Chaga mushroom is a type of fungi found in the colder regions of Northern Asia and Northern Europe. Chaga mushrooms have been prepared traditionally as health tonics in Siberia, Korea, China, and Northern Europe.
Benefits of Chaga Mushrooms
Prized for its medicinal properties, Chaga mushroom contains a range of health-giving bioactive including polysaccharides, phenolic compounds, and lanostane triterpenoids. These compounds help boost the immune system, enhance the body’s ability to heal itself, and—on cellular level—prevent free radical damage that leads to cell mutation.
Chaga mushrooms also contain antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-candida, and anti-viral properties. They contain one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals that causes cell damage.
Cancer patients are often encouraged to take chaga mushroom extracts or chaga mushroom teas and tonics to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells, boost the immune system, and hasten the recovery process in between chemotherapy as well as aid in the usual symptoms caused by cancer treatments.
This mushroom also contains Beta-Glucans, a compound that regulates the immune system, triggering the production of NK cells, lymphocytes, or macrophages. When an overactive immune system kicks in, it causes a variety of allergic reactions. When you take chaga tea or extracts, the immune system is modulated, minimizing the symptoms that come from an allergic reaction.
Figuring Out the Right Chaga Extract Dosage
Just like anything in life, too much of a good thing does not have great outcomes at all. Because chaga mushrooms contain potent bioactive that affects the body, it’s important to keep an eye on your chaga extract dosage.
Normal dosage of chaga extracts for people weighing 150 is 45 drops. If you weigh less than 150 lbs., decrease the daily dosage volume by percentage of your weight. For individuals who are over 150 lbs., increase your daily dosage by percentage of your weight.
A word of caution: our individual tolerances to dosages to the herb will differ. If you’re taking chaga extracts, take the recommended dosage. Or better yet, consult with a licensed practitioner and ask to control the dosage according to your health’s needs and your weight. If you feel unusual symptoms from taking the extracts—such as nausea, headaches, etc—minimize the dosage. If symptoms persist, discontinue taking the mushroom extracts.
Because chaga extracts are water-soluble, you cannot overdose from it. Whatever excess mushroom extracts your body cannot use will be expelled as waste from the body through the urea.
How to Take Chaga Extracts
Unlike chaga teas that are prepared the same way, chaga extracts can be taken in different ways. With the recommended number of extract drops, put it in a 8fl.oz to 16fl.oz water bottle and fill it with either water or fruit juice. Don’t use hot water; it could neutralize the mushroom extracts’ potency.
Swish the liquid in your mouth and in-between teeth for 30 to 60 seconds. Before 4PM, make sure you finish your entire bottle of water with the mushroom extracts.