CORDYCEPS gained fame when Chinese Olympic athletes in 1993 credited their successes to taking this mushroom. After winning 3 Gold medals and breaking 5 world records for woman’s running as well as other track records the team was tested for steroids. The results were negative but the coach admitted to giving the entire team Cordyceps mushrooms. Yeah, baby, these mushrooms rock!
This mushroom is not symbiotic with a tree, like most other medicinal mushrooms. This fungus lives on certain caterpillars in the high mountain regions of China and Tibet. Since we don’t want to wipe this caterpillar out of existence, we should be pleased that Cordyceps reproduces in the laboratory, grown on organic cultivated grains. (so they are vegetarian friendly)
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Cordyceps fungus is touted as an effective herb for improving circulation, the respiratory system, immune system and sexual function. Because of its ability to improve energy, stamina, appetite, endurance and sleeping patterns, Cordyceps has also been classified as a general health tonic.
This medicinal mushroom is recommended for people who feel short of breath, achy, or depressed from overwork, pollution and bad dietary habits. Cordyceps may improve immunity by stimulating cells in the immune system. This mushroom may also be beneficial against cancer cells and may shrink tumor size, particularly with lung or skin cancers.
How wonderful that Cordyceps has displayed a capacity to lower a person’s bad LDL cholesterol as they raise the good stuff, the HDL cholesterol level. This mushroom seems to stop the bad LDL cholesterol from oxidation as it thins out the blood to thwart plaque formation or clotting, both of which can clog blood vessels. Since Cordyceps is a potent antioxidant, it assists the body of ridding itself of free radical activity that can lead to early aging and degenerative illnesses.
This medicinal mushroom, touted for its effectiveness as an aphrodisiac, is highly sought after as a sexual tonic. Word on the street is that Cordyceps works like herbal Viagra, improving libido in both women and men. In a double-blind placebo-controlled study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 21 women who were experiencing sexual frustration were given Cordyceps and 90% reported improvements in libido and sexual health compared with none in the control group. Wow. Yeah Cordyceps!
I’ve eaten dried Cordyceps mushrooms and they taste like cardboard, expensive cardboard. An easier way to ingest them is to drink tea.
Cordyceps is a robust ingredient in MycoMama’s Medicinal Mushroom Medley Tea. Blending this Medley with honey, coconut oil, boiling water and (nut or dairy) milk, is a great way to get a good energy fix and get your sexual mojo churning at the same time!
MycoMama also makes a very-affordable, easy-to-use, libido-raising double-extracted Cordyceps tincture.