Why Chaga is your new teammate
All functional mushrooms contain a load of antioxidants, but Chaga has the highest levels of any superfood. It’s the superfood's superfood. It is an absolute powerhouse. It supports all-around health, but has a special knack for boosting endurance and mid-workout recovery, helping athletes recover faster during and between training sessions. Chaga grows slowly, often taking many years to reach maturity, and primarily grows on birch trees in northern and temperate forests. Its popularity has led to over-harvesting and environmental concerns in regions where it grows naturally. While there's no denying its benefits, it's a good practice to ensure that any Chaga used has been sustainably harvested.
Makes us think of… LeBron James
LeBron James is known for his remarkable endurance and longevity in the high-demand world of professional basketball. His ability to stay resilient and maintain a high level of play, season after season, despite the physical and mental challenges of a long and demanding career, is truly impressive, and embodies the endurance and mid-workout recovery qualities of Chaga.
Benefits of Chaga for Athletes
Mid-Workout Recovery Magic
Imagine the final rounds of a mixed martial arts bout, or the final quarter of a football game, or the final miles of a marathon. Muscles are screaming for mercy. Stacked with antioxidants, Chaga functional mushrooms are like a personal pit crew, helping the body handle the oxidative stress that comes with intense physical effort.
Better handling the oxidative stress helps athletes keep going harder and longer without crashing. It also reduces post-workout soreness and inflammation, so they can bounce back and hit the gym or field again more quickly.
When to take Chaga functional mushrooms
Times when athletes can consider using Chaga to help with performance:
- Daily, in the morning: Use Chaga as a part of a daily morning routine. Consistency is key, as the cumulative benefits may contribute to improved endurance over time.
- Pre-workout: Take Chaga about 30-60 minutes before a training session or competition. This allows the body to absorb all the antioxidants, which supports endurance and helps reduce oxidative stress.
- During longer events: Athletes who engage in longer activities, like endurance races or lengthy training sessions, should consider taking during the event to help sustain energy levels and combat mid-workout fatigue.
While Chaga tends to be thought of as a performance aid, its high levels of antioxidants make it great for recovery too. Timing considerations for recovery:
- Post-workout: Taking Chaga after workouts can help reduce muscle soreness and inflammation, helping to recover faster and get ready for the next training session or game.
- Rest days: Even on rest days, Chaga can support overall health and continue its recovery benefits.