Organic Cordyceps Militaris (8:1)

Unlike Cordyceps Sinensis, Cordyceps Militaris enlists various insects as a host and as with the more popular Cordyceps sinensis, is a status symbol for high performance and longevity with the same capacity to nourish the bodies Yin (structure) and strengthen the Yang (function). Studies* suggest that Cordyceps militaris may help reduce stress, support organ and hormone health, while promoting complete vitality and vigour.

You're fungus to elevate, nourish and perform.

100g / approx. 100 serves / $0.42 per serve

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  • 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.

    Functions / systems Within the body this product helps to balance


    Feelings we notice By supporting the 'functions'

    Nutritional Panel

    Serving Size: 1-5g per Serve (1/4 - 1tsp)
    Ingredients:Water extracted Cordyceps militaris fruiting body (8:1)

    Per Serve (1g) Per 100g
    Energy (kJ) 11.60kJ 1160.00kJ
    Calories (kcal) 2.73kcal 272.94kcal
    Protien 0.08g 8.00g
    Total Carbohydrates 0.45g 45.00g
    - Sugars 0.00g 0.00g
    - Fibre 0.05g 5.00g
    Total Fat 0.07g 7.00g
    - Saturated 0.00g 0.00g
    Sodium 0.04mg 4.00mg

    Active Ingredients

    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.

    Cautions

    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.
  • As with many things internet based, a lot of information is copied and pasted, has a dash of creative license, a sprinkling of Chinese whispers and boom you have a new superfood or a superherb. When we select our products we look for the most effective and the very best quality. So we research, then research some more, and provide all of that research here, so that you can make up your own mind.

    ANTI-FATIGUE

    Research suggests that Cordyceps militaris may help prevent post exercise fatigue and help promote endurance . (8)

    IMMUNE SUPPORT

    
Research suggests that the polysaccharides from Cordyceps militaris have the ability to stimulate lymphocytes (white blood/immune cells in the lymphatic system), lymphocytes are the major soldiers in the lymphatic system. (1)
    Further research found that the polysaccharides within Cordyceps militaris have the ability to increase T-lymphocytes (responsible for attacking viruses, fungi, cancer cells), B-lymphocytes (effective bacteria killers), natural killer cells and macrophages (cells that help kill bacteria and stimulate other immune responses). Also suggesting that cordyceps militaris may have the capacity to promote free radical scavenging, reducing oxidative stress and promoting immune function. (2)
    Studies also suggests that Cordyceps militaris may help reduce the function of the immune system (down-regulate) by reducing the number of inflammatory cytokines, which could help in certain autoimmune diseases. (6)
    A study from 2015, showed that extracted cordyceps militaris was able to reduce the proliferation of human tumor cells, suggesting great potential in the use for treatment against cancer. (9, 10)

    HYPERGLYCEMIA

    
The compound cordycepin has been researched in a small group for its ability to have hypoglycemic effects, although the results were positive in the potential treatment of diabetes, it was suggested that further research was required. (3)

    ANTI-TUMOR

    
The Cordyceps militaris compound cordycepin, has been suggested to be effective in the promotion of tutor cell apoptosis (death), although in the presence of xylitol this increased by up to 30%, suggesting further research was required in vivo. (4)
    Cordyceps militaris extract was found to have the ability to inhibit angiogenesis in tutor cells as well as help root tumour cell death, with research suggesting that it may be effective in pretreatment or as a support along side drugs used in a clinical setting. (7)

    LIVER HEALTH

    
By strengthening antioxidative activity and preventing mitochondria-controlled cell death (apoptosis), cordyceps militarism was able to support liver health. With high doses of cordyceps militarism having a similar action to the drug “silymarin”, suggesting that it may be effective in helping to treat liver disease. (5)

  • FARMING

    Cordyceps militaris is cultivated sustainably (without grains or starches), with the conditions, temperature and humidity carefully managed.



    PROCESSING

    The fruiting body is then water extracted, dehydrated, crushed, sifted and then blended to powder. Once complete the powder is bulk packaged ready to send to The Grove HQ.


    IMPORTING

    The product is then put on a ship and sails to Australia and arrives at The Grove HQ approximately 4 weeks later.


    PACKING

    Once it arrives at The Grove HQ we carry out quality control (QC) checks and repackage it ready for you.




    PRODUCT OF CHINA.
    PACKAGED IN AUSTRALIA WITH LOVE.
     

