Also known as the ‘Emperor’s mushroom’, the Cordyceps Mushroom features many health-promoting properties including aerobic benefits. It has been long used in religious ceremonies in Chinese, Christian and Hindu religions and linked to longevity and immortality. The first people to discover Cordyceps Mushroom benefits initially observed animals eating the wild fungus and growing strong in the process. Farmers and herders began to use Cordyceps Mushroom in powder form to make tonics and teas.
Naturally occurring Cordyceps is a wild fungus found growing on the larvae of moths in extreme environments such as high mountain regions in parts of the Himalayas and throughout Asia. Wild Cordyceps Is difficult to obtain, expensive and not widely used so scientists figured out how to reproduce Cordyceps on organic grains like sorghum under nature-identical conditions to provide a higher yield of a wide range of key active nutrients.
A biomass of mycelium and fruiting bodies combined with a hot water extraction of mature fruiting bodies from the superior Cordyceps Militaris species produces a wide range of active nutrients.
Due to its extremely rare nature Cordyceps was restricted to the few who could afford it. It has a reputation for promoting longevity, and was traditionally used for respiratory health, and as a tonic for the elderly and those recovering from a long-term illness. It has also been used as a tonic for the kidneys and to enhance libido and reproductive function.
Why should you use it?
Cordyceps can naturally support energy levels. Some of its most researched benefits include supporting athletic performance and immunity. It can be used to help support athletic performance and endurance by stimulating ATP one of the primary energy sources in our body.
Cordyceps also features supportive properties for the kidneys, reproductive health, hormonal balance and respiratory conditions. It is able to increase blood flow and oxygen supply throughout the body which helps the heart, lungs and organs to function more efficiently. It relaxes and opens the airways hence its traditional use for respiratory diseases. It’s anti-inflammatory properties support oxygen utilization and help to relax the bronchial walls which increases airflow to the lungs and allows us to breathe more easily, supporting respiratory function.
Cordycepin is the main bioactive, it is structurally similar to adenosine which is a type of nucleic acid that is needed to make ATP which is the body’s energy currency and is depleted during physical exercise. Cordyceps is also a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant and is rich in polysaccharides which are immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory.
How to take it?
Adults take 2 capsules, 1-3 times a day with or without food or try adding the powder from the capsules into a smoothie. You can also make a tasty tea using the powder.
Cordyceps made headlines in 1993 after Chinese athletes smashed many track and field world records- claiming the secret to their enhanced performance was the Cordyceps Mushroom the team had been using.