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Fountain of youth & immune system booster: We are now drinking chaga mushroom tea
Fountain of youth & immune system booster: We are now drinking chaga mushroom tea

Stars like Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry or Kelly Osbourne swear by the medicinal mushroom called Chaga. We interviewed an expert and tested the tea.

Fountain of youth, anti-inflammatory drugs, immune system boosters: we're drinking chaga mushroom tea now
Fountain of youth, anti-inflammatory drugs, immune system boosters: we're drinking chaga mushroom tea now

Our immune system is weak, our energy level is low, the skin is pale, we are stressed and our digestion is so-so … Especially in winter we often have the feeling that our body is fighting against us rather than with us. Medicinal mushrooms have been on the advance for a long time and promise to strengthen us and provide us with important nutrients.

Stars like Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry or Kelly Osbourne swear by the chaga mushroom and hyped it as a fountain of youth. The reason: The fungus that grows on birch trees in cold Russia contains a particularly high number of antioxidants. And by high, we mean high. The medicinal mushroom has an Orac value (the ability of a food to render oxygen radicals harmless) of over 36.5 million. For comparison: the Orac value of grape seed extract has a value of 100,000, goji berries have a value of 40,000. Chaga also contains B vitamins (B3, B5 and B2) and minerals such as potassium, manganese, sodium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and copper.

5 facts about chaga:

  • Two chaga mushroom chunks were found in Ötzi's belt pouch. So the mushroom is actually an ancient remedy.
  • In Asian folk medicine, Chaga has been used in medicinal medicine for more than five millennia.
  • In 1955, the Russian Ministry of Health officially recognized and approved the mushroom as a medicinal product.
  • A chaga mushroom usually needs about 15 years before it can be designated as ripe.
  • It needs minus 30 degrees and below to thrive. As a protection against the cold, the mushroom forms this unique composition.

The properties of chaga:

  • Chaga is very similar to human DNA (30% closer to us than any other plant in the world).
  • The mushroom is an outstanding plant adaptogen - it regulates the stress level.
  • Due to the many antioxidants, Chaga has an extremely anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Oxidative stress accelerates the aging process. This is also slowed down by the antioxidants.
  • Contains 50 times more superoxide dismutase (SOD) than any other medicinal mushroom. The antioxidant plays an important role in protecting our body from free radicals.
  • Chaga contains 215 health-promoting plant substances
  • Strengthens and stimulates our immune system.
  • Has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.
  • Maintains skin elasticity (can also help in the treatment of psoriasis, acne or neurodermatitis).
  • Can increase energy levels and performance.
  • The tea is also used as a coffee substitute.
  • Can regulate blood pressure and lower blood sugar levels in diabetes.
  • Regulates digestion, has a supportive effect on the intestinal flora, detoxifies and helps with gastritis.
  • Used in conjunction with cancer therapies.

I drank chaga tea for 4 weeks - this is what happened:

It is very simple: a glass of tea every day and you are prepared for the day. Basically, I am quite skeptical about such promises. However, the chaga tea convinced me. And there are two really good reasons for this: My energy level has increased significantly, the stress level has decreased. I can also confirm that my immune system was also happy about the nutrient supply. However, I am very rarely sick, so I can only wink at my colleague, who has been sick all week but somehow doesn't really get a fever. I've been supplying her with chaga tea for the past few days and it's still there. "I'm feeling a little better," she is just letting me know. What I can say is that you may not notice the effect immediately, but after a three-week break I was able to notice how I suddenly got back to work. For me that means: I can still have my glass of chaga tea on an empty stomach.

My complexion has also improved - albeit minimally, but at least. However, my impurities are hormonal and worsen depending on how I eat. Of course, the mushroom cannot do magic either. However, it really gets your digestion going! By the way, the taste of the chaga is similar to black tea, rooibos tea or light filter coffee. It has a slightly bitter taste, even tastes a little like vanilla. If you don't like the taste, you can "stretch" the tea with hot water after it has been boiled.


Chaga can be taken as a tincture in the form of drops. Usually, however, it is drunk as a tea. In addition, the Chaga mushroom is available in the form of a water-based and alcohol-free dry or liquid extract or as granules. As WoodKPlus at the Vienna University of Technology found out, the chaga reaches the highest ORAC value if it is cooked for at least 15 minutes, in the best case 60 minutes or more (ORAC 36, 5 - 80 million after 6 hours). That means: The chaga tea should be boiled for one hour (100 ° degrees). It was found that the antioxidants and the fiber beta-glucan are not sensitive to heat! After preparation, the tea can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. Simply stir the dry extract into hot water. The liquid extract does not have to be heated and can also be stirred into cold water or taken directly under the tongue (sublingually).

3 questions to the chaga experts:

Gregor Staudner, owner of the Viennese shop "The Art of Raw" and Max Brandl have been dealing with chaga for a long time. You are now having the fungus researched in collaboration with WoodKPlus at the Vienna University of Technology and are constantly passing this knowledge on to customers.


The effects of chaga are now being researched in Vienna. Are there also experiments on humans?

"In the near future, we want to have a blood sample tested to see how the chaga affects people. The ability of the antioxidants to react is to be tested. The oxidative stress level is measured here: What does the blood look like after the test subjects have drunk chaga for two weeks and how after two weeks without the fungus. A doctor from Vienna will work with us to measure the antioxidant capacity in the blood to prove the differences. But basically there are already numerous studies on chaga worldwide. There are still few studies on the adaptogens, for example."

What are adaptogens?

"These are secondary nutrients in chaga that regulate the hormonal balance. For example cortisol, the so-called" stress hormone "- you shouldn't have too much of it. However, you need a certain level. With hormones, the balance is just incredibly important - they play finally together like a soccer team. Serotonin, dopamine, adrenaline: The correct interaction of these hormones is immensely important. Adaptogens can help regulate them. The melanin content of chaga is also impressive. Melanin is contained in the black crust of the mushroom and is converted into melatonin by the pineal gland (in the brain). The pineal gland can become calcified through poor nutrition, stress, air pollution, etc. This calcification can be removed with melanin. But melanin has another important advantage: It improves our sleep."


What other important substances are there?

"In addition to the antioxidants, the beta-glucan value in chaga is particularly impressive. Beta-glucan is a fiber that is contained in oats, for example. 15 percent of the chaga mushroom consists of this nutrient. You would have to eat a lot of oatmeal to get it And if you did that, you would be missing an enzyme that would absorb this amount of fiber and make it bioavailable. The genius of Chaga is that it has these enzymes from the outset. The synergy between the enzymes in the mushroom the beta-glucan available for us. What should also be mentioned: Chaga stimulates the metabolism and serves as a fat burner. And even regulates blood pressure. A real all-rounder!"

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