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Medicinal mushrooms are backed by dozens of studies that support their ability to improve immune function, reduce inflammation, protect against cancer, and more.
Although not technically a mushroom, Chaga comes from a fungus that grows in cold climates, primarily on birch trees. It looks like a chunk of charred wood, but has a soft, brilliant orange interior. It’s a staple in Russian, Asian, and Scandinavian folk medicine, usually consumed as a tea to improve immunity and boost resistance.
Chaga is high in antioxidants, it protects against inflammation by inhibiting inflammatory compounds. Chaga also fights viral and bacterial infections, improves immune response, and may protect against cancer.
Chaga has an earthy, slightly bitter flavor that’s perfect as a coffee alternative—just simmer dried chunks of Chaga in water, then strain. Or heat coconut milk, then whisk in Chaga powder, cocoa powder, and honey or agave to make a healing mocha.
- Combine coconut milk, cacao powder, and coconut sugar in small pot, and heat to almost boiling. Whisk in MCT oil and mushroom powder. Pour into mug, garnish with cacao nibs, if using, and serve immediately.
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- Calories 140
- Carbohydrate Content 8 g
- Cholesterol Content 0 mg
- Fat Content 12 g
- Fiber Content 1 g
- Protein Content 0 g
- Saturated Fat Content 11 g
- Sodium Content 20 mg
- Sugar Content 4 g