Chaga (Inonotus Obliquus) also known as the KING OF MUSHROOMS is a curative mushroom and may be one of the best mushrooms for healthy immune function.
Let’s Talk Chaga
Chaga is a medicinal mushroom that is traditionally used for its unique capabilities through its containment of polysaccharides, betulin, betulinic acid, and Inotodiol. Each of these assists in promoting a number of health benefits.
Benefits of Chaga
- Reduces DNA Damage*
- Immune System Enhancement*
- Gastrointestinal Support*
- Liver Protective*
- Helps support Optimal Cognitive Function*
- Helps Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels*
- Both a Jing and Shen Tonic Herb according to Chinese Medicine*
Another wonderful thing about taking Chaga is it makes a great tea, can be added to recipes- even treats and cookies, or you can add a pinch to your morning coffee for an extra health boost.
Testimonials & Reviews Chaga Mushroom
We’ve also received great reviews on our Chaga….
Caue Custodio –February 2, 2017
“Superior product. Thanks to this I stopped being sick all the time. Also, my meditation practices took another level. Will buy this stuff till I die!!”
“I thought I was buying the best mushroom powders and blends from another source on the web and these guys at Lost Empire Herbs have a superior benefit over the other places I have purchased.”
Try this delicious cookie recipe from our very own Chelsea, director of customer service. Chelsea uses this recipe when she brings the LEH team cookies, and they are always a welcomed treat. We LOVE them! Thanks, Chelsea!
Chocolate Chaga Avocado Cookies
100 g. (3/4 cup) avocado flesh (very ripe, but not brown)
½ cup (120mL) coconut sugar (*SEE NOTES)
1 egg (VEGAN VERSION SEE BELOW)
½ cup (120mL) dark cocoa powder
50 g. dark chocolate chunks (I use 85% cocoa)
½ tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp Chaga powder
- Preheat oven to 175°C / 350° F.
- In a bowl using a hand mixer, mix together avocado and coconut sugar until smooth. Add in the egg.
- Mix in the cocoa powder, Chaga, and baking soda – or better: blend everything together in a food processor, so easy.
- Stir in chocolate chunks.
- Using two spoons place dollops of cookie dough in a baking sheet with parchment paper. The cookie won’t spread as much as usual cookies when baking, so make sure to flatten them out a bit with the back of the spoon.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are not sticking as much to the paper as they did before baking.
- Cool down. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
These cookies can also be made Vegan by replacing the egg with a Vegan egg substitute, such as Chia seeds or a “Flegg.” Here’s how to make these egg substitutes:
Method: In your coffee grinder, grind 1 tbsp. chia seeds until fine. Mix with 1/4 cup of water in a small bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes for it to turn into a gel.
A “flegg” is an egg replacer made from flax meal and water. Mix 1 Tbsp flax meal with 3 Tbsp of hot water and use in place of the egg. ( you CANNOT just throw the flax meal in the batter. It must be mixed with water before adding to your recipe). The reason that a flegg works so well is that the outer layer of the flax seed hull is a mucilage, which is a gooey layer found in virtually all plants which aid in food and water storage. When you grind up flax seeds (flax meal) and mix them with water, you get a hydrocolloid – a gel which will bind ingredients together.
Additions: I have tried adding all kinds of different add-ins, such as mint, nuts, peanut butter cups, cocoa nibs etc. * Some people might like a bit more sweetener. I like my cookies bitter. – * Instead of coconut sugar you can use 1/2 cup of honey – * I recently made a batch of these using 1 banana instead of the coconut sugar. The results were great, however, I do not recommend using a large banana. When using a banana, I highly recommend making the cookies using the food processor method.
Storage: These cookies are absolutely best when completely cold. Storing them in the fridge overnight makes them perfect
Calories: I do not usually count my calories for personal reasons, but a person has calculated them for me: If you sub maple syrup for honey and add one tbsp. oat flour and make ten cookies each one has 75 calories
- Chaga mushroom extract inhibits oxidative DNA damage in lymphocytes of patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
Mojgan Najafzadeh – P. Reynolds – Adolf Baumgartner – David Jerwood – Diana Anderson – BioFactors – 2007
- Immunomodulatory Activity of the Water Extract from Medicinal Mushroom Inonotus obliquus. Yeon-Ran Kim – Mycobiology – 2005
- Amelioration of scopolamine induced cognitive dysfunction and oxidative stress by Inonotus obliquus– a medicinal mushroom
Vijayasree Giridharan – Rajarajan Thandavarayan – Tetsuya Konishi – Food & Function Food Funct. – 2011