The legendary Chaga mushroom is believed to hold the power to balance one’s immune system. It contains one of the highest amounts of antioxidants and melanin found in any natural foods. Melanin from this mushroom was found to have strong antioxidant properties, and it may even have gene protection effects. Chaga also has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. These shrooms grow predominantly on birch trees throughout the northern hemisphere and are used as a traditional folk medicine in parts of Europe, China, and Canada.