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Cordyceps Mushroom From Bhutan

Cordyceps Mushroom From Bhutan

Cordyceps Mushroom from Bhutan

What are Cordyceps?

Cordyceps is a genus of ascomycete fungi with a total of 600 species. Most cordyceps mushrooms are parasitic on insects and other arthropods.

Cordyceps were traditionally used in Chinese medicine to treat many diseases. It was believed to treat coughs, used as an aphrodisiac, used as a treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome and to improve the immune system.

Cordyceps used for human consumption and for therapeutic properties mostly tend to be either cordyceps sinensis or cordyceps militaris.

Cordyceps Sinensis Vs Cordyceps militaries

Cordyceps militaris

Cordyceps Sinensis  (Caterpillar Fungus)

Is a species of fungus in the Cordycipitaceae Family

is an entomopathogenic fungus (a fungus that grows on insects) in the family Ophiocordycipitaceae

can be cultivated in a variety of media, including silkworm pupae, rice, and liquid nutrition

It parasitizes the larvae of moths within the family Hepialidae, specifically genera(group)  found on the Tibetan Plateau and in the Himalayas, between elevations of 3,000 and 5,000 meters (10,000 and 16,000 ft).

The fungus germinates out the larva with a dark brown fruiting body. Ophiocordyceps sinensis. (2023, July 25). In Wikipedia.

 The price of cordyceps militaris ranges from $1 to $100 per gram. The price of cordyceps sinensis ranges from $50 to $500 for wild cordyceps Sinensis. 

Cultivated Cordyceps Sinensis are a bit more affordable, with prices ranging from $5 to $100 per gram.


Health Benefits of Cordyceps

Boost Your Athletic Performance with Cordyceps

If you're aiming to up your athletic game, Cordyceps militaris mushroom blend could be your secret weapon. This special blend has been proven to help you endure and perform better during intense workouts.

Imagine this: you're in the middle of a challenging workout, whether it's running, cycling, or any high-intensity activity. With Cordyceps, you'll notice that you can keep going for longer without feeling as tired. It's like having a reserve of energy that keeps you going strong.

Cordyceps does something amazing for your body. It helps your muscles use oxygen and energy more efficiently, so you can push yourself harder without burning out quickly. It's like upgrading your body's engine to turbo mode, so you can keep up the pace and outperform your previous limits.

Whether you're a sports enthusiast, love cardio workouts, or just want to stay active, Cordyceps can make a real difference. The study "Cordyceps militaris Improves Tolerance to High-Intensity Exercise After Acute and Chronic Supplementation" by Katie R. Hirsch and her team, published in 2016, supports these benefits. This research involved twenty-eight individuals in a controlled study, and it found that Cordyceps can enhance your ability to handle intense exercise.

The following are the finding of the research:
The researchers rounded up 28 folks for their experiment, the average age of around 22.7 years, a mix of heights (around 175.4 cm) and weights (around 71.6 kg). They divided these folks into two groups. One group got to drink this mushroom blend containing Cordyceps militaris (let's call it the MR group), and the other group got a placebo drink (the PL group, which was just plain maltodextrin). Both these groups had to do high-intensity exercise.

Now, here's where it gets interesting. The researchers put the adventurers on exercise machines - first, a fancy cycle thing called an ergometer for a tough biking test. They measured how much oxygen their bodies used up during this tough exercise (that's the maximal oxygen consumption or VO2max). They also checked how long they could keep going at high intensity (time to exhaustion or TTE) and when their breathing started to really ramp up (ventilatory threshold or VT).

Then, they made them pedal on this bike for 3 minutes, checking how much power they could generate (that's relative peak power output or RPP). They even averaged out their power output (average power output or AvgP) and saw how much their power dropped over time (percent drop or %drop).

Here's the twist - for the first week of sipping their drinks, nothing much happened. Both the MR and PL groups were pretty similar in their performance. But then, magic started happening after 3 weeks.

The MR group, the ones with the mushroom blend, suddenly got a boost. Their maximal oxygen consumption went up, showing that they were better at using oxygen during exercise. And check this out, their endurance shot up too - they could pedal longer before getting tired (time to exhaustion increased by +28.1 seconds after 1 week and +69.8 seconds after 3 weeks). Even their breathing threshold went higher (VT increased by +0.7 l·min−1).

The PL group, who had the placebo, didn't have any big changes in their performance. Their VO2max and TTE barely budged.

So, what's the big takeaway? Regular consumption of Cordyceps mushrooms increases athletic performance. Your body gets better at handling intense workouts, and you can go the extra mile without running out of steam.

The research concluded that consistent supplementation with a Cordyceps containing mushroom blend may enhance tolerance to high-intensity exercise, leading to improvements in maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max), time to exhaustion (TTE), and ventilatory threshold (VT). These benefits appear to be more pronounced with consistent and longer-term supplementation (three weeks). The study also highlights that greater benefits could potentially be achieved through constant supplementation.

So, if you're looking to level up your workouts and smash your personal records, Cordyceps might just be the boost you need.

Health of Cordycepin in Cordyceps:

The following are the benefits of cordycepin in Cordyceps mushrooms:
 Antidiabetic Effects: Cordycepin may play a role in regulating blood glucose levels, making it a potential aid for managing diabetes.

Cardiovascular Health: It seems to have a positive impact on lipid regulation, which could be beneficial for managing conditions like hyperlipidemia.

Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Inflammation is a common factor in various health issues. Cordycepin has shown anti-inflammatory properties, making it valuable for conditions like asthma and arthritis.

Immunomodulation: Cordycepin can modulate immune responses, making it relevant for autoimmune disorders and even organ transplants.

Bone Health: Believe it or not, Cordycepin might help with bone health and possibly even contribute to preventing osteoporosis.

Anti-Arthritic Effects: By reducing inflammation and protecting cartilage, Cordycepin could be a potential aid for those dealing with arthritis.

Antioxidant Effects: Oxidative stress is a culprit in various diseases. Cordycepin acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from this stress.

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