If you’ve done some research into the Chaga mushroom, you will have no doubt heard of the term ‘adaptogenic’: it’s been a bit of a buzz word for a while now, but in case you are still unsure, we thought we’d put it in a nutshell.
Adaptogens are harmless, natural substances which help our bodies deal with stress through their rebalancing and restorative effects. They support and adapt to the body by responding to many influences and stressors, and help set your body back into its normal rhythm.
Adaptogens specifically target the adrenal glands, recharging them as needed. Adrenal glands, AKA the suprarenal glands, are small glands sitting on top of both kidneys. They are highly important as they secrete more than fifty hormones that help regulate your metabolism, blood pressure, response to stress and other essential functions.
Chaga may take its adaptogenic properties from the high levels of manganese it contains. Manganese helps make and activate some of the enzymes that help the body carry out chemical reactions.
As a bonus, adaptogens also modulate the immune system.
So, if you needed another great reason to have that daily cup of Ötzibrew Chaga, here it is.