Cordyceps Mushroom, Head of the Club
Cordyceps comes from the Latin root words, “cord” and “ceps,” meaning, “club” and “head,” due to its physical appearance. John Holliday states in his research paper, “On the Trail of the Yak,” that cordyceps were, “More potent than Ginseng and worth four times its weight in silver in ancient times.” This fungus is truly a leader in the medicinal fungi field, easily ranking as the head of the club, so-to-speak.
- Tonifies the kidneys, heart, and lungs
- Increases cellular ATP for natural energy
- Classically revered sexual tonic
- Balances the immune system
- Reduces stress and fatigue
- Improves oxygen utilization
- Potent anti-oxidant, adaptogen and anti-inflammatory
- Greatly enhances athletic performance
- Tones kidney yin and yang jing energies
Brief (& actually interesting) History
There are fossils that indicate the action of cordyceps has been present in nature for over 48 million years! In ancient China, cordyceps was always referred to as “the animal that turned into a plant and back to animal again,” but it wasn’t till a group of yak herders witnessed its effects on their herd that it was considered for human consumption. These herders saw that after their yaks had consumed the vegetation containing this fungus, not only were they stronger, more resistant to the high altitudes, healthier, and lived longer, but their mating had become more productive and frequent. After putting two and two together, one brave herdsman experimented for himself, and after seeing the remarkable effects cordyceps had on their stamina, immune functions, and sexual drives, it spread like wildfire and became the hottest herbal commodity in the country.
Live Longer, Be Healthier, Do More
Cordyceps is one of the oldest Chinese remedies to boost the immune system, fight disease and fatigue, promote more energy, and induce vitality! This herb increases the natural killer cells in your body that help to treat, protect, and prevent harmful activity in the body- whether it be from sickness, disease, stress, free radicals, or other environmental pollutants. The polysaccharide content is also a key factor in not only the strengthening of the immune system, but also the powerful anti-oxidant properties, which in turn, help to slow oxidation and aging of the body. Cordyceps is highly effective in attacking the pathogens that take harmful action on your immune system. It is a leading herb for its energy supplementation, with no contradictions like those you would get with herbs like ginseng. Cordyceps is used as an energy tonic, for sustainable and lasting natural energy, without affecting the heart, as it is used in some cases to nurture and treat the heart. This is truly indicative of cordyceps amazing adaptogenic qualities, making it one of the safest and most effective herbs on the planet, providing absolutely no side effects, as it is naturally non-toxic.
In 1993, professional Chinese runners shattered international records at the National Games in Beijing. Speculation was raised due to the immense distance and time differences set by these women runners, but to much disbelief, it was an all-natural win. When the coach was questioned as to how her team managed to accomplish such a feat, she replied it was due to their “rigorous high-altitude training regimen, passionate commitment to track and field, and a tonic derived from Cordyceps.
Now what does that tell you?
Energize and Revitalize with ATP: (adenosine tri-phosphate)
Recent research has confirmed that consuming cordyceps can be seen to increase both cellular ATP and oxygen utilization. ATP is the molecule that releases energy into our cells. Though we get our energy from proteins and different food sources we ingest, without ATP, the energy would be useless. With more cellular ATP and better oxygen utilization, you are provided with more fuel to burn and more oxygen to fuel it. These harmoniously combine to provide amazing results in physical performance. For athletes or anyone who is physically active, this provides an upgrade in your exercise. This could affect your day-to-day alone, providing more natural and usable energy, making cordyceps a leader in fatigue fighting.
When the tribe’s people from Nepal and Tibet took their herds to the high mountains to graze in spring, they noticed after consuming this fungus, their goats and yaks were chasing each other around in a playful manner and “lustful intent.” After personal investigations ensued, very similar effects had been drawn from the tribe’s people as well. Cordyceps has been seen to increase more arterial blood flow, allowing the kidney yin chi to flow and helping to build the yang jing, or sexual essence. It has been used for centuries in China as a sexual tonic, and more recent clinical studies have shown cordyceps as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. Researches have determined that cordyceps stimulates activity in the body similar to that of natural sex hormones in both men and women.
Cordyceps is truly a comprehensive and diverse tonic herb. It’s been shown to increase lung function, through both altitude stress-resistance and general oxygen utilization; nourish the kidney, by increasing 17-hydroxy-corticosteroid and 17-ketosteroid levels and SOD levels, which help prevent the cells from oxidation (or aging); stabilize the heart beat and correct heart arrhythmia; and increase efficient functioning of the liver. Beyond the physical connection to these organs, cordyceps adopts a more efficient circulation of chi throughout your whole body, which can be seen in an increase in brainpower, a strengthening to your skeletal system, a greater efficiency in healing, a resistance to stress and environmental pollutants, and an all-around attributing factor to your longevity.
Ingredients: 14:1 Cordyceps Mushroom Extract*
30% polysaccharides, 22% cordycepic acid and 0.15% adenosine
Other Ingredients: None
Container Size: 4 oz. | 114 grams
Serving Size: 1/2 teaspoon which is about 2 grams
Serving Per Container: 57
Directions: Add 1/2 – 1 teaspoon(more or less depending on your taste and experience level) to 8 oz of hot water. Mix and enjoy. This powder can also be added to smoothies, juices, and protein shakes. Lastly, you can just eat the powder right from the bag as it is a pure extract and ready to consume as is.