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Revered for centuries in folk medicine, chaga is considered one of the most protective mushrooms for the cells. Chaga can assist in balancing energy and supporting immunity - it's one of our daily go-to's for a mega-dose of antioxidants and to keep our bodies humming along. Chaga also helps to increase your body’s resilience and capacity to process and respond to stressors. As a major trigger in so many illnesses and symptoms today, chaga can assist in calming the mind and supporting the body’s stress response.
Chaga, otherwise known as Inonotus obliquus, is a medicinal mushroom that grows on birch trees in temperate climates. It's actually not completely accurate to call it a mushroom - rather, it is the sclerotia of the mushroom that grows on the birch trees. The ability of this mushroom to predigest the nutrients contained in the birch tree allows it to deliver a potent medicine that serves so many benefits for us humans.
One of the most widely utilised and loved medicinal mushrooms globally, chaga is an absolute powerhouse of goodness. One of our key objectives here at SuperFeast is to empower the community to be health-sovereign so we encourage you to do your own deep dive into the vast amount of research available about this wonderful medicine. We do however want to explore some of our favourite benefits of chaga and why we love it so much.
Inonotus obliquus (Chaga mushroom)
10:1 extract powder
All herbs in this formula are sourced Dì Dào from herb-producing regions of China.
Sourcing herbs from their spiritual homeland is born from the Taoist philosophy Dì Dào.
Dì Dào poetically translates as ‘the way of the Earth’, and shows us where to harvest herbs if we wish to experience the herb’s true Spirit. From its ‘original place’ or ‘spiritual homeland’, a method that results in a product that is both full spectrum and medicinally robust.
SuperFeast Ashwagandha is a water extract, sourced Dì Dào in Northern India. We are very proud of the potency of our ashwagandha.
- No contraindications have been reported in the medical literature concerning the consumption of reishi mushroom.
- If you are on blood thinners or blood pressure medication, please check with your prescribing doctor if reishi is appropriate for you.
A powerful antioxidant and anti-ageing herb
Chaga contains high levels of the antioxidant Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), an enzyme that catalyses the breaking apart and disarming of free radicals in the body, specifically the superoxide radical. As we know, free radicals are harmful molecules within the body that can cause damage to our cells, so introducing a herb that acts to reduce oxidative stress and essentially ‘mop up’ free radicals can prevent further damage. The high amino acid content and anti-inflammatory action support cell repair, and skin and tissue regeneration, which can also support pain reduction with conditions such as arthritis, eczema and psoriasis. SOD is naturally occurring in human tissues, but declines with age, especially after age 30. Chaga has been studied in nearly 1000 clinical trials, and the health benefits are clear, especially in treating complex illnesses and inflammatory diseases such as IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and Chron’s/Ulcerative Colitis).
We know that all medicinal mushrooms play a powerful role in immune modulation and chaga is no different, rich in polysaccharides with a specific focus on beta-glucans, these chemical constituents assist the activation of various protective reactions that occur as a part of the body’s immunological and inflammatory cascades. Beta-glucans increase the activity of Interleukins, Interferons, Natural Killer Cells, Tumour Necrosis Factor, Macrophages, B and T lymphocytes, and Granulocytes, the infection-fighting cells that develop within the bone marrow. Beta-glucans enable the body to recognise and label potentially problematic cells, allowing the immune system to elevate its response against undesirable and rapidly growing cells. This immunomodulatory effect is truly impressive and explains why chaga has been revered for thousands of years.
