What is Chaga Mushroom Extract?
Inonotus obliquus, more commonly known as chaga mushroom (a Latinisation of the Russian term 'чага'), is a fungus in the family Hymenochaetaceae. It’s known to be grown primarily on birch trees in cold climates, such as Siberia, Russia, Korea, Northern Canada, Northern Europe, and Alaska. Chaga mushroom is a fungus that produces a woody growth, called a conk, which has been used in various medical practices and has several purported chaga benefits. Chaga is also known by names like chaga inonotus obliquus, clinker polypore, and sterile conk. The Chaga mushroom is irregularly formed and has the outer appearance of burnt charcoal, due to massive amounts of melanin, while the inside of the chaga mushroom is orange in color.
Chaga Benefits and Uses
- May help promote healthy cardiovascular function
- May help support healthy immune system function
- May help promote healthy inflammation levels
- May help support a healthy metabolism
Chaga Health Benefits
Chaga mushroom (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 mushroom has been used as a folk remedy in Russia and other North-European countries for centuries.
Many people believe that supplementation of chaga mushroom could produce a myriad of chaga benefits. Due to the bitter taste of raw chaga mushroom, traditional practices involve making a chaga tea or chaga tincture to take advantage of the chaga health benefits without having to endure the bitter and harsh taste of the inonotus obliquus mushroom. In fact, this practice is still popular today. Many people have shared chaga tea recipes and different ways on how to make chaga tea and even chaga coffee online. So what is chaga good for?
Chaga fungus is rich in fiber and other essential nutrients, such as iron, vitamin D, potassium, magnesium, manganese and calcium. Some believe these nutrients may play a role in various chaga health benefits. Chaga also has a high melanin content which has led to the belief that Chaga mushroom can boost the natural melanin content found in the skin, thereby promoting skin health and protection from the sun. Chaga also carries properties that may promote healthy inflammation levels as well. Melanin is also believed to potentially support healthy oxidation processes. Anecdotal evidence supports Chaga uses for cardiovascular, immune, and cellular benefits but further studies are still being conducted to further verify these claims.
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 ineffective 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'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%
Chaga Extract Dosage
As a dietary supplement, take 1000mg of Chaga Mushroom powder once daily.
Chaga Mushroom Reviews
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Where to Buy Chaga Mushroom Extract?
Nootropics Depot offers 30g or 60g jars of Chaga Whole Fruiting Body Mushroom Extract. Nootropics Depot's Chaga powder has been lab-tested and verified for both product purity and identity.
Attention: *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.