Chaga mushrooms are used to make a tea, which is thought to have health benefits such as helping to prevent and cure cancer, promoting digestive health, strengthening the body and helping a person to live longer. Chaga mushrooms have one of the highest levels of antioxidants found in nature, and they are packed full of many essential vitamins and nutrients.
These mushrooms have very high levels of vitamins A, C and E; lycopene; beta carotene; calcium; copper; zinc; manganese; potassium and iron. They also contain high amounts of superoxide dismutase, a powerful enzyme that helps to block the free radical singlet oxygen, which causes major damage to the body's muscles, organs and other tissues.
Chaga is a large black or brown fungus belonging to the Basidiomycetes family, which grows on birch trees in the cold, northern regions of Scandinavia, Siberia, China and North America. It only grows in the wild, and repeated attempts to cultivate it have all ended in failure. It has been used as a health supplement for centuries by people in Japan, China and Siberia, and it's now approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Russia has recognized it as an accepted cancer treatment since the 1950s.