Cordyceps is a medicinal mushroom and adaptogen that is mainly used to increase energy levels and endurance and to support the immune system. *
It increases the oxygen uptake by cells and regulates the way your body uses oxygen. *
This mushroom has the ability to optimize aerobic capacity: this is the point where the body can use as much oxygen as possible in the most efficient way.
The oxygen is then used to produce energy.
Cordyceps helps reduce fatigue and stimulates high-intensity performance.
It can be used both before and after exercise to help increase energy and endurance and after to stimulate the body's recovery.
By acting as an antioxidant, Cordyceps positively impacts the reduction of oxidative stress, which contributes to delay of fatigue. *
The increase in oxygen and blood flow, especially to the liver, contributes to the reduction of lactic acid in the blood, known as lactate. Too much lactate can lead to extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, difficulty breathing and abdominal pain.
As an adaptogen, it helps to balance the body's stress responses and regulates the functioning of the neuroendocrine system and the immune system.
This mushroom plays a crