Product ID: COR1
Cordyceps is a medicinal mushroom that has a unique special power, so expect to be breathing deeper and fuller. The high percentage of alcohol in our extract is specific to pulling out the unique mushroom acids that boost our lung and kidney adrenal health.
And we use a lot of it to make each bottle to ensure your results.
Table of Contents
- Supplement Specs
- Cordyceps Mushroom Ingredients
- What is Cordyceps Mushroom?
- Cordyceps usage
- Cordyceps Benefits
- How Does Cordyceps Work?
• 1 dropper
• 1-3 droppers 1-3 times per day
• 3 pounds into 1 quart - 144,000mgs per 2oz. bottle
• June 26th 2018
• 2 Years from manufacture
Made In Bend Oregon USA
Cordyceps Mushroom Specs
There are many medicinal mushrooms to choose from in our tonic repertoire, and most unique is the is the Cordyceps Sinensis (Cs-4) fungus, which, in the wild, grows on a caterpillar and has many benefits that are imbued to the one who consumes it. Although it does have the stress resistance attributes found in all tonic adaptogens and the properties specific to all medicinal mushrooms, it is best to focus on Cordyceps' special attributes for supplementation. These special attributes listed and explained below have gained Cordyceps status as a premier lung tonic, a mood enhancer, and have earned it recognition as a powerful exercise and fitness supplement.
Now renamed Ophiocordyceps Sinensis, there have been many peer reviewed studies and trials on the following unique benefits. At one time it was thought that many of the benefits occurred because of only the special studied acids, but as more studies and trials have been conducted, it is found that the effects come from complete supplementation with a full-spectrum supplement.
1. Respiratory Function - Oxygen Utilization
Oxygen extraction via lungs and blood transfer of oxygen to cellular mitochondria is enhanced. This increased utilization of oxygen strengthens lung function which will assist those with lung issues. For fitness enthusiast, this quickly translates into profound aerobic and steady-state performance benefits, as well as high altitude adaptability.
More oxygen is profound for our organism: unhealthy conditions have a more difficult time flourishing in oxygen rich tissues, more oxygen to the brain and nervous system means better performance mentally and physically, and resistance to fatigue from any type of work, plus associated reduced soreness from physical exercise.
Scientifically oxygen uptake measurement is known as Maximal Oxygen Uptake, which is made up of three factors: cardiac output, the lungs capability to extract oxygen from the air, and the muscles ability to utilize blood oxygen. Specifically it is the amount of oxygen one can use in one minute per kilogram of bodyweight.
2. Stamina & Endurance - Increased Cellular Energy
The ability of this mushroom to increase cellular energy more than 50% has been clinically proven in China due to increased ATP synthesis, directly giving us better stamina from faster rates of energy recovery after aerobic and anaerobic exercise. In conclusion, one will simply have less cumulative fatigue from physical exercise, as well as, decreased byproducts of fatigue. Animal studies demonstrate this as seen from the improved swimming capabilities of mice after less than 6 weeks of supplementation. A reduction of fatigue and its effects along with the inherent antioxidants found within this tonic reduce the effects of stress and many aging factors.
3. Aphrodisiac - Sexual Function - Libido
Traditional folk use of Cordyceps is a tonic for improved feelings about life and perception of one's quality of life; stressors have a reduced stress effect and challenges are easier to overcome. This may be due to modern studies showing decreases in measured levels of stress hormones, as well as, overall oxygenation and more bio-available cellular energy. This combination of factors has been shown to promote a state of calm while up-regulating brain function without side effects. Use is equally effective in men and women as both sexes have shown more desire and interest in sexuality. Some suggests that Cordyceps has a muscle relaxant property that may support better blow flow to and from the male genitals. Of course, such an effect will assist women by promoting blood flow to and from the pelvic area.
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Cordyceps Mushroom Supplement Ingredients
- Cordyceps Mushroom (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) fruiting body, mycelium, sclerotium
- Organic USA Grown Hardwood
- Cracked Cell Wall
- Dual+ Extraction
- Structured Distilled Water
- Triple Filtered USP Grade Organic Alcohol (45% by volume)
2oz. (60ml) supplement - 60 droppers in a bottle
Cordyceps Mushroom dose is 1500mgs extract per 1ml dropper.
Cordyceps Mushroom Dosage
For best results hold the extract liquid under the tongue for 60-90 seconds and then swallow the rest of the extract. This allows many of the constituents to bypass digestion and enter the body through the mouth. It also better promotes the immediate effects.
Dosage of Cordyceps is highly studied and extensively researched.
Cordyceps is safe and non-toxic according to numerous studies and is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the USFDA.
Being based upon studies that show efficacy and the numerous textbooks for Cordyceps mushroom extract, 3,000 to 9,000 milligrams daily for a period of at least two to six weeks. This is 2 to 5 droppers per day minimum, but athletes and the very physically active require up to 10 droppers a day.
It is vitally important one consume at least the minimum recommend dose for the desired effects and results. Too little a dose will yield minimal or no lasting benefit. As an adaptogen its benefit comes from consistent continued use over a period of time – a low doses taken over the course of 14 - 90 days is a sufficient concerning supplementation. Please take some time to learn how to take a tonic tincture and receive the best benefits from supplementation and consider the following guidelines for better effects and results:
- Be aware that consumption with meals is very important for the activation of benefits.
- It may temporarily lower blood sugar levels, and to assist its tonic properties, one must consume it with meals and be consistent in dosage for the chosen cycle to achieve best results and effects.
- It is not recommended to be taken during serious health conditions in that it may temporarily suppress immune function. This is a traditional caution, but one may indeed take it to assist recovery from general weakness – take it when major symptoms have cleared. Consider our very high polysaccharide extractions of Chaga or Reishi to assist strengthening for the immune system while fighting illness.
Guidelines for those seeking the performance benefits.:
- Low Activity (1-3 days a week): 1 bottle @ 2-3 droppers per day divided with 2 meals daily
- Moderate Activity (3-5 days a week): 2 bottles @ 3-5 droppers per day divided with 2-3 meals daily
- High Activity (4-7 days a week): 3 bottles @ 5-10 droppers per day divided with 3-4 meals daily
How to Supplement with Cordyceps - Potency, Efficacy & Cycling
Choosing the right supplement will drastically increase effects and results. We must seek potency in taking the proper dosage to receive all the benefits found from Cordyceps supplementation. In addition, we must use the correct supplement to gain such benefits and avoid powders and capsules, as the alcohol extract is what has shown relevance. Plus to derive full benefit from the building properties we are best consuming Cordyceps with meals.
1. Potency - Recommended Dosage
Minimum daily dose is 3,000mgs
Textbooks, trials and studies show that one must consume an equivalent dose of 3,000 to 9,000 milligrams of Cordyceps daily for their tonic cycle. Many studies showed no statistical effect for dosages less than 3,000mgs or such studies simply did not use less than 3,000mgs.
2. Efficacy - Alcohol Extract of Fruiting Body and Mycelium
For the oxygen absorption benefits, only the alcohol extraction of the entire mushroom, including the mycelium, has shown greater than 40% increases, which is why one use only a liquid hydroalcoholic extract that has high a degree of alcohol and a large amount of Cordyceps in the process. Be sure to check your supplement to see exactly what it contains and how much your extract is equivalent to dosage wise. Educate yourself and read your label.
3. Timing - Proper Cycling
When the proper dose is taken for the correct length of time the effects of Cordyceps will be cumulative and lasting. An average tonic cycle is 2-6 weeks for benefit. Upon cessation of supplementation one will notice lasting benefits that will extend out for at least the time that one has supplemented with Cordyceps, generally up to 12 weeks maximum before another cycle will be required to restore tone of its powerful adaptive properties.
What is Cordyceps Mushroom?
Cordyceps, or caterpillar fungus, is naturally found at high elevations around the Himalayas. It is harvested wild by traditional cultures in China and India and upon the Tibetan Plateau where it is known as “yartsa gunbu” since the 15th century and also in Nepal where it is called “Jeeban Buti”. The Chinese name, "dong chong xia cao" translates into English as ""summer-grass, winter-worm". The traditional strain is known as Cordyceps Sinensis which is only harvested wild, and is very expensive costing 5000 to 50000 dollars a pound depending on source and quality.
