Inonotus obliquus or more commonly known as Chaga, this mushroom attracts all attention even from those who are new to the world of medicinal mushrooms!
But let's start demystifying this fantastic mushroom…or parasite?
Used for millennia throughout the Baltics, Poland, Siberia and Russia. In these places, this mushroom grows abundantly and is a highly prized and valuable ingredient in traditional medicine.
In today's times, Chaga is used and highly sought after for its antioxidant-rich properties and immune-boosting components, it can be taken individually or mixed in blends.
Chaga is a genius at disguise and can even pass us by on a walk in a birch forest, and this is because chaga does not have the common fruiting body of a mushroom! And the most curious thing is that we see supplements or extracts made based on Chaga fruiting bodies and this is not possible!
This mushroom is never used in its fruiting body form, the used part of this mushroom is called the sclerotia, a dark brown mass. Sclerotia is nothing less than a hardened form of mycelial mass and it is this form used in extracts!
But how does Chaga grow?
Chaga is a parasite that uses birch trees as a host - it infects a tree that has a wound, and intertwines with the tree. Although considered a parasite, it forms a symbiotic relationship with the trees it grows on, protecting injured or damaged cork from external pathogens. It is a slow growing fungus and often grows on a tree for years. Chaga does not look like a typical mushroom - it most often looks like a burnt or damaged part of a tree and has a firm, bark-like texture.
Chaga is often used as a supplement to help boost the immune system or reduce inflammation. It has also been used to help fight cancer, lower blood sugar and help lower cholesterol.
As Chaga has become more popular, overharvesting has become a problem and this species is even endangered. Always investigate how the mushrooms you consume are obtained, who grows them and how.
If you are lucky enough to find chaga in its natural habitat, respect Nature and we remind you that it takes years to grow, so its destruction could even jeopardize its growth.
Another curious fact about Chaga is that it was used as a substitute for coffee in Finland during the Second World War.
With an earthy and complex flavor it can be consumed as a tea and is a favorite when looking for a caffeine-free energy boost.
The mycelial mass of mushrooms in Gribb® Mushroom Power™ and Mushroom Power Blend™ products are cultivated by us on gluten-free and certified organic whole oat substrates, as the species grows they become nutritional powerhouses rich in bioactive nutrients .
Start today to benefit from the power of Chaga in the Mushroom Power™ version or mixed with other mushrooms in the Mushroom Power Blend™.