Chaga vs Reishi: Which Mushroom is Right for You?

Chaga vs Reishi: Which Mushroom is Right for You?

Picking the Perfect Superfoods to Add to Your Daily Routine

Medicinal mushrooms like chaga and reishi are both outstanding daily supplements in the health and wellness world today. The trick is finding the perfect route to work them into your diet, and doing so without making your mornings take forever or adding a bunch of prep time to your evenings.

Fortunately, our team's made finding the perfect supplement to get started with mushroom-powered wellness is simple. At Troomy, we aim to create quality daily supplements of mushrooms like chaga, reishi, and others into fruity, caffeine-free, flavorful gummies with organic ingredients.

Today, we’ll take a deep dive into what sets each mushroom extract supplement apart, the variety of functional mushrooms you can try, and evaluate what you should be considering for your own needs before you get started with mushroom-powered wellness.

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Chaga Mushroom Overview

The chaga mushroom (or inonotus obliquus) is one of the highest-performing adaptogenic mushrooms in the world. Up there with lion’s mane, cordyceps, and red reishi, chaga consistently provides an accessible route to better body wellness on a routine basis.

You’ll find chaga in elm or birch trees, which pop up in most colder climates in the northern hemisphere like Russia, Siberia, Canada, or many regions in North America. It might look like a charcoal piece of bark, but just grind it up and some hot water with honey, and you have a naturally-powered chaga tea blend of functional mushrooms.

The same goes for chaga extract, which has been accepted all over the world today for health and wellness use in fitness routines, vegetarian diets, and workplace functionality. Now, we even have mushroom gummies you can try for quality daily support, and once you see the benefits? You’ll see why everyone’s hopping on the chaga chaga troomy train.

What are the Health Benefits of Chaga Mushrooms?

Chaga mushrooms can carry a ton of versatility as a foundation piece to trying out functional mushrooms. Beyond the main nutrients they carry in calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium, they serve health benefits mainly through functional support to get you through your day more easily.

Antioxidant Properties

Chaga mushrooms offer a strong genetic composition in polyphenols, which create a stable antioxidant structure. These keep the body from having struggles with free radicals, causing liver damage and other ailments in the body.

As your body gets acclimated to using chaga, the antioxidants will start to mesh into your body function with ease.

Cardiovascular Health, Immune System Support

Blood pressure and blood sugar levels can make or break your body’s ability to counteract heart disease, diabetes, and other long-term ailments that can significantly impair your quality of life. While chaga acts in your best interest for reducing these stressors through minor oxidative stress regulation, the promotion of proteins like cytokines are fantastic for fighting bacteria and reducing risk of colds. These pair up with a strong polysaccharide foundation that prepares the body for relieving oxidative stress, and could also be stimulated by using reishi mushrooms as a secondary pairing.

Additionally, white blood cells are promoted in stimulation through chaga, which also can help with fighting off bacteria fast.

Anti-Aging, Anti-Cancer Properties

Chaga mushroom is great for skincare and health because of its anti-aging properties. Giving you that quality glow, you could see the difference within weeks in how chaga offers quality slowing of the aging process through your skin.

Inflammation Support

As we covered before, inflammation roots in all stressors and ailments you might carry. Cholesterol can play a major role in this regulation, and pieces of the genetic makeup are also good for preventing cytokines from being produced, creating consistent anti-inflammatory properties for sustained general health and wellness in the body.

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Reishi Mushroom Overview

The reishi mushroom (or ganoderma lucidum) is a fantastic counterpart to chaga. It might look like a red, earthy radar dish meshed with a cinnamon roll, but it actually can be quite the superfood in your diet.

Reishi is largely found in South America and Asia, and has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine and herbal practices for several thousand years. For much of that time mushroom tea was the route to go, but today, mushroom gummies, tinctures, and more are all available to give reishi a try.

At Troomy, for example, we’ve incorporated reishi into our Sleep and Calm blends. Chaga or reishi might be a good place to give mushroom coffee or mushroom gummies a try, but there’s still a plethora of others you should consider before getting started on your journey, as well as the benefits in reishi mushrooms alone.

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What are the Health Benefits of Reishi Mushrooms?

