The Mushroom Loved by Athletes
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.*
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 Cordyceps militaris as well as whole extracts.
This is the “main” compound that is looked at, found in different cordyceps species.
- DNA Protective*
- Stimulated androgens production in mouse leydig cells[4,5]*
- Increased sperm quantity and quality in rats*
This batch of our extract was found to have .372% cordycepin.
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) [7-9]*
- Immunomodulating [7-8]*
This batch of our extract was found to have 30.4% beta-d-glucans.
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.[10-11]*
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 also 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!
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.
Another thing many athletes want to know is whether Cordyceps militaris can give the same endurance benefits as Cordyceps sinensis. As far as can be determined by research at this point, it does.
Based on these facts we feel that our Cordyceps militaris extract is the best commercially available for the price.
Dosage and How to Take Our Cordyceps
Our Cordyceps militaris is purely fruiting bodies and is 100% Organically grown, produced in a state of the art facility in China. These are then extracted in a ratio of 10:1 with hot water and dried to form this powdered extract.
Each bag is 30 grams, or just over one ounce. Recommended dose is 500mg to 1000mg per day which is roughly equal to 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon.
At this dose each bag will last 30 to 60 days.