Adaptogen; helping the body adapt to stress, allowing for an increased tolerance to mental exhaustion, enhancing attention and mental endurance.
Immunomodulator; strengthening, balancing, supporting and regulating the immune system, optimising immune response.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has used Cordyceps as a tonic for rejuvenation, longevity, endurance and vitality for centuries, suggesting benefits such as organ health (kidneys and lungs), sexual prowess, mental and physical performance as well as strengthening the skeletal system (lumber spine, knees and ankles) and supporting nerve health. Classified as containing both Yin (energy accumulated) and Yang (energy expended), although it is said to be more Yang than Yin, it supports balance (homeostasis) within the body. The below icons indicate the potential of our Cordyceps powder to impact the way the body functions which in-turn impacts how we feel.
With this in mind, our friend Cordyceps has many and varied health benefits, when consumed its 30+ bioactive ingredients have been studied for various health conditions. Working synergistically in the body, they have been shown to potentially aid energy production, virility, physical and cognitive performance. Athletes pay particular attention to its ability in aiding them to go harder for longer, whilst supporting the many systems in the body and homeostasis.
Check out the 'Seed to Table' tab for more about the life of Cordyceps and an awesome time-lapse video from the phenomenal David Attenborough.
But why do we stock both Ophiocordyceps sinensis (Cordyceps CS-4) and Cordyceps militaris?
Cordyceps CS-4, has been carefully cultivated in controlled conditions using modern fermentation technology. This modern fermentation method is an effective alternative providing the same potency and health benefits as the wild fungus — health benefits and a price efficiency — win win. The only caveat to the fermentation method is that there is no fruiting body! It doesn't matter who you buy from, growers have yet to find a way to get the sinensis strain to fruit in a commercial environment to obtain better yield, in a similar way to all the other great fungus. With no fruiting body there are no beta-glucans or cordycepin, which have the ability to amp up some of the awesome benefits that Cordyceps is known for, in particular immune support. The Grove Cordyceps CS-4 still has a minimum of; 30% polysaccharides, 12% mannitol and the all important 2.5mg/g of adenosine for athletic performance...
...In comes Cordyceps militaris, growers have been able to get to produce the fruiting body in this little guy, which is the second most potent of the cordyceps family, enabling us to also obtain the beta-glucans and the Cordycepin. In The Grove Cordyceps militaris we aim to have a minimum of 20% beta-glucans and 3mg/g Cordycepin along with; 20% polysaccharides, 10% mannitol and 1.5mg/g adenosine.
Something to note: Cordyceps only requires water extraction to obtain the various active compound and make them bioavailable to us when consumed.
If you are a staunch Sinensis supporter and want to get the CS-4 strain, head here.
If you can't decide which one is best for you, no worries!! We have a blend of the 2, to get the best of both worlds, you can head here.
Questions? Contact us! :)
More research can be found under the Science tab.
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1-5g per Serve (1/4 - 1tsp) Ingredients:
Water extracted Cordyceps militaris fruiting body (8:1)
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20% Polysaccharides, 20% Beta-glucans, 3mg/g Cordycepin, 1.5mg/g Adenosine, 10% Mannitol.
Other bioactive compounds include:
Peptides (cordymin and myriocin), melanin, lovastatin, γ-aminobutyric acid, cordysinins, cordyceptin and sterols, nucleosides, sterides, extracellular polysaccharides, intracellular polysaccharides such as galactomannan, alkanols (such as mannitol), crude proteins, essential amino acids, multiple trace elements and some vitamins.
Cordyceps is generally well tolerated, most effective when taken daily over time, as such our Cordyceps is not SUPER extracted, it is water extracted so as to be bioavailable and enhance its capacity to be effective when taken as a daily health support (note: there are no compounds in Cordyceps that require alcohol extraction). Some Medicinal Mushrooms (and other herbs) are extracted to be very potent, causing them to be effective in the treatment of acute disorders, these products when consumed by those of us without an acute condition may over stimulate the bodies systems and have negative and opposing effects/results that those we are looking for. Please be mindful of other products that are 20:1, 30:1 etc, they may do more harm than good.
Cordyceps has the capacity to interact with the production of ATP (the bodies energy currency), when highly potent Cordyceps is taken it can overstimulate the bodies energy pathways, causing the jitters and other long term complications.
If you have concerns we recommend consulting your health care practitioner.