Top 5 Benefits of Chaga Mushrooms

The Antioxidant Powerhouse

By NEUBRAIN | Last Updated: December 14th, 2023 | 6-minute read 

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Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus), is a highly sought-after functional mushroom. It thrives in colder regions of the Northern hemisphere, especially in the Baltic and Siberian territories, and is widely consumed for its many health benefits, such as immune system support and anti-cancer properties.

Chaga has recently gained popularity in the Western world due to its numerous health benefits. Packed with polysaccharides, triterpenoids, polyphenols, unsaturated fatty acids, steroid compounds, coenzyme Q, and vitamin K, chaga is a powerhouse of healthful compounds.

Initially known for its potential cancer prevention qualities, chaga mushrooms have now been found to offer a range of other health benefits. Its medicinal properties have been scientifically backed and continue to be a topic of interest for researchers and health enthusiasts.

What is Chaga?

Chaga mushrooms are a type of fungus that primarily grows on the bark of birch trees in cold northern climates. They are found throughout Siberia, Northern Europe, Russia, Korea, Canada, and Alaska and tend to grow very slowly due to the extremely low environmental temperature.

Scientifically known as Inonotus obliquus, chaga produces a woody growth on the outside of the bark of its host tree called a conk, which absorbs nutrients from the wood.

Dating back to the 16th century, chaga mushrooms have a long history of use as a medicine in Russia, Siberia, and several other Asian countries. Recent studies have showcased the benefits of chaga mushrooms in cancer research, immune support, and promoting overall health and wellness.

Why is Chaga Growing in Popularity

Chaga has gained popularity as a health supplement due to its potential to enhance human wellbeing. This miracle mushroom has been attributed to its anti-inflammatory properties and its role in boosting the immune system. Chaga's active components provide an excellent source of antioxidants that may improve overall health.

Today, athletes and professionals all around the world consume this functional mushroom to reap the rewards of its many health benefits.

5 Health Benefits of Chaga Mushrooms

1) Immune System Support

Chaga mushroom has been found to have potential benefits in supporting immune function. In one study, immunosuppressed mice were given a water extract of chaga and it was found that their immune responses were significantly enhanced compared to mice given a placebo.

Research has also shown that polysaccharide extracts from chaga offer immune-enhancing activity, including an increase in macrophages and antibody production.

Furthermore, one study found that a heat extract from chaga mushroom was able to regulate immune response and induce anti-allergic activity.

2) Reduce Inflammation

Chaga possesses remarkable anti-inflammatory properties. As scientific research on inflammation and its effects on health continues to grow, numerous illnesses and conditions are being linked to long-term inflammation.

Fortunately, a recent study has shown that Chaga can help reduce inflammation, particularly in the gastrointestinal system. By incorporating Chaga into our diets, we can proactively mitigate the negative impacts of inflammation on our bodies.  

3) Anti-Cancer Properties

Chaga mushrooms have been found to have potential in fighting cancer due to their anti-tumor actions. Studies have shown that a triterpenoid extract from these mushrooms can suppress the growth of lung cancer cells, and other research has indicated that chaga extracts can inhibit cancer cell proliferation in liver, colon, cervical, leukemia, and other types of cancer.

According to a recent research study, Chaga could potentially aid in the prevention and treatment of cancer. The study showed that in mice, Chaga led to a significant reduction in cancerous tumors, shrinking them by 60%. The findings were further tested in human tissue samples and indicate that it may be equally effective against common types of cancer in humans.

While we do not advocate substituting Chaga for established cancer treatments, this discovery is a promising development in cancer research and should continue to be investigated.

4) Antioxidant Activity

Chaga is one of the most potent sources of antioxidants under the superfood umbrella (think blueberries and spinach), further enhancing its immune boosting properties.

Chaga is renowned for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, predominantly stemming from its elevated polyphenol concentration. In vitro investigations have affirmed the potency of various chaga extracts in supplying robust antioxidant effects and even protecting the brain.

The antioxidant properties of chaga offer wide-ranging benefits, as inflammation plays a significant role in numerous chronic diseases.

5) Antimicrobial Properties

The fifth notable benefit of chaga is its antimicrobial properties. Research has discovered that chaga mushroom metabolites exhibit antimicrobial actions against multiple bacterial strains.

Furthermore, studies have revealed that silver nanoparticles derived from chaga display antibacterial activity against both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria.

These findings are reinforced by additional research demonstrating that various chaga extracts possess antimicrobial effects against seven distinct bacterial strains and one pathogenic yeast.

CHAGA from neubrain

Now that you know about the various health benefits of reishi mushroom, it’s time to incorporate it into your daily diet.

NEUBRAIN offers the smartest, performance-hacking nutrition solutions, that include the highest-quality chaga mushrooms.

Our Smart Coffee Blend combines a potent blend of Chaga, Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, and Turkey Tail, along with our favorite nootropics: L-Theanine, L-Tyrosine, and Alpha GPC for enhanced support. 

As a delicious medium roast coffee with hints of cocoa, here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy our coffee blend:   

  • As a Coffee: Add one tablespoon of our blend to 10-12oz of water for a brain and body boosting start to your day. Add sweetener as desired.  
  • As a Latte: Add one tablespoon of our blend to 2oz of warm water. Blend, and add your choice of steamed milk. Add sweetener as desired. 
  • In a Smoothie: Blend a half to a 1 tablespoon of our blend with your favorite fruits, vegetables, and yogurt for a nutritious and delicious smoothie.  
  • Bake with it: Add half a tablespoon of our powder to your favorite brownie recipe, pancake mix, or coffee muffin recipe for a healthy and delicious treat.  

Recommended Dosage

We recommend a daily dose of 1-2 tablespoons of our Smart Coffee Blend, containing 1850mg of Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Chaga, and Turkey Tail mushrooms.

We recommend taking 1 tablespoon at the start of your day, and 1 tablespoon in the afternoon or before a workout, if desired.

Our Smart Coffee Blend was developed by nutritionists, using real clinical trials, to ensure safe and effective use.

NEUBRAIN uses only 100% fruiting-body, double-extracted, and fair-trade mushrooms.

We pride ourselves on being GMO-free, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and paleo and keto friendly. Every pouch is third-party tested for purity and accuracy in a state-of-the-art, ISO 17025 accredited facility. 

The Bottom Line

Chaga mushrooms are an excellent source of nutrition and offer a variety of health benefits. If you are looking for a functional mushroom that can boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, and help fight cancer, then Chaga is perfect for you.

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