Traditionally many varieties of Cordyceps strains have been consumed
As with any tonic adaptogen one will often discover many different varieties of Cordyceps that may be used with similar attributes and results. Cordyceps is one that can include several possible choices for consumption. All across Asia, for many centuries, people from Nepal, Tibet, Japan, Bhutan and China have been collecting this unique mushroom. It is most certain that many different species have been consumed for their life imbuing benefits. In a small town southwest of Shanghai China is a Cordyceps museum known as the Chinese Cordyceum where one can find hundreds of different kinds of Cordyceps on display.
While the best known Cordyceps is Cordyceps sinensis, this variety is rare and expensive as it may only be collected wild in the Himalayas due to cultivation being restrictive to proper yields and potency. With the advent of cultivation a highly studied and efficacious variety has become much more widely available to the world known by the name Paecilomyces hepialid or Cordyceps CS-4. This is the most affordable and available strain available concerning the desired benefits of Cordyceps.
Many purveyors of Cordyceps confuse the names and until recently experts discovered that the name Cordyceps sinensis is incorrect as it has now been renamed Ophiocordyceps sinensis. As identification and classification continue many more strains will be cultivated and harvested for their adaptogen capabilities.
Current Cordyceps mycelia varieties recognized for consumption:
- Cordyceps sinensis
- Paecilomyces hepialid
- Ophiocordyceps sinensis
- Cordyceps militaris
- Cordyceps hawkesii
- Cordyceps liangshanensis
- Cordyceps barnesii
- Cordyceps guangdongensis
- Isaria cicadae
- Paecilomyces cicadae
Endocrine Glands: Adrenal, Thymus, Pituitary
Organ Systems: Kidney, Liver, Lung, Nerves, Immune, Lymph
Energetics: Yin & Yang Jing, Qi, Kidney, Lung
Cordyceps is a highly sought after aphrodisiac tonic used for many of its unique benefits.* Most powerful is the ability to increase breathing efficacy by strengthening the lungs and adrenal glands for greater oxygenation of the cells, organs and brain.* It is powerful antioxidant with adaptogen capacities which assists our bodies in reducing the damaging effects of stress and it will promote quicker recovery and regeneration.* It also strengthens immune function.* The cultivated mycelium is higher in active in special acids which assist cardiovascular function and rhythm and are possibly responsible steadying for heart rate.* Therefore it is a premier athletic tonic that has been used by amateur, professional and Olympic athletes concerning steady-state endurance exercise.
Cordyceps Mushroom Benefits
- Holistic Energizer*
- Immune Regulating*
- Oxygen Uptake*
How Does Cordyceps Mushroom Work?
Although one can purchase the very expensive wild Cordyceps, we use lab cultivated hardwood grown mushroom due to its great affordability in achieving the necessary high dosage recommendations. We use the Cs-4 grade, Paecilomyces hepialid, as shown from the extensive trial and error studies of the Chinese Academy of Sciences since successful cultivation in 1972. More specifically known by the name Jin Shui Bao in the scientifically based textbooks, this grade underwent clinical observation for over 20 years and was approved for efficacy and safety.
One of the best examples is a woman who competed in the mid-1990’s during the Olympics, by the name of Wang Junxia. She became the record breaking long distance runner in Olympic history and her coach attributed their team’s success in dominating the competition to the consumption of Cordyceps. Her example greatly shows this mushroom's ability to smooth our energy pathways into a highly effective steady-state where one is able to adjust to extended resistance much more fluidly.
To achieve greater potency of the desired active constituents found in the mycelium the first step of extraction breaks the tough cell walls. A no heat alcohol extraction is then used, as shown by scientific lab analysis, to extract more of the constituents that are unique to Cordyceps mycelium.
As with nearly all medical mushrooms, Cordyceps is enhanced with concurrent vitamin C consumption, either by diet or supplementation.
Some sources confirm that hormones may increase as a result of supplementation and may be responsible for the aphrodisiac qualities. This is only a mild action most likely due to the balancing actions on the endocrine system, specifically the adrenals and will help to preserve lean-mass loss and assist recovery and regeneration.