Chaga is a fungus that grows on birch trees, used to make tea or extracts for its health benefits.
A wild chaga growing on a living Birch tree in Alaska.
Chaga contains a variety of compounds, including antioxidants and polysaccharides. It does not contain caffeine or other stimulants that keep you awake.
Some people experience an increase in overall wellbeing and energy, but this is very different from the jittery and anxious effects that caffeine and other stimulants provide. I like to describe it like a calm, focused, energy. If you’re worried about drinking chaga before bed, don’t worry. Chaga also contains lots of magnesium which is a natural muscle relaxant and can actually aid in sleep and relaxation.
Interestingly, Chaga does contain ergosterol, a biological precursor to Vitamin D. Vitamin D does have implications for overall energy and wellbeing.
It’s important to note that individual reactions to foods and beverages can vary. People may be more sensitive to certain compounds or have specific reactions to Chaga. However, in general, Chaga is not known for its stimulating effects like caffeine.
If you have any concerns about how Chaga might affect your sleep or if you have existing health conditions or are taking medications, it’s a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating it into your routine.
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