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Inonotus obliquus, commonly known as chaga mushroom (a Latinisation of the Russian term 'чага'), is a fungus in the family Hymenochaetaceae. It is parasitic on birch and other trees. The sterile conk is irregularly formed and has the appearance of burnt charcoal, due to massive ammonts of melanin. Inonotus obliquus grows in birch forests of Russia, Korea, Eastern and Northern Europe, northern areas of the United States, in the North Carolina mountains and in Canada.
Chaga has been used as a folk remedy in Russia and other North-European countries for centuries. Chaga results in a reduced diversity of phytosterols, particularly lanosterol, an intermediate in the synthesis of ergosterol and lanostane-type triterpenes. This effect was partially reversed by the addition of silver ion, an inhibitor of ergosterol biosynthesis.
Nootropics Depot has partnered with Nammex to offer these certified Organic whole fruiting body extracts, with not only testing to verify the percentage of active beta glucans, but verification that starch content is low, and that there are no pesticide residues. One of the biggest controversies in the mushroom industry today is the use of mycelium on grain extracts. Mycelium is to a mushroom like what roots are to a tree. When grown properly, they will form whole fruiting bodies; which are called mushrooms. However, to save money, most US producers of mushroom extracts today grow the mycelium on a bed of grain, like rice. To speed up production, and to make the end product cheaper to produce, these manufacturers grind up the mycelium and grain together, before allowing them to form whole fruiting bodies. The issue with that is that mycelium is not a mushroom, just like the roots of a tree are not a tree. The beneficial compounds in these mushroom species are all studied with relation to their fruiting bodies. The FDA even states that mycelium is not allowed to be called "mushrooms." However, many of the biggest brands today thwart that FDA guideline, and put out a cheaply-made, mislabeled, and ultimately inneffective products. They hide this fact by standardizing to "polysaccharides" instead of "β-Glucans." Well guess what shows up as polysaccharides in the traditional testing? Carbohydrates! Yes, the very carbohydrates from the rice used to grow the mycelium is used as a measure of the active ingredient in these substandard extracts. When you are buying one of the major mushroom extracts on store shelves today, you are buying a bunch of ground up rice mixed in with mycelium! It's a scam! This is why we decided to partner with Nammex. We are selling only certified Organic whole fruiting body extracts, which have been tested for not only the active β-Glucans, but to ensure the starch content is low; to prove what you are getting is actual mushroom, not ground up rice. You will know right away how big of a difference it is. You can even go to the store right now, and pick out one of the major mushroom brands. Mix the "mushroom" powder into some water, and ad a drop of iodine. It will quickly turn a dark purple/blue, indicating high amounts of starch. You'll immediately see how big of a scam it is, and just how many "trusted" brands are in on it!
Beta-Glugan (β-Glucan) minimum content: 8%
As a dietary supplement, take 1000mg of Chaga Mushroom Extract once daily.
Nootropics Depot offers 30g or 60g jars of Chaga Whole Fruiting Body Mushroom Extract. Nootropics Depot's Chaga mushroom extract powder has been lab-tested and verified for both product purity and identity.
To learn more, read the Chaga mushroom reviews and experiences below.
For more information, see the Wikipedia article on Chaga (Inonotus obliquus).
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
With all the arrows pointing toward nootropics depot being a trustworthy and honest vendor I have to go with my gut and trust them too. I sure hope they keep producing these mushroom extracts as the science seems very promising for them being wonderful for our health.
Thank you NootropicsDepot Unknown on 31st Dec 2017
I started taking this with ginger tea, twice a day. It gives me mental clarity and made a flu disappear super fast. One of the "side effects" I noticed was increased libido. Julia on 18th Dec 2017
The taste takes a while to get used yo but the quality is apparent. Not sure why everyone doesn t drink this. The benefits ate tremendous. Albeit I live in an area covered in chaga, I tend to pick this up when my f4iend doesn t have any fresh haha on hand. Pick some up! It's cheap and easy. I drink it as a coffee in the morning. Also a great alternative if you're trying to avoid caffeine. As always, ty ND ♡ Derek Carlson on 9th Dec 2017
I get great energy when taking this. I also seem to be able to avoid getting colds and the flu while on it. I'd highly recommend it. Sally West on 23rd Feb 2017