Cordyceps mushrooms are something of a gem in the world of organic health products.
Coming into the spotlight in the mid-1990s, cordyceps were highlighted as the reason why a number of Chinese long-distance runners were able to shave time off their personal bests and even break world records in disciplines such as the marathon.
Cordyceps have been used for centuries in parts of the world such as China and Tibet before the world of athletics cottoned on to its energising capabilities. But it doesn’t grow in many places worldwide. In fact, you’re most likely to encounter cordyceps in the wild at altitudes in excess of 14,000 feet – if you can make it that high up!
Now while we at Evolution Organics truly believe in the positive effects of cordyceps and certainly recommend them, we feel it’s our professional duty to shed some light on the rather bizarre way they come into being. Frankly, it’s not pretty.
An Interesting Start to Life
Cordyceps are parasitic, and so in order to repopulate, its spores land on certain species of caterpillars found at these aforementioned high altitudes.
These caterpillars then bury themselves underground before dying. When summer comes, a fungus emerges from the caterpillar’s head and back above the ground.
The cordyceps mushroom is somewhat bizarre to look at, with many orange strands poking upwards. But its health benefits are numerous, despite this strange way of being.
So, if you’re still keen to try them (and, in truth, you should be!), then what can cordyceps mushrooms do for you?
Organic Energy Assistance
As cordyceps are an adaptogen rather than a stimulant, they help to provide a continuous energy output over time – rather than in one quick burst.
This ties into its positive effect in the world of athletics, but is not solely for the sports and fitness fanatic. Having consistent energy levels throughout a day can help you feel great, get on with tasks with greater ease, and generally enjoy your day-to-day more.
Cordyceps can have benefits beyond simple endurance and energy however. Tests have shown potential benefits to the heart, kidneys, immune system and libido, so it seems that those hard to acquire mushrooms on the world’s highest plains are containing a number of positive things for us down here closer to sea level. Lucky somebody was brave enough to go up there isn’t it!
Adding Cordyceps to Your Day
At Evolution Organics, we stock a range of products that contain cordyceps mushrooms, allowing you to enjoy the potential benefits in a range of ways.
We stock 100% organic mushroom powder from Om that can be added to juices and smoothies to give you that extra boost of energy.
Cordyceps Mushroom Elixir Mix from Four Sigmatic contains both cordyceps and ginseng, bringing you a host of benefits.
We also stock Cordyceps capsules from Terranova which make a great food supplement option, while the Fermented Mushroom Complex we stock from Dr Mercola contains cordyceps along with many other healthy mushrooms.
There’s ways to easily integrate cordyceps into your day-to-day. Get hold of Mushroom Hot Cacao Mix with Cordyceps from Four Sigmatic and you can enjoy a delicious, sweet hot drink after meals that provide the positive effects of many mushrooms.
So if you’re looking for a healthy, organic way to boost your energy levels and feel great, cordyceps mushrooms could well be the way to go.
Type ‘cordyceps mushroom’ into the search bar at the top of this page to see the full range within our organic shop, and you can start to make a positive move for your health today.