The King and Queen of Fungi: Benefits of Chaga and Reishi

How the benefits of Chaga and Reishi have earned them their royal titles

When it comes to mushrooms, we don’t like to play favorites. Everyone has a special place in our hearts. But two reign supreme. Chaga and Reishi are known as the king and queen of mushrooms, respectively. Knowing their shared majestic status in the fungi kingdom, it’s only natural to discuss the benefits of Chaga and Reishi together.

Worth noting: Chaga and Reishi were anointed with these names long before any of us came along. Otherwise, perhaps we would modernize their names. (Co-presidents of the fungal kingdom, perhaps?) Whatever you call them, these mushrooms are pretty amazing.

The coolest things about Chaga

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) it has many nicknames: cinder or birch conk, clinker polypore, black gold and forest gold. It’s also good at going incognito. To the untrained eye, Chaga looks nothing like a mushroom. You might think it’s a piece of burnt wood – and that’s because the fruiting body of this “tonic” mushroom is rarely seen and not used in botany.

chaga and reishi benefits

What you get in Chaga tea or ours Daily 10 Tincture is the sclerotia, or a sterile conc. This is a hardened mycelial mass that becomes one with the host tree. (Chaga takes over a birch tree, which eventually succumbs to Chaga!)

You can commonly find Chaga in Russia, Poland and throughout the Baltic region, where it has traditionally been used by folk herbalists. The pieces were ground or grated and then brewed into tea.

So what about the benefits of Chaga? First and foremost, it is known for its immune support.

Chaga contains active ingredients known as triterpenoids, which need precursors obtained from birch trees.* In your body, Chaga supports your immune system.*

If you can find sustainably sourced Chaga, make a slow cooker full of tea. Or, you can also find it in ours Daily 10which contains sustainably sourced Chaga and can be added to smoothies, soups, lattes and more.

chaga and reishi benefitsBecause Reishi is a mushroom superstar

Like Chaga, Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) it also has many names: mushroom of immortality, Ling zhi (spirit plant) and 10,000 year mushroom among them. You’ll commonly hear herbalists touting the benefits of Reishi, including its adaptogenic properties and support for overall well-being, a healthy natural transition to a good night’s sleep, and immune health.*

This queen ranges in color from reddish-orange to black and grows in the US, Europe, South America and Asia. You will find it growing on elms, alders, oaks and some conifers. As with Chaga, Reishi does not look like the traditional “mushroom” with a cap and stem. Instead, Reishi grows like a shelf or canopy on a tree.

The fresh white tips are sometimes tender enough to cook and eat, but the fruiting bodies are generally hard, which is why they are extracted. Reishi can be a little bitter (can’t we all?), thanks to the triterpenes it contains, but that’s a sign that your Reishi contains the “good” (aka fruiting bodies). Reishi fruiting bodies possess more than 130 triterpenoid compounds (mainly ganoderic and lucideric acids).

Reishi is as versatile as it is adored. It has been used in China and Japan for over 4,000 years for a variety of reasons! This mushroom is thought to be an adaptogen, helping the body’s natural response to occasional stress and also promotes your body’s natural transition to a good night’s sleep.* It can also help boost stamina and healthy energy levels!*

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Chaga and Reishi benefits in one bottle

As you’ve seen, the benefits of Chaga and Reishi abound—which is why you’ll find them in both the Mush-10 powder and tincture. (You can also find the “queen” solo, in ours Double Extracted Reishi Tincture!)

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