Morning Chaga Latte

Morning Chaga Latte: ☕️
Chaga steeped and decocted overnight (or simmered 1-2 hours) - I usually just make a big pot that I can use over a few days
Unsweetened almond milk (1:1 with the chaga)
Tbsp of Almond butter

A dollop of coconut oil
2 tsp of cinnamon! 
Blend in mixer and serve!


🍄 This fantastic fungus is found on birch and other trees in colder climates. It looks a bit like burnt charcoal on the outside.

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The latin name is Inonotus obliquus and this conk is comprised of wood from the substrate or host tree and mycelium of the fungus.
As unappealing as it might be to the eye, to the body it is like a warm hug that grants super powers! (so-to-speak)

It is an immuno-modulator, which means it boosts your immune system when it's low or slows it down if it's running too high (like in autoimmune disease). It is anti-inflammatory and pain relieving. 
It supports the integrity of your blood vessels and can soothe irritation or discomfort in neuropathy.
It is a powerful antioxidant - In fact, chaga has one of the highest ORAC scores
 of any superfood! (the measure of antioxidant potency - stand for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity)
The health benefits impact your respiratory system, cardiovascular system, and digestive system (especially in cases of gastritis and ulcers). It has antimicrobial and antiviral properties, potentially anti-cancer properties, and to top that all off it is also protective against DNA damage!

Consider adding this SuperDrink to your routine instead of coffee a couple of times a week! #rootedhealth
 

Please speak with your healthcare professional before taking Chaga if you have kidney issues or are susceptible to oxalate kidney stones as Chaga is high in oxalates. 
In vitro studies suggest that constituents of chaga mushroom extract may interact with anticoagulant and anti-diabetic drugs.


References

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Hyun KW, Jeong SC, Lee DH, Park JS, Lee JS. Isolation and characterization of a novel platelet aggregation inhibitory peptide from the medicinal mushroom, Inonotus obliquus. Peptides. Jun 2006;27(6):1173-1178.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Chaga Mushroom. Fact Sheet.

Ying YM, Zhang LY, Zhang X, et al. Terpenoids with alpha-glucosidase inhibitory activity from the submerged culture of Inonotus obliquus. Phytochemistry. Dec 2014;108:171-176.

Ko SK, Jin M, Pyo MY. Inonotus obliquus extracts suppress antigen-specific IgE production through the modulation of Th1/Th2 cytokines in ovalbumin-sensitized mice. J Ethnopharmacol. Oct 11 2011;137(3):1077-1082.

Yoon TJ, Lee SJ, Kim EY, et al. Inhibitory effect of chaga mushroom extract on compound 48/80-induced anaphylactic shock and IgE production in mice. Int Immunopharmacol. Apr 2013;15(4):666-670.

Youn MJ, Kim JK, Park SY, et al. Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) induces G0/G1 arrest and apoptosis in human hepatoma HepG2 cells. World J Gastroenterol. Jan 28 2008;14(4):511-517.

Park YM, Won JH, Kim YH, et al. In vivo and in vitro anti-inflammatory and anti-nociceptive effects of the methanol extract of Inonotus obliquus. J Ethnopharmacol. Oct 3 2005;101(1-3):120-128.

Sun JE, Ao ZH, Lu ZM, et al. Antihyperglycemic and antilipidperoxidative effects of dry matter of culture broth of Inonotus obliquus in submerged culture on normal and alloxan-diabetes mice. J Ethnopharmacol. Jun 19 2008;118(1):7-13.

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Ning X, Luo Q, Li C, et al. Inhibitory effects of a polysaccharide extract from the Chaga medicinal mushroom, Inonotus obliquus (higher Basidiomycetes), on the proliferation of human neurogliocytoma cells. Int J Med Mushrooms. 2014;16(1):29-36.

Pan HH, Yu XT, Li T, et al. Aqueous extract from a Chaga medicinal mushroom, Inonotus obliquus(higher Basidiomycetes), prevents herpes simplex virus entry through inhibition of viral-induced membrane fusion. Int J Med Mushrooms. 2013;15(1):29-38.

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Mishra SK, Kang JH, Kim DK, et al. Orally administered aqueous extract of Inonotus obliquusameliorates acute inflammation in dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis in mice. J Ethnopharmacol. Sep 28 2012;143(2):524-532.

Yue Z, Xiuhong Z, Shuyan Y, et al. Effect of Inonotus Obliquus Polysaccharides on physical fatigue in mice. J Tradit Chin Med. Aug 2015;35(4):468-472.

Kang JH, Jang JE, Mishra SK, et al. Ergosterol peroxide from Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) exhibits anti-cancer activity by down-regulation of the beta-catenin pathway in colorectal cancer. J Ethnopharmacol. Sep 15 2015;173:303-312.

Lee HS, Kim EJ, Kim SH. Ethanol extract of Innotus obliquus (Chaga mushroom) induces G1 cell cycle arrest in HT-29 human colon cancer cells. Nutr Res Pract. Apr 2015;9(2):111-116.

Zhao LW, Zhong XH, Yang SY, et al. Inotodiol inhabits proliferation and induces apoptosis through modulating expression of cyclinE, p27, bcl-2, and bax in human cervical cancer HeLa cells. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2014;15(7):3195-3199.

Kikuchi Y, Seta K, Ogawa Y, et al. Chaga mushroom-induced oxalate nephropathy. Clin Nephrol. Jun 2014;81(6):440-444.

Sun Y, Yin T, Chen XH, et al. In vitro antitumor activity and structure characterization of ethanol extracts from wild and cultivated Chaga medicinal mushroom, Inonotus obliquus (Pers.:Fr.) Pilat (Aphyllophoromycetideae). Int J Med Mushrooms. 2011;13(2):121-130.

Wang Q, Mu H, Zhang L, et al. Characterization of two water-soluble lignin metabolites with antiproliferative activities from Inonotus obliquus. Int J Biol Macromol. Mar 2015;74:507-514.