Can Chaga help with sports performance and recovery?
Medicinal mushrooms have many benefits for overall health and well-being, and can be a powerful super-food for athletes. If you are health conscious, a runner, cyclist or someone that enjoys being active then you can use mushrooms to support whole body function as well as sports performance and recovery.
Chaga mushroom has been found to have a positive effect on sports performance, helping to support stamina and endurance by supporting oxygen flow. Chaga is also one of the most antioxidant rich foods on the planet, and helps to stimulate the most powerful antioxidant in the body, Superoxide Dismutase, which helps to protect against oxidative stress. Exercise, especially intense or long duration forms, creates a lot of free-radicals in the body which can cause damage, and Chaga mushroom with it’s antioxidant powers can help to combat this.
All medicinal mushrooms are rich in Beta-glucans which help to modulate the immune system and ensure we are able to fight off any coughs, colds and infections. Heavy training can affect our immune system function, leaving us run down and susceptible to infections, but medicinal mushrooms can help us to fight inflammation and ensure our immune system is working correctly.
An animal study using a polysaccharide-rich chaga extract, found that when administered, mice were able to swim for longer periods without fatigue than those given a placebo. The study observed that chaga not only increased exercise resilience but also decreased fatigue markers such as lactic acid, which delayed the onset of physical fatigue in the animal model. Plus muscle and liver glycogen were also significantly higher in the mice given the chaga mushroom, suggesting chaga has the ability to slow down glycogen utilisation, of which plays a key role in exercise endurance. Chaga also decreased blood urea nitrogen levels, which can contribute to fatigue.
What this could mean for the population is exciting, but especially for athletes wanting to enhance physical performance during exercise. For just about anyone besides athletes, though, it’s possible chaga could be a great supplement for helping low energy or chronic fatigue.
Medicinal mushrooms can be your new best friend for sports performance, helping to support your endurance and stamina and having an anti-fatigue effect. They can also support recovery, helping with quicker muscle recovery, immune modulation, and combating the negative effects of stress on the body.
Chaga is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and beta glucans, polyphenols and triterpenes that give its amazing health properties that include:
- Increases production of melatonin, a hormone that protects DNA, scavenges free radicals and decalcifies the pineal gland.
- A potent antioxidant
- Rich in beta glucans. Beta glucans are ploysaccharides that help to modulate the immune system, are anti bacterial, anti inflammatory and anti allergenic.
Could Chaga also be a “Neuro-Booster”?
There’s physical fatigue of the body. But what about mental fatigue of the brain?
A fascinating study in 2011 revealed that chaga mushroom may enhance brain function, specifically learning and memory.
Mental fatigue is often the cause for issues with cognition and forgetfulness. Chaga’s properties as a neuro-boosting antioxidant may help block inflammation in the nervous system that causes these problems.
This could be good news for people seeking natural remedies for brain fog—and could also open an interesting door to natural treatment of neurological disorders in which poor memory, cognition, and mental fatigue are common.