What is the difference between Chaga and Reishi?

Learn the difference between Chaga and Reishi and make the right choice for you

If you hear about different types of mushrooms and products, you might be wondering the difference between Chaga and Reishi and how to choose between them. These mushrooms have both become very well known in the flowering mushroom community. With a variety of Chaga coffee and Reishi powders readily available in packets at health food stores, how do you choose the right one for you? In this article, you will learn the difference between Chaga and Reishi so you can make an informed choice. (And, in fact, there are many differences between the two ‘shrooms!)

What is the difference between Chaga and Reishi?

Studies show that both Chaga and Reishi contain compounds that promote normal cell cycle as well as support normal immune and liver function.* There are many differences between Chaga and Reishi, including taste and texture, their production method, as well as the health-promoting properties.*

Chaga Mushroom 101

A key difference between Chaga and Reishi is where these mushrooms come from. Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) grows mainly on birch, alder and elm trees and can be found throughout Siberia, Poland, Russia and North America, particularly in Canada. Chagas are hard, dark black, burnt stalks and can grow as big as your head. Chaga will typically develop a symbiotic relationship with the tree it grows on, eventually becoming part of it and its root system.

While Chaga has been called the “King of Mushrooms,” it is important to note that it is only found on about one in 20,000 birch trees. Although Chaga has amazing properties, it can be important to limit its use – over-harvesting is a problem. Finding a source that harvests ethically and also contributes to the growth and production of this mushroom is important! This is why we only use Chaga in blends at AdaptogenShrooms and do not sell it as a standalone extract.

Chaga mushroom

Reishi Mushroom 101

The Latin name of Red Reishi is Ganoderma lucidum. “Gan’ means shiny“derm” means skinand “lucidum” means brilliant, which pays homage to its shiny, preserved look. This mushroom also occurs as six different colors and species in dense, humid coastal parts of China, often occurring on hardwoods, usually oaks, or decaying stumps of chestnut and other broad-leaved trees. Different species are also grown in the US and North America and Europe.

According to ancient history, Taoist priests in the first century AD. they included reishi mushrooms in concoctions meant to promote longevity.* Also in Japanese folklore, Reishi was discovered when the Emperor of the Chin Dynasty sent ships to the East in search of this amazing mushroom! You will find this wonderful mushroom in plum trees in Japan.

Red Reishi is usually known for its bitter taste. This is caused by terpenoid ingredients, which can help support the body’s natural response to occasional inflammation*. Reishi’s best-known benefit is that it is an adaptogen and supports our body’s natural transition to a healthy night’s sleep.*

Reishi has been shown to have many other health supporting properties such as supporting heart health* Click here to explore our blog on more information Reishi.

wild reishi mushroom

Experience the impact of Chaga and Reishi in Products from AdaptogenShrooms

So there you have it: Reishi and Chaga are two wonderful mushrooms with their own unique properties. Now that you know the difference between Chaga and Reishi, explore our products! At AdaptogenShrooms, we make a Daily 10 Mushroom Blend Tincture that combines Reishi and Chaga with 8 other powerful functional mushrooms. Ours is simple Reishi tincture it is strong with a wonderful vanilla flavor. Spread the word, follow us Instagram and join the myco-family in AdaptogenShrooms!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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