The use of mushroom supplements has been increasing for quite some time, and while we might be familiar with some of the more common mushrooms, like reishi and shiitake, the real star of the show these days is the chaga mushroom.
The chaga mushroom is popping up in everything from tea and coffee to premade drinks and for good reason.
Chaga is a dark, bark-like mushroom that typically can be found growing on birch trees in colder climates. Though some can be found in more northern parts of America, chaga has been traditionally used for hundreds of years in Russia and parts of Europe.
Known for its high concentration of antioxidants, one could see where chaga could be helpful for immune support as well as other issues that produce oxidative stress.
Many people use this amazing mushroom for liver support and to help maintain a healthy inflammation response.
As someone who uses chaga, I am always pleasantly surprised by the sustained level of energy that a hot cup of this dark brew can provide.
For this reason alone, it is prized by many endurance athletes as a stamina-boosting supplement to their training regimen.
Many coffee drinkers will find the familiar dark roasted flavor of chaga to be a great alternative for their go-to pickme-up.
I find that chaga and roasted dandelion root can make a great liver supporting tea blend. You can also mix a scoop of chaga powder in a cacao-based smoothie for a quick and energizing drink.
Next time you are in your local health food store, check the shelves for chaga and give this highly nutritious mushroom a try.
Travis Lemon is a certified herbalist and co-owner of Tulsi at The Market in Huntington. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.