The Endurance Mushrooms
Cordyceps has been popular among athletes ever since it was reported that the Chinese female track teams of nine members used it for great effect, setting nine world records in the 1993 National championship.
Part of the athletes’ training regime included drinking a special drink which included cordyceps after every training session. Further medals came in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.
Originally thought to be magical by the Chinese people, it is not a mushroom in the conventional sense. Cordyceps is a parasite that attaches itself to various insects. The spores invade their body, killing the host, then sprouting a club-like mushroom from their head. A rarity in Chinese medicine, this is considered both a strong Yin Jing and Yang Jing herb.*
It is also considered a premiere Lung tonic, which may lend to it’s fatigue diminishing capabilities.*
At one time we carried a Cordyceps sinensis extract that was liked by many. After being called out on Instagram, we investigated the mushroom supplements current production methods. We found that we wanted to use higher quality products that are grown on hardwoods and only use the fruiting bodies (the actual mushroom) as opposed to including the mycelium in the end product. This seemed more natural, basically how you would actually consume mushrooms you find in the wild. We decided to switch over fairly quickly based on this.
Many people had a great experience with our old cordyceps, however, and clamored for us to bring it back. We figured we could easily offer both, after all, the information for what we considered the better quality product is on this site. Being able to offer differently priced options is always a good thing.
To bring the old stuff back though meant retesting of the product. This was because we were lead by the supplier to believe this was just a C. sinensis extract. It in fact was a blend of 2 different types of C. sinensis (confusing I know) and C. militaris.
Testing of our C. militaris and this old blend we found the Cordycipin and Adenosine content were strikingly different. Both of these facts combined, we thought there to be no real point in offering a far superior militaris AND a blend that contained it. We also didn’t like that this information wasn’t presented to us at the outset as it should have been. So we scrapped the whole idea of working with this supplier.
Unfortunately, we had already bagged up a lot of the product for the launch! This stuff still has strong support for its effectiveness from many of our customers, otherwise we would never have considered it for release! For a limited time it will therefore be available.
Science is still in its infancy with regards to cordyceps. This is further complicated by different species, mycelium vs. fruiting bodies, and qualities of extracts. What follows is some of the science done around components found inside both Cordyceps militaris and Cordyceps sinensis as well as whole extracts since these are both in this blend. Too the best of our knowledge, if you take either of these two species and the Cordyceps sinensis is NOT 100% Pure Wild (which it probably won’t be) then both species have practically the same effects. Combination in a blend helps round those effects out.
Effects of Cordyceps Species
This is just a generalized list of the athletic effects of the Cordyceps sinensis. Cordyceps militaris has practically the same effects though the research on it is not as extensive:
- Enhances Endurance
- Alleviates Fatigue
- Protects the Lungs and Facilitates Respiration
- Increases Metabolism of Lactic Acid
- Increased Recovery Abilities
- Promotes Healthy Sexual Function
- Strengthens Liver and Kidneys
. Some of the active components found inside include:
- Cordycepic Acid
- Polysaccharides (including Alpha and Beta Glucans, Cordysinocan, Cordyceamides and more)
- Vitamins and Trace Minerals
This is the “main” compound that is looked at, found in different cordyceps species.
- DNA Protective*
- Stimulated testosterone production in mouse leydig cells*
- Increased sperm quantity and quality in rats*
This batch of our sinensis blend was found to have .% cordycepin. XXX
Cordyceps is rich in polysacharrides. This includes the most well known in curative mushrooms, the beta-glucans. However there are others including alpha-glucans, cordyceamides and more. These have many beneficial properties:
- Antioxidant (with Cordyceps militaris being among the most potent of different mushrooms measured) [14-16]*
- Immunomodulating [14-15]*
One study found in sinensis that Cordycepin worked synergistically with something (probably polysaccharides because of their Immunomulating effects). This could mean the higher the cordycepin levels the greater the effect. [*]
CMP also appears to protect the mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells. *
Other effects cannot be listed though some studies are showing much promise in certain actions of Cordyceps militaris polysaccharides.
Together, these effects have led to cordyceps reputation for anti-aging and so much more.*
What Kind of Cordyceps is Best?
There are many species of Cordyceps around the world, all of which invade different insects. The most well known is Cordyceps sinensis, though Cordyceps militaris is becoming more and more widely used.
First off, to get the real wild Cordyceps, meaning the actual parasitic fungus on the insects, you’re going to be paying a lot. As these must be collected by hand, from high altitudes in Tibet and surrounding areas. If you’re not paying large amounts of money you are not getting the real thing. In fact, wild Cordyceps are the most expensive herb in the world. The price has even gone up to $35,000 per pound!
Even if you did have this kind of money there may be problems with the real thing. In order to increase its weight, the collectors have been known to insert a lead wire into the Cordyceps.
In addition, some mycologists warn that wild Cordyceps can be contaminated by unknown microorganisms which could possibly be harmful. These Cordyceps are often fumigated when imported for this reason. Another issue is that most commercially available Cordyceps are using what is called the Cs-4 strain. While originally thought to be true Cordyceps this version is a different species altogether called Paecilomyces hepiali.
Many cordyceps are instead cultivated and grown on grain. However some of these just sell the ground up grain with the mycelium and not necessarily the fruiting bodies. Our Cordyceps militaris is grown on barley, but uses only the fruiting bodies. This Cordyceps Blend is lab grown on grain and contains mycelium with the fruiting bodies.
Based on these facts we feel that our Cordyceps militaris extract is the best commercially available for the price. Though we decided to bring back our old Cordyceps sinensis (this blend) due to demand by our customers.
What Makes this the BEST Cordyceps sinensis?
This Cordyceps sinensis mycelium is bio-identical, a 100% DNA profile match with the wild version. Due to the complexity of the species this is harder than it sounds.
Further it is grown in similar “high-altitude” conditions to its wild counterparts with low oxygen levels and near freezing temperatures. While this is not wild, the growth of genuine Cordyceps sinensis is more time intensive and expensive than the fake, Cs-4.
100% Organically Grown in the USA
This Cordyceps Blend is grown and processed completely inside the United States. Everything meets USDA standards. There is less than .2 parts per million heavy metals. Note that the limits for allowing foods and supplements are 10 parts per million so this is significantly better than most. It is free of yeasts, molds and other contaminants.
Our extract comes in powdered form and is mostly soluble in liquid. It has a slightly caramel-like flavor. It is a 10:1 strength extract. Contains 80% polysaccharides.
Take 1/2-1 tsp twice per day and increase dosage as needed.
There are approximately 45 teaspoons per bag, thus at the recommended dosage this bag will last 22-45 days.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.