Skin health & skin conditions
The health and wellness industry often speaks to the term ‘detoxification’ with a particular focus on the Liver, but just as important is the skin as a detoxification pathway. As with any detoxification organ of the body, the environmental and internal stressors of life can place too much pressure on that pathway, leading to reduced function and toxic recirculation which can sometimes lead to inflammatory conditions. Psoriasis is a great example of this; psoriasis is an immune-mediated inflammatory pathology of the skin that manifests itself as an increase in skin cell growth and turnover. Psoriasis is a T-cell-mediated pathology, this is an important factor to note when understanding the therapeutic role chaga can play in supporting the healing of this condition. The beta-glucans present in chaga allow the body to recognise and label potentially problematic cells. This allows the immune system to elevate its response against undesirable rapidly growing cells. In the case of chaga and psoriasis, this innate relationship between the human immune system and the fungal polysaccharides gives an insight into how the mushroom may benefit the condition.
Additionally, the antioxidants we spoke about earlier can also play a key role in preventing skin degeneration (hello wrinkles), discolouration and acne whilst maintaining skin elasticity and brightness.
In ancient Taoist medicine, tonic herbs and medicinal mushrooms were used to nourish and tonify specific systems within the body. These systems correlate with the natural elements, and their direct effect can be classified as either Major or Minor.
Major: Liver Wood/Kidney Water/Spleen Earth
Minor: Heart Fire
When there is harmony between the body systems and elements, we cultivate the expression of health known as our Treasures.
Major: Yin Yang Jing/Qi/Shen
Time of day
Whatever feels best for you!
You can enjoy Chaga any time throughout your day.
Generally, we recommend taking the herbs daily in small doses, to begin with. This allows you to develop an understanding and acknowledgment of how the herbs are unfolding their medicinal magic for you. Follow the dosage instructions on the package, or start with 1/8 - 1/2 teaspoon per day, adjusting the dose if you feel it necessary within your unique body system.
Doses can be taken as high as two teaspoons per day, however, most people find their sweet spot with 1/2 to one teaspoon per product, per day. We call this sweet spot your "lifestyle dose". We don't recommend taking more than two tablespoons of herbs a day. These extracts are potent, and you want to take care not to overload the body with too much of a good thing.
Crunchy Chaga Chocolate Cookies
These vegan and gluten-free chocolate chunk cookies will be gone in two seconds, we promise. Which is both a blessing and a curse. We can't get enough of them at SuperFeast HQ. Chaga goes so well with chocolate. This recipe...Read more
Instant Chaga Tea Recipe
A quick, easy and potent recipe for you to bring the medicine of chaga into your life in a delicious way.Read more
Mushie Miso Soup
Chaga goes hand in hand with a deliciously nourishing miso (honestly, any of the mushies do). So today I share with you a magical miso recipe.Read more
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I take Chaga whilst pregnant?
Tonic herbs are generally warming, building, and nourishing. In the context of health optimisation and the Taoist tradition, tonic herbs are not directly used to treat individual symptoms, but instead to create harmony and strength within the system as a whole.
In this regard, we generally only recommend our Reishi and Eucommia Bark during pregnancy as there is quite a lot of empirical use of these herbs in pregnancy in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taoist Tonic Herbalism.
To learn more about the tonic herbs best to take during pregnancy, read this article
As pregnancy is a very individual journey, we recommend checking in with your healthcare provider when starting on any new herbs or supplements as they will have a more comprehensive scope of your medical history.
Can I take Chaga while breastfeeding?
Yes, you can use Chaga whilst breastfeeding.
We always suggest introducing new herbs slowly and in low doses, this allows the body to adjust and benefits to unfold at a pace relevant to your individual system.
Chaga Mushroom - The Incredible Health Benefits
Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) is a medicinal mushroom that serves as an anti-ageing, immune-boosting powerhouse. Packed-full of adaptogenic betulinic acid, beta glucans, antioxidants and skin-protecting melanin, it is a crowd favourite here at SuperFeast.
The Potent Medicinal Magic Of Chaga with Mason Taylor and Sage Dammers (EP#33)
Today Mason and Sage explore the medicinal magic of Chaga mushroom. The gents discuss the use of this potent herb from both a eastern and western perspective. Taking us through the herb's myriad of uses in the traditional and contemporary setting.