We know that summertime is a time for socialising and fun, but it can also be stressful. If you're anything like us, you're living busy and hectic lifestyles, which can leave you feeling burnt out, low on energy, having trouble sleeping soundly and just not feeling good overall.
What if we told you that this could be seriously improved just by consuming mushrooms? The mushroom love affair began when Simon and Andrew (Founders of our beloved brand DIRTEA) found themselves experiencing improved health symptoms after consuming them throughout the day. They partnered with the world's purest mushroom farmers to create original products, and DIRTEA was born.
One of the main types of mushrooms they know, love and incorporate into their products so well? The Chaga mushroom. Used for centuries in Siberia and other parts of Asia as a medicine to boost immunity and improve overall health, the Chaga mushroom is actually quite ugly to look at. But don't let its appearance fool you - this mushroom is packed with antioxidants - even more than any other food on our planet.
For some quick facts, it’s particularly good for the skin, working from the inside out to enhance skin health and radiance. It contains more antioxidants than 600 blueberries and has the highest antioxidant potential of all foods known; mixed into hot water it has a pleasant, earthy flavour. DIRTEA recommend taking it daily for a least 1-2 months to experience the full benefits, although its effects may be noticed after just a few days.
Now we're all understood on just how great Chaga truly is in general... let's deep dive into the beauty benefits. The first is skin ageing. Free radicals are molecules that can cause damage to cells and are responsible for ageing. Antioxidants neutralise free radicals, preventing skin damage and delaying the onset of wrinkles and uneven pigmentation. Chaga is also rich in melanin, the skin pigment, which acts like an internal sunscreen to offer protection from UV radiation, preventing cell damage and possibly reducing the risk of skin cancer.
Chaga mushrooms are a great source of betulinic acid, a compound that is well-known for its skin regenerating properties. Betulinic acid helps to repair damaged skin cells and supports the synthesis of collagen, enhancing skin quality and elasticity. This helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots on the skin, helping to rejuvenate your complexion and even out your skin tone.
Inflammation and Acne
In addition to its soothing effects on your skin, chaga also supports the immune system and helps reduce the reoccurrence of outbreaks. By soothing inflammation and reducing sensitivity to allergens, you'll find yourself with a clear complexion more often than not!
Chaga's antimicrobial properties also help to minimise blemishes. Chaga is a source of kojic acid, which hydrates and nourishes the skin while preventing clogging of pores—something that leads to pimples in many cases.
Hair and Nails
We all know that the only thing better than taking a hair, skin and nails tablet is taking one that's also delicious. This mushroom is highly nutritious and packed with essential amino acids, vitamin D, B vitamins and a high mineral content. These nutrients support healthy hair and nail growth while also providing an impressive antioxidant profile, so you can get your beauty fix from one simple tea.
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