What are Organic Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga Mushrooms History

The first use of Chaga was in the 12th century in Eastern Europe, perhaps the earliest dating back 5,300 years ago. This is when in 1991, researchers discovered Otzi the Iceman in the Alps carrying chaga in his pouch. Russian and Northern Europe have used chaga since the 16th century. In fact, the word “chaga” comes from the Russian word “mushroom.” 

Understanding Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga requires cold temperatures to grow. They protrude on the trunk of birch trees; bulbous, black and more reminiscent of charcoal than fungi. Inside they have a bright orange colour that has a cork-like texture. 

Historically known as the “king of medicinal mushrooms,”. Today, Chaga is popular because of its antioxidant and nutritional properties. In fact chaga has 3 times more antioxidants than acai berries

Health Benefits of Organic Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga mushroom has many health benefits. From a high level, chaga helps:

  • Boost immune system
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Antiviral properties
  • Increase antioxidants
  • Improve physical endurance
  • Lower blood sugar & cholesterol 
  • Protect against cancer
  • Support skin health

Benefits Explained

  • Supports Immune System

    Since Chaga is rich in antioxidants and nutrients, it has immune-boosting properties. That is because of their beta-D-glucans, naturally occurring polysaccharides aiding the immune system. Remarkably, Chaga has the ability to regulate the immune system, enhancing its performance whether it's underactive or overly active.

  • Antioxidant Boosting

    Chaga has a high ORAC score (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), which is a measure of antioxidant potency. This means 1 gram of Chaga equals 4 pounds of blueberries’ antioxidant levels. The higher a food's ORAC score, the more effectively it can help the body. Combating the damaging effects of free radicals and oxidative stress. 

  • Anti-inflammatory Effects

    Chaga contains plenty of B-complex vitamins and vitamin D. It also has a variety of minerals such as potassium, zinc, iron, calcium, and magnesium. It’s no wonder chaga would have anti-inflammatory effects. Animal studies have demonstrated that Chaga may inhibit inflammation, potentially playing a significant role in mitigating some of the deadliest diseases in humans.

  • Support for Skin Health

    Chaga's use in improving skin health through its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.  Chaga stands out as the richest natural source of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and melanin.  Alongside high concentrations of betulonic acid. 

  • What is SOD?

    SOD, the body's most potent antioxidant enzyme, plays a vital role in maintaining cellular health. It also acts as the primary defence against free radicals, which accelerate ageing.

  • What is Melanin?

    Melanin, the pigment responsible for the colour of your skin, hair, and eyes, also protects your skin from UV damage.

  • What is Betulonic?

    Betulonic acid aids in skin rejuvenation by promoting cell regeneration and boosting the production of collagen and elastin. These proteins are essential for the structural integrity and elasticity of your skin’s connective tissues.

How to use Chaga in your everyday routine?

Organic Chaga Mushroom Supplements 

Not all chaga mushroom supplements are equal. To ensure the effectiveness and safety of chaga mushroom, it's essential to buy from a reputable source. Quality varies among Chaga products, so it's crucial to choose those from a provider that prioritises: 

  • Organic growth
  • Sustainable harvesting
  • Meticulous extraction
  • Thorough testing for quality and potential contaminants, including heavy metals, pesticides, microbial contamination, and gluten. 

Be cautious of chaga supplements that include ingredients such as “mycelium on grain” or similar fillers. These are best avoided. Full fruiting body is what one should look for. At Moodeys, we specifically designed Happy Hour with this criteria in mind. 

Happy Hour has organic chaga mushrooms that may help increase your mood, boost your immune system and reduce anxiety.