Chaga mushroom, or scientifically referred to as Inonotus obliquus, is a fungus in the Hymenochaetaceae family. Chaga mushroom is known to grow primarily on birch trees in cold climates. Chaga mushroom grows wild in Russia, Siberia, Northern Canada, Northern Europe, Korea, and Alaska. The Chaga mushroom produces a dark woody growth known as a conk. The Chaga mushroom conk has been used in several medical practices and has several purported Chaga health benefits. Chaga is also known by names like Inonotus obliquus, clinker polypore, and sterile conk. The Chaga mushroom has an irregular shape and the outer appearance of burnt charcoal. The burnt charcoal appearance is due to high amounts of melanin. Interestingly, the inside of the Chaga mushroom is typically a bright orange color.
Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) grows in birch forests of Russia, Korea, Eastern and Northern Europe, northern areas of the United States, particularly 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 and its use is still fairly common today. Eastern European cultures, and other practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine, have known of the Chaga mushroom benefits for centuries.
Many people believe that a Chaga supplement could produce various Chaga benefits. However, due to the bitter taste of raw Chaga mushroom, traditional practices involve making a Chaga tea or Chaga tincture, so that people can take advantage of the Chaga benefits without having to endure the bitter and harsh taste of Inonotus obliquus mushroom. In fact, this practice is still very popular today. Dozens of people have shared numerous Chaga tea recipes and different methods on how to make Chaga mushroom tea and even Chaga coffee online. So what is Chaga good for?
Chaga fungus is rich in fiber and other essential nutrients such as Vitamin D, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, and Iron. Some people believe that these nutrients may play a role in the various Chaga health benefits. Additionally, Chaga fungus is high in melanin content which may promote skin health. In addition to these Chaga mushroom benefits, Chaga also carries properties that may promote healthy inflammation levels as well and Melanin is also believed to potentially support healthy oxidation processes. Anecdotal evidence supports Chaga mushroom benefits for cellular, immune, and cardiovascular health 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%
As a dietary supplement, take two 500mg capsules of Chaga Mushroom Extract once daily.
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Nootropics Depot offers 60 count or 180 count jars of Chaga Whole Fruiting Body Mushroom Extract Capsules. Nootropics Depot's Chaga mushroom extract capsules have been lab-tested and verified for both product purity and identity.
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