    The Life of Cordyceps Militaris

    
Cordyceps militaris is a host fungus with a different strain for each host, usually insects or arthropods making it entomopathogenic. In the wild, the mycelium invades the host in late autumn, the host will then hibernate for winter, when early summer comes around the mycelium replaces the host tissue, growing a fruiting body/stroma from the host (also called “the grass”) — leading to the Chinese/Tibetan name Winter-worm Summer-Grass. With the most medicinal components being inside the fruiting body. This wild fungus grows only in high-altitude regions of about 3800m above sea level, in cold, grassy, alpine meadows of the Himalayan mountains. David Attenborough's documentary shows it in action.
    The Grove Cordyceps militaris has been carefully cultivated in controlled conditions before being water extracted, dried and ground into the powder we provide you here. Due to being a host fungus, Wild Cordyceps as you might imagine, can be tricky to find, because it’s tricky, plus in high demand, it pushes the price up (in excess of $500USD per gram) making it more valuable that gold by weight. Over-harvesting and exploitation caused China to recently list the wild Ophiocordyceps strain as endangered. This modern method that The Grove Cordyceps militaris is cultivated via, is an effective alternative to finding and harvesting Wild Cordyceps, as it provides a larger yield which in turn lowers the cost.
  • traditional uses

    Chinese Medicine

    Tonifies Qi (vitality)
    Nourish Jing (Yin & Yang)
    Kidney Tonic
    Lung Tonic
    Liver Tonic

    History of Cordyceps Militaris

    Cordyceps is a family of around 400 species, the name cordyceps derives from the greek word kordyle, meaning “club" and the latin ceps meaning “head".

    
The origin of the Cordyceps family still appears to be a little mysterious, with many stories yet no factual evidence that we could find to substantiate them (feel free to send us your findings if you come across any).
    Known by the Tiben and Chinese as either Yartsa Gunbu or DongChongXiaCao, (summer-grass, winter-worm, in English), it has constantly been discussed who actually discovered this wonderful fungus, some say the Chinese, and other say it was happened upon by the Himalayan Yak Herders of Tibet and Nepal, after their animals behaviour became more enthusiastic and passionate when they consumed it during spring, which then led them to casually use it themselves. After this, it is then said to have become popular in Chinese medicine (where they generalise to “cordyceps” vs the actual specie which modern science differentiates), using it to treat:
    • male and female sexual dysfunction,
    • fatigue,
    • cancer,
    • hiccups,
    • organ health (primarily kidneys, lungs, heart),
    • relieve pain,
    • symptoms of tuberculosis,
    • symptoms of haemorrhoids,
    • to restore general health and appetite, and
    • to promote longevity.
    The first recording of this fungus has been said to have been in Nyamnyi Dorje's 15th century tibetan text “An Ocean of Aphrodisiacal Qualitites” as “Yartsa Gunbu”.
Folk healers of Sikkim are said to have used Codyceps Sinensis to cure 21 health complaints including asthma, tuberculosis, coughs and colds, hepatitus, cancer and diabetes to name but a few.
    
Today, (summer-grass, winter-worm), Chinese medicine attributes the effectiveness of Cordyceps to the Chinese philosophical concept “Yin” and “Yang”, classifying Cordyceps as a tonic that nourishes the bodies Yin (structure) and strengthens the bodies Yang (function). They call the fungus DongChongXiaCao.
    
In 1993 during the Chinese National Championships held in Beijing, China, Wang Junxia took 42 seconds off the 10,000m record. After being tested for illicit drugs and nothing found, many still believe that her coach had been giving her more than just his concoction of turtle blood and fungus, but since these claims, science has proven that there may be some truth to support his seemingly ridiculous claims.
    Although historically there are far fewer texts and references than our other Medicinal Mushrooms, with some being popular myth and possibly even hype, there are many more current scientific studies and findings that have explored and substantiated or support the tales from the past. Whatever it’s origin—with science on our side, hot on the tails of the fables—there is no denying it is quite a unique and highly beneficial fungus that will aid your daily nutritional arsenal and holistic wellbeing (see the science tab for more information).
  • Getting in the Kitchen

    There are many ways to consume tonic mushrooms. Traditionally, they are made into a tea with hot water. We add the powder to our coffees, smoothies, chocolate, raw snacks, even our soups, bolognaise and stews!


    Recipes on the Blog


    Add to any recipe - even Mushroom Pate!

    Add 1/4tsp to your Tea or Coffee!

    Add to any of your favourite Raw Treats

    Care

    We have packaged your product in cost effective black bags, which protect the products from damaging UV rays which degrade your product. We have also inserted a silica-based desiccant pack to absorb any unwanted moisture and keep your products safer and help them last longer.
    To ensure your product status fresh we recommend storing it in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight, this will also ensure that it is not exposed to additional heat and moisture.

    Cautions

    Cordyceps is generally well tolerated, most effective when taken daily over time, as such our Cordyceps is not SUPER extracted, it is extracted so as to be bioavailable and enhance its capacity to be effective when taken as a daily health support. Some Medicinal Mushrooms (and other herbs) are extracted to be very potent, causing them to be effective for shorter periods in the treatment of acute disorders, these products when taken for longer than necessary 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.

THIS PRODUCT IS NOT A MIRACLE DRUG. THE GROVE PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO TREAT, DIAGNOSE, CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.
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CHINESE MEDICINE

The Grove principles and philosophies are very much aligned with those of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Chinese tonic herbalist is proactive in their approach to health, rather than treating disease, they carve a path to promote “radiant health” or “health beyond danger”. There is a similar Benjamin Franklin quote "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". Prevention is cure is something we believe too.



Those who take medicine and neglect their diet waste the skill of the physician — Chinese Proverb


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