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Are there guidelines for chaga tea consumption?

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The guidelines for chaga tea consumption caution those taking prescription medications, breast feeding or pregnant to consult a physician before incorporating the tea into their diets, according to ChagaTea.org. Preparing chaga tea requires a longer steeping time than most teas for drinkers to receive its reported health benefits, requiring 10 to 15 minutes in hot, filtered water for the best results. Individuals can drink chaga tea as it is, sweetened with honey or sugar, or with lemon, according to taste.

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The reported benefits of chaga tea, a mushroom-based tea, include strengthening of the immune system, slowing it down when overactive and giving it a boost when necessary, explains the Global Healing Center. Some research indicates that chaga tea activates immune cells known to fight cancer, but further research remains necessary as of 2015. The soothing properties of chaga can benefit those suffering from neuropathy and diabetes, and the tea supports a healthy gastrointestinal system. Chaga tea also has antioxidant properties.

One suggested preparation for chaga tea involves breaking the mushroom into 10-gram chunks and grinding one chunk into a powder, as Russell Jones for the Global Healing Center recommends. Using a teaspoon of the powder in a tea infuser creates a strong tea.

Until the tea finishes clinical trials, those taking blood-thinning medications or medicines meant to lower blood sugar levels should not consume chaga tea without first consulting a physician, as the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center cautions. As of 2015, researchers are studying ways to determine chaga's uses in preventing and treating cancer, immune stimulation, anti-inflammatory properties, and liver health.

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