Chaga mushrooms grow in Russia, in areas of the Ural Mountains, and other parts of the northern hemisphere, where they grow on birch trees that are dead, dying, or wounded. Fortunately, what is parasitic for the unhealthy birch is great for humans. The health benefits of chaga mushrooms have been well-established for centuries; the fungus was traditionally grated into a powder and steeped in tea or even coffee.
According to a study published in the Journal of Enthnopharmacology, chaga mushroom extract promotes immune system function by encouraging the production of cytokines, proteins vital for cellular communication. With improved communication, your immune system cells can better collectively combat threats posed by viruses or other infection-causing agents. During cold and flu season, regularly drinking a cup of chaga mushroom tea will give your immune system a welcome boost.
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