Adaptogen Recipe of the Week - Warm, Spicy Chaga Latte
WHAT IS CHAGA?
Chaga is an incredibly powerful medicinal mushroom that is highly sought after due to its phenomenal levels of antioxidants and healing properties.
Chaga grows on birch trees and is quickly becoming recognised as one of the world’s superfood leaders. It has the highest level of antioxidants of any food which is important for counteracting free radical damage.It is also an excellent source for vitamin D, vitamin K, multiple B vitamins, and minerals like iron, calcium, copper and zinc. Its various other constituents include betulin and betulinic acid, responsible for much of its positive effects, as well as flavonoids, polysaccharides and other phytonutrients. Consuming chaga will help keep your immune system strong, keep your skin healthy, alleviate stress as well as aid liver function and cardiovascular health. (source)
Chaga is rich in Vitamins A, C, B, D, and E and minerals such as manganese, iron, calcium, zinc, and selenium. It also contains potent anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-candida, and anti-parasite properties.
Chaga is also rich in beta-glucans which can dramatically strengthen and reinforce the immune system making it an ideal choice for those suffering with autoimmune conditions who wish to use chaga as a dietary supplement.
Chaga contains the highest level of superoxide dismutase (SOD) in the world which is an enzyme that promotes the breakdown of free radicals and has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, gout, scleroderma, osteoarthritis, and cataracts. Its anti-inflammatory properties makes it ideal for those with IBS, arthritis, colitis, cystitis, tendonitis, edema, asthma, celiac disease, and acne.
The wide range of healing benefits found in Chaga makes its one of the most important and essential medicinal foods to be included in one’s natural health regime. Chaga mushrooms grow in harmony with birch tress and can be found in northern regions of the United States and in the forest of the Appalachian mountains. It can also be found in temperate forests of Europe, Canada, China, Russia, and Korea where it is known as a “gift of God”.
CHAGA IS RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
Chaga tea is an incredibly beneficial drink since the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and healing compounds are easily and quickly assimilated and utilized by the body in this form. Chaga tea can be made in under a minute by simply adding 1 teaspoon of Chaga extract powder to 8oz of hot water. It has a rich, earthy coffee-like flavor that can be sweetened with honey, stevia, or coconut sugar if desired.
SPICED CHAGA LATTE RECIPE
1 teaspoon Chaga Extract Powder
1/4 tsp organic dark cacao powder
1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon
8oz hot water
1 teaspoon ORGANIC, unfiltered raw honey or organic coconut sugar
1/4 cup organic coconut milk
Just a pinch of turmeric and chili powder
Add the ingredients into a blender. Blend until well combined and frothy. You can also stir the ingredients together in a mug. It won't have the same frothiness but it will still taste delicious. Sip and savor.
Adapted from Chaga Latte recipe on Medical Medium Featured Image via Pinterest