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Chaga: The Popular New Alternative to Coffee

Chaga: The Popular New Alternative to Coffee

Estimates show that more than 80 percent of American adults need a java fix daily—so if you’re like most people, you probably drink at least one cup of coffee each day. But have you ever wished there was a healthier alternative? Energy drinks provide a similar caffeine boost, but they’re high in sugar, chemicals, and unnatural additives. Hot chocolate is comforting and can be flavored similarly to your regular cup of joe, but it won’t help you wake up and it’s often filled with syrup or whipped cream. Fortunately, there’s a historic herbal alternative that has become especially popular with people who are trying to kick their coffee habits—it’s called Chaga, and it’s now available from Paradox Chiropractic.

What is Chaga? Chaga mushrooms naturally grow on beech, alder, and birch trees in cold climates throughout the world. They have traditionally been used medicinally to strengthen and assist the immune system. Chaga’s history is thought to date back to 3,300 B.C, but the earliest documented evidence of people using Chaga occurred more than 2,000 years ago. Early Asian, Russian, and Siberian cultures used Chaga to promote longevity and abundant health, often referring to Chaga mushrooms as the “King of Herbs.”

How Does Chaga Work As an Alternative to Coffee? Chaga is often brewed into a tea that has a flavor very similar to coffee. It becomes more bitter as it is steeped longer, but people can easily brew the tea to taste. Overall, Chaga tea has an especially high level of antioxidants in addition to numerous vitamins and minerals such as B, D2, K, iron, calcium, and manganese. All of these powerful components provide a dramatic boost for your immune system that you simply can’t get from a regular cup of coffee.

The tea is very easy to prepare, and you can keep dried Chaga for up to two years when it is stored in a dry, dark place. Most people prefer to sweeten their Chaga tea with a bit of honey or liquid stevia. With its natural coffee-like taste and the addition of your favorite flavoring, a cup of Chaga tea is an easy replacement for your normal java routine.

What Benefits Does Chaga Offer? Though researchers are continuing to study Chaga tea to learn more about its unique benefits and potential healing properties, they already know that the herbal alternative to coffee has more antioxidants than most other foods and that it is a great way to boost your immune system. Chaga’s natural vitamins and protective properties make it an effective anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, and anti-fungal tea. For some people, Chaga also acts as a soothing remedy for stomach pain and indigestion.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Chaga tea and the incredible benefits of this unique alternative to coffee, there are a number of informative resources available online. To learn more about Chaga’s unique properties, check out these helpful guides from Chaga Tea, Nutrition Articles Online, and Truly Organic Foods.

Photo Credits:  images by Charles de Mille-Isles

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