Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) grows on birch trees in the circumboreal regions of Europe and Asia. It is a popular folk medicine in Siberia and has recently started attracting clinical attention for its potential benefits in the treatment of cancer and immune disorders as well as its uses in natural skincare.
Inonotus obliquus is rich in B-complex vitamins and triterpene compounds which have beneficial effects on inflammation and cell health. These triterpenes have been clinically proven to cause tumor cells to self-destruct without harming healthy cells. They also have immunomodulatory properties, helping the body’s immune system respond to stressors in a healthy way, which may help to control inflammation. Studies have shown chaga mushroom can protect cells from oxidative stress and inhibit premature cell aging.
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