The dangers of Chaga ◇ Natural Medicine

in naturalmedicine •  6 months ago 

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My first chaga... maybe it's a small one but it is the first one I've come accross since I have become aware of this medicinal mushroom.

Natural medicine yes but please read into it before thinking it is a miracle drug!

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What I found out was that chaga is pretty freakin amazing but has a pretty high oxilate content.

Check out this important read:

https://fungimag.com/summer-2019-articles/Chaga_LR.pdf

There are many more such findings but the point is that a lot of wild food/medicine contains various levels of oxilates... the trick is typically to consume those foods in conjunction with something that is high in calcium, so that the bond (calium-oxilates, one form of kidney stones) happens in your intestin instead of the kidneys.

We don't really know how to eat anymore, we've kind of lost the 200,000 plus years of ancestral lessons since we started to become an industrialized society.

Sad, but there's hope and the re-wilders seem to be on it!!


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That's an interesting bit of info really. Seems like the issue is more related to ridiculous dosage levels and more importantly: method of preparation. I can appreciate the kidney stone threat, but then my body is already prone to them. I found that out several years before starting to use chaga. I grind it into a fine powder and add it to my coffee grounds. Not a lot -maybe half a teaspoon at the most.

Moderation is the key, with anything really.

Yes moderation is defenitely key for just about everything we can do or eat!

There are also many different kinds of kidney stones, not all of them are due to oxilates... but if you're drinking chaga in your coffee with milk, you have nothing to worry about, I think!

Thanks for sharing your experience with us!
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Thank you 😁

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Agree about us collectively having lost connection with how, what and when to eat.

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