Chaga ( Inonotus obliquus)
USE CHAGA TO: Ward off the common cold Have shiny, thick hair and glowing skin Lower inflammation caused by a busy, stressful life
If reishi is the queen of mushrooms, then chaga is the big daddy, the implacable and respected father of the mushroom world. The first recorded usage of chaga dates to 17th- century Russia, where it was widely used in folk medicine to treat everything from cancers to gastrointestinal issues.
Like reishi, chaga has astonishing immuno-modulating powers. Chaga polysaccharides, specifically its beta-g lu cans, have the ability to boost the production of lymphocytes ( white blood cell that regulates the immune response to infectious microorganisms and other foreign substances). Chaga is also a rich source of antioxidants. In fact, one dose of dual- extracted chaga ( the typical amount found in
a single cup of strong chaga tea) packs the same number of antioxidants as 30 pounds of carrots.
For me, chaga has proven itself to be a health miracle. I travel extensively for business, so I am constantly exposed to diff erent kinds of germs. Whenever I feel the inkling of a cold coming on, I double my daily dose of chaga ( which is 1,000– 2,000 mg of strong chaga extract). As a result, I haven’t been sick in almost a decade. I’m not claiming to be superhuman, but chaga has been remarkably eff ective at protecting me against the common cold. Editor’s Product Pick: North American Herb & Spice ChagaMax