not so great if you are already on blood-thinning medication, or otherwise have a bleeding disorder, or are going to have surgery soon.

As with anything, we’re not doctors, let alone your doctors, so please consult yours before trying chaga.

Where can we get it?

We don’t sell it (or anything else), but for your convenience, here’s an example product on Amazon.


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