Reishi mushrooms offer a range of both functional and nutritional benefits that can apply a ton of different strong nutrients in your usual diet. Even with supplements using reishi mushroom extracts like teas or tinctures, you can expect much of the same when it comes to these top benefits. 


Similar to chaga, reishi offers strong antioxidant support as well. These antioxidants are great for immune-boosting and keeping your body protected year round from cell damage that might root in overstimulation, stress, and other factors of the usual workload.

Could Boost Immune System Health

The beta-glucan foundation of reishi mushrooms are an outstanding route for daily immune system health support. This makes getting through flu season far easier, and is a fantastic way to proactively protect your body from any outside bacteria and sicknesses that might be going around the office or the classroom.

May Boost Digestion, Gut Health

Digestive health can majorly impact inflammation, and needs to be in check if you’re going to maintain quality gut health. Reishi is a great way to slow chronic disease development in gut health through supporting probiotic bacterial growth, which is a healthy and necessary bacteria for keeping your body function high.

Could Fight Against Depression and Fatigue

Fatigue and depression both link to inflammation symptoms that make it extremely difficult for your body and mind to function at a high level. Mental health has a fascinating relationship with physical ailments that limit activity, and force a more strenuous day ahead.

With chaga, you can proactively support that fatigue regulation and keep your body at a higher performance level, while looking out for your mental well-being as well.

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Calm Mushroom Gummies with Troomy

Considering each of these higher-performance benefits are naturally present in the reishi mushroom, it makes it an easy blend for any kind of nootropics or supplements today. Take Calm, for example. Our team at Troomy's lovingly crafted organic ingredients into a reliable reishi blend that offers quick and easy access to a range of functional mushroom benefits. Additionally, the compact and simplified gummy allows you to carry out the rest of your day with ease, and try mushroom-powered wellness with zero prep time.

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Chaga vs. Reishi: Which Mushroom is Right for You?

When you’re looking for which mushroom might be the better option to get started with, it’s important to consider in which areas they’re comparable, and which they aren’t. Functional mushrooms in general will carry many of the same basic vitamins and proteins, but offer far different functional need boosting.

Exercise (Both)

Fitness in general is never easy to keep up with. Getting all the help you can get with increased blood flow and oxygen regulation connected to both reishi and chaga is an awesome place to start with improving your natural body recovery and infusing good nutrients into your stamina well.

However, cordyceps actually might be your best mushroom to get started with. Our Boost blend uses 400mg per gummy of cordyceps support to elevate your fitness routines, increase stamina, regulate recovery of oxygen and blood flow, build better exercise habits, and more.

Immunity (Chaga)

Both chaga and reishi are excellent routes to take for immune system health support. However, chaga’s beta-glucan foundation offers a strong, strong boost to your immune function that should be noted if you’re looking for increased immune defense.

For strong immunity support, we recommend giving our Daily blend a try, and working it into your day as morning supplement. It offers the immunity boosting of 14 mushrooms (including chaga!) to get your body back on track from sickness, avoid sickness in the future, and stay healthy year round.

Sleep (Reishi)

Chaga helps create good sleep habits in some capacity, but the reishi mushroom should be your go-to as a natural muscle and function calmer in the nervous system. However, it’s never a bad idea to pair up reishi with chaga to offer more complete sleep routine support.

In our Sleep blend at Troomy, we combine reishi with natural melatonin to offer a complete sleep health helper in getting restful sleep while also not feeling groggy the next morning.

Inflammation (Both)

Inflammation support is a quality the majority of adaptogenic mushrooms like chaga, reishi, and lion’s mane all carry. You can quickly regulate incoming stresses on the body with fitness or strains from activity to reduce all other ailments' impact on your daily function. Most of pain and difficulty with any daily function roots in inflammation, so it's in your best interest to add any supplements in like functional mushrooms to keep the natural response of inflammation at bay.

Allergies (Reishi)

Allergy season is never fun to deal with. Especially in the spring time, you’re going to need all the support you can get to keep your immune system in check. Reishi is a fantastic natural way to regulate those allergies and support your skin staying clear, better oxygen flow, and more.

Skin and Hair (Chaga)

Everyone’s always looking for the next big thing with boosting skin radiance. Whether it’s a new cream, diet, or balm, you can never go wrong with going straight to the earth for support. Chaga offers skincare support through melanin boosting and skin health regulation. The best part about chaga as a skincare route is that you can apply it in so many different ways. Having a cup of tea, popping a mushroom gummy, or mixing a powder into a smoothie. Overall, chaga's one of the most versatile skin and hair nutritional supplements today.

Stress Relief and Anxiety Support (Reishi)

While chaga might release oxidative stress in some capacity, no other functional mushrooms have been linked to supporting your stress relief like reishi. Keep oxidative stress at bay and your mental fatigue at ease with organic nutrients from reishi. 

Looking back on all the benefits of both reishi and chaga, you might be asking yourself if you can just take both. Why make a choice if you can work in both without risking an allergic reaction or going overboard on daily vitamin values.

Luckily, we've got you covered here at Troomy.

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Can I Take Chaga & Reishi Supplements at the Same Time?

Absolutely! It’s actually recommended even to combine the two and even more functional mushrooms. Together they can offer a much wider range of benefits without limiting your daily routine in any capacity.

Higher dosages should have minimal negative impact as you navigate to find the perfect blend of each, a good target though to not exceed is 2000mg of any functional mushrooms in a given day. It's similar to loading up too much vitamin-c into one meal. Anything can have a negative impact in excess quantities. Once your body gets acclimated to using functional mushrooms like chaga and reishi consistently, then you can slowly up the dosage.

Now, with raw chaga or reishi mushrooms, it can be a bit harder to measure the exact mg count of each serving. You’ll have to be extra mindful when you’re just getting started, as overdoing it a bit might make you a bit nauseous or cause abdominal pain. However, these cases are rare, and you should be able to acclimate well with zero allergies to the mushroom. This process can be made a little easier with supplement routes like mushroom gummies or teas. Teas are easy to blend up the raw forms into and make a soul-cleansing morning cup, while mushroom gummies might be a bit easier to take on the go. 

Additionally, as you make your own blends, you can start working in other functional mushrooms like lion's mane as well.

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Can I Take Chaga & Lion's Mane Mushroom Supplements at the Same Time?

Similar to reishi and chaga, lion’s mane mushrooms are another functional mushroom to kickstart a more effective day ahead. It's high in brain-boosting properties and can easily be worked in at lower dosages around 400mg-800mg to your usually health and wellness routine.

As a functional mushroom, Lion’s mane leads the clubhouse in cognitive function support and better brain health, which can help your daily productivity match up with the immune system support and daily vitamins in chaga. Fortunately for you, our team at Troomy’s already crafted a Focus blend for quick productivity boosting and health support in one perfectly-dosed gummy.

Together, it can be matched up with our reishi and chaga blends to create a complete routine ahead for consistent functional support that covers every base in your day. The next simple step is just getting started.

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Final Thoughts, and Getting Started with Troomy’s Mushroom Gummies Today!

Overall, chaga is a great place to start with adaptogenic mushrooms. Chaga offers daily functional support with limited potential side effects, and is extremely reliable to get quality proteins, vitamins, and other daily nutrients into your routine.

To give chaga a try, we recommend checking out our Daily blend here at Troomy. It offers 14 different mushrooms that include both reishi and lion’s mane, allowing you to see the benefits of functional mushrooms with ease. If you do want a more reishi-based blend tho, Calm is the way to go. 

So why wait? Check out Troomy’s Daily gummies, and start creating long-term benefits today!

Alex Heining

About the Author

Alex Heining is a major supporter and activist of mushroom-powered wellness, and has been a leader on our Troomy Nootropics team since day one. As a graduate from the University of Oregon and marketer in the Los Angeles area, he constantly aims to increase activity and acquire more knowledge on ever-changing innovations in the fungi industry today.

Over our first year as a company, he’s combined his efforts with our top blending strategists to inform the Troomy community on developments in mushroom-powered wellness, while developing delicious, functionally-powerful gummies for daily use. Whether he’s in the weightroom, studying new extraction methods, or working on some new songs, he’ll always be ready to talk your ear off about different ways you can find your “True Me” with Troomy.


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