Cordyceps were first documented in China by the Ming dynasty herbalist Li Shi Zhen, who wrote of their ability to enhance physical endurance and assist with fatigue from exercise or illness. Cordyceps were found primarily at high altitudes on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau and the Dolpo mountains of Nepal.
In its original habitat, the life-cycle of cordyceps begins with it infecting moth caterpillars. The fungus grows inside the caterpillar, controlling it like a “real-life” zombie and eventually killing it where the conditions seem more favorable. Once the caterpillar dies, the fruiting body emerges from the caterpillar's head and releases spores.
Nowadays we already know how to grow cordyceps in controlled environments so no need to worry, no caterpillars are harmed in the process of making our tinctures.
Overview of Cordyceps
Cordyceps officially refers to a genus of fungi that grows on insects. Within this genus, there are over 400 different types of cordyceps. In their immature state, these fungi look similar to a caterpillar's larvae. Once they mature, they resemble a worm or snake-like parasite. Due to the way cordyceps grow, they've been nicknamed "winter worm and summer grass".
Cordyceps have been used for centuries in certain parts of Asia. In particular, Tibetans have been known to use cordyceps as a staple in their diets. Additionally, traditional Chinese medicine views cordyceps as a powerful tonic that can improve physical performance and endurance. Cordyceps also have a long tradition of medicinal use in eastern cultures due to its alleged anti-aging properties.
In particular, cordyceps have been used in the hopes to improve energy and stamina. More recently, cordyceps have started to gain popularity in the western hemisphere as a potential supplement. Some of the main benefits of Cordyceps may be:
1) Support High Athletic Performance & Overall Stamina
One of the most well-known benefits of cordyceps is that it supports optimal athletic performance. Cordyceps helps to maintain elevated aerobic capacity, endurance, muscle strength and power.
In addition, cordyceps are a natural source of antioxidants, which may help to neutralize free radicals that are produced during exercise. Free radicals can damage cells and lead to inflammation, so consuming antioxidants from natural sources like cordyceps may benefit athletes.
2) Support Balanced Sugar Levels In The Blood
One study found that lab rats given cordyceps experienced lower blood glucose and plasma insulin levels compared to a control group. Although it hasn't been studied in humans yet, researchers believe that this may potentially be beneficial for people with irregular blood sugar levels.
3) Maintain Optimal Respiratory Health
The anti-inflammatory properties of cordyceps may also help with respiratory health. This may be due in part because it tends to promote enhanced oxygen utilization efficacy and relax the bronchial walls.
4) Support Optimal Immune Function
Cordyceps may help with damage done to the immune system by suppressing cell apoptosis and lipid peroxidation.
The final thing to note about Cordyceps is that it's a powerful natural supplement. You can find Cordyceps synergically combined with ginseng and Full Spectrum CBD in our Energy tincture, crafted to increase your energy, frequency, and vibration in a natural way.
This supplement is not intended for pregnant or lactating mothers. Always consult a professional healthcare provider prior to use, if taking any medications and if any adverse symptom is experienced.
This article was not written by a healthcare professional and is intended to be for entertainment purposes only.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat, diagnose and or cure any disease