While chaga is believed to have an abundance of health benefits that can aid in decreasing the prevalence of heart disease, lessening risks and complications of diabetes, and helping with stomach and intestinal cancers, liver disease, and more, it is still relatively unstudied in the United States. Further, the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate chaga, which means that buyers need to ensure they are buying from reputable and trusted sources.
While chaga is generally tolerated well by the body, there have not yet been enough human studies or clinical trials to determine the appropriate dosage, especially when consuming chaga in its raw format. As with anything new that you are adding to your diet, those with serious health complications should consult their physician before beginning a chaga-related diet, or incorporating chaga into their daily regime.
- Chaga can interact with certain medications – consult with your physician if you are on any prescription medications, before consuming chaga
- Chaga contains a protein that can prevent the clotting of blood. Those on blood-thinning medications or preparing for surgery, or those with a bleeding disorder, should stop consuming chaga and consult with a physician before resuming consumption
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult with their physician before consuming chaga