Chaga Mushroom

What is Chaga Mushroom

Chaga mushroom, also known as Inonotus obliquus, is one of the widely known medicinal mushrooms that has been used by people to fight various cancers in Russia and most of Baltic countries for many centuries.[1] Chaga is a fungus which is a parasite of birch trees grown in cold climates in the northern hemisphere. More recently, chaga has been gaining popularity in the West where people have started taking it for its numerous health benefits. People take chaga for heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, tuberculosis, parasites, stomach pain, and certain types of cancer.[2]

Chaga Mushroom health benefits

Chaga mushroom, known as the “King of Medicinal Mushrooms, is widely associated with a variety of health benefits. It is considered the second most antioxidant-rich food in the world aside from chocolate. It plays a role in cancer prevention and has a direct anti-tumor effects.[3] It has also been reported that Chaga mushroom has many therapeutic effects, such as anti-inflammatory, immuno-modulatory and hepatoprotective effects.[4] The common health benefits of Chaga mushroom include:Helps people fight cancer [5] Improves immune system [6] May have anti-viral abilities [7] Reduces inflammation [8] Improves physical endurance [9] Reduces oxidative stress [10] Helps people who have diabetes [11] Improves cognitive functions like learning and memory [12] Relieves pain [13] Has antioxidant effects [14] People report that it promotes longevityChaga mushroom contains high levels of betulin or betulinic acid, which are compounds commonly found in birch trees and helps reduce cholesterol and balances blood sugar by increasing insulin sensitivity. It is also well-known for improving immune function. Being a strong antibacterial and antiviral, it is helpful for cold and flu. Its melanin helps fight radiation and tumors.[15]


Chaga mushrooms may stimulate the immune system. It contains several compounds that have antioxidant effects. Chaga mushrooms may reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Chaga mushrooms have the high total phenolic contents which maybe the reason for its strong antioxidant activity. Like several other mushrooms, chaga mushrooms also possesses anti-cancer activity. The ergosterol peroxide from Inonotus obliquus exhibits anti-cancer activity by down-regulation of the β-catenin pathway in colorectal cancer and it shows that it down-regulated β-catenin signaling, which exerted anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic activities in colorectal cancer (CRC) cells. This proves that chaga mushrooms can be developed as promising medicine to help people fight colon cancer.[16]

recomendation and consideration

Chaga mushrooms may be well tolerated. It’s still unclear about its side effects and safety. However, it may interact with certain chemical substances, especially pharmaceutical medications. Also taking high dosage of chaga mushrooms may lead to certain health problems. You are advised to speak to your doctor before using this supplement.
Also if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s best to avoid chaga mushrooms.

The proper dose of chaga mushrooms depends on several factors like the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. A typical dosage may be 200 – 800 mg per day. You are recommended to always speak to a health professional about the best dosage of chaga mushroom for you.



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