Chaga is a medicinal mushroom that has become increasingly popular in the West in the past few years. However, most supplement stores do not carry extracts, they rather sell supplements in the form of capsules. The attached video shows you how to make Chaga extract at home.
What is wrong with capsules in the first place? Nothing, really. However, most supplement manufacturers use lubricants in the medicinal mushroom manufacturing process – such as magnesium stearate – which is said to reduce the absorption rate of the product. Liquid extracts do not have to be lubricated and some say that extracts, including Chaga extract, are more bioavailable.
Health benefits of Chaga
According to the attached video, Chaga contains the highest amount of antioxidants ever found in any plants – levels that are six times higher than those in Acai berry. Chaga mushroom is also immunomodulating, antiviral and antibacterial. It works as an adaptogen, increasing body’s resistance to stress and has anti-inflammatory properties. The video claims that Chaga extract has been used for centuries to treat stomach ulcers, gastritis, diabetes and cancer. Chaga is a medicinal mushroom that is also known as Inonotus Obliquus.
Only two ingredients required to make Chaga extract at home
The only two ingredients to make Chaga extract are Chaga mushroom itself and boiled cooled water. First you put the mushroom chunks in a bowl and cover with water. Cover and let soak for five hours or so. This makes the mushroom pieces softer.
The next steps are to take Chaga chunks out, soak them and weigh them. Write down the Chaga chunks’ weight. When you finally make Chaga extract, it should be five parts of water to one part of grated Chaga.
The rest of the process requires grating your Chaga chunks, combining with water (both the water you used to soak them, and added water based on your Chaga chunks’ weight), mixing both ingredients, and placing them in the fridge for two days. The video shows exactly how to make the extract, how to store and even gives you instructions on how much to consume.
There are different doses for general immune and antioxidant support and for more serious health conditions. So, if you are interested in making chaga extract, you will need to watch the 2 minute 43 second video for exact and easy-to-follow instructions.
The video is well put together by Margarita Eden, a Clinical Master Herbalist and Aromatherapist. She specializes in helping people to adapt a healthy lifestyle, including using herbal remedies, healthy diet and natural non-toxic skin care products. Her You Tube channel includes multiple instructional videos on how to prepare various remedies at home.
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