Cordyceps is considered an adaptogenic mushroom and used in China as a tonic to gently restore energy after periods of prolonged stress and disease. It is best known for supporting healthy energy levels, stamina, and endurance, and to help maximise oxygen capacity, which is why it is often taken by athletes to support fitness recovery. Its ability to support energy metabolism and hormone production is due in part to a special compound called cordycepin that is unique to this mushroom.
As a traditional tonic to restore vital functions, including appetite, energy, stamina and sleep, cordyceps is known as the ‘Emperor’s mushroom’. It is prescribed to replenish general health and resistance, particularly after sickness and during old age. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, O. Sinensis can be considered to fall in the Rasayana category, meaning a rejuvenating tonic after the body has been ‘worn down’.
Did you know? In the early 1993, cordyceps was taken by record-breaking Chinese athletes and a 1996 follow-up study on long distance runners reported a significant improvement in running endurance in 71% of participants.