This versatile fungi has been used for over 2000 years originating from the Himalayas and is considered by Traditional Chinese Medicine to be an effective tonic, aphrodisiac, and one of the most beneficial herbal medicines known to man. The Cordyceps mushroom thrives in upper mountainous regions particularly at 9,000 to 15,000 feet above sea level. Cordyceps sinesis is a parasitic fungus that lives off of butterfly and moth larvae, it attacks and grows on caterpillars especially of the genus Thitorodes (Ghost Moth). The three main constituents in Cordyceps are Polysaccharides, Nucleosides, and Sterols. Polysaccharides are complex carbohydrates consisting of chains of sugars. It is known to stabilize blood pressure, have an effect on free radicals, and stimulate the immune system. Nucleosides are organic molecules that are then converted into building blocks of DNA and RNA genetic material, Nucleosides have also been used in the treatment of cancers. Sterols are alcohols of the steroid group that are believed to lower cholesterol, reduce the threat of heart disease and has anti-tumor properties.
Cordyceps is an adaptogen so it acclimatizes to your body’s needs and builds resistance to stressors of bodily functions for instance fatigue, extreme temperature variations, or even sleep deprivation. Being an adaptogen, Cordyceps has the ability to improve overall health and increase resiliency to stress over time. Cordyceps is well known for enhancing endurance, energy, and strength this is the reason why many athletes consume and swear by it. This supplement became popularized during the 1993 Stuttgart World Championships when two female Chinese athletes who admitted to consuming Cordyceps, beat world records for the track and field 1,500, 3,000 and 10,000 meter runs. Besides enhancing endurance and stamina Cordyceps also has the capability to reduce cholesterol levels, increased efficiency of the circulatory and immune systems, boost sexual function and potency, accelerated recovery from respiratory infections, and liver protection. Chemotherapy patients can benefit from Cordyceps because it greatly enhances their recovery.