Product Spotlight: Chaga
Updated: Jun 15
When it comes to looks, Chaga isn’t going to win any beauty contests. But if you spent your life clinging to a tree in Canada, Russia, or Siberia you wouldn’t be looking too flash, either. Chaga might be ugly, but it contains 31 more antioxidants than blueberries! Here are three ways our Chaga medicinal mushroom powder can jumpstart your wellness.
Tale as old as time
Ever since (at least!) the 13th century, Chaga has been used for its potential healing properties. In Russia and Western Siberia, it was used to fight infections. Indigenous people in North America used it to treat pain, and people in Finland used Chaga as a coffee substitute during WW2. These days, medical research into the benefits of Chaga are on-going in China, Korea, Japan, and Russia.
Chaga for antioxidants
When it comes to antioxidants, Chaga packs a punch. In fact, it has one of the highest ORAC scores of any food. That means it has a very high level of antioxidant activity and may help protect your body from the effects of free radicals and oxidative stress.
That’s great news if you’re wanting to reduce the signs of aging, as well as fatigue, memory loss, and susceptibility to infections. Both fresh and powdered mushrooms hold high antioxidant levels — and mushrooms have heaps of other benefits, too. Learn more about them here.
Chaga for endurance
Runners and cyclists — listen up! There is some evidence that the compounds in Chaga may increase your physical endurance. That’s because the complex carbohydrates in Chaga mushrooms can reduce lactate levels — and high levels of lactate can cause fatigue.
Not only that, Chaga activates your peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor, which is a group of nuclear receptor proteins. Activating PPAR can help maintain energy, metabolism, and give your endurance a boost.
Chaga for cancer
Everyone knows someone who is affected by cancer, and we get a lot of questions from sufferers and their loved ones about how medicinal mushrooms can help. And here’s what we tell all of them: under no circumstances should you try to use medicinal mushrooms in place of conventional cancer therapies — and always talk to your doctor to be sure you avoid unexpected interactions.
There is a growing field of research that highlights Chaga’s ability to slow the growth of lung, breast, and cervical cancer cells in a petri dish. There is also some evidence that tripertines (the compounds found in Chaga) caused tumour cells to self-destruct. Also, treating people with Chaga mushrooms can prevent them from experiencing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, as well as various other medications prescribed for chronic illness. More human studies are needed, and we’re keeping our ears to the ground!
Add Chaga to your day
There are lots of reasons why adding Chaga to your diet can improve your wellness. But don’t forget: Chaga is powerful. Speak to your doctor about whether Chaga mushrooms are right for you because they can interact with other treatments. If you’re taking blood-thinners, diabetic medication, or have kidney disease, it would be good to give Chaga a miss. And if you’d like to know more about our growing facilities, our values and our favourite mushrooms facts, check out our blog.