Beta-glucans in Chaga

What are beta-glucans?

Beta-glucans are polysaccharides linked by beta-glycosidic bonds. They are found on the outside of fungal cells in Basidiomycetes including Inonotous obliquus, otherwise known as chaga.

What are the health benefits of beta-glucans?

Unlike simple sugars, beta-glucans and other polysaccharides in chaga digest slowly and regulate the body’s intake of sugar. The most notable health benefit beta-glucans may provide is their ability to help support a healthy immune system response.* Beta-glucans in oats have been well-studied.

What is the best method for consuming beta-glucans in chaga?

Beta-glucans are water soluble and will therefore be present in a tea made from chaga. Low temperature, long extractions (crock-pot) are often the preferred method of making chaga tea using finely ground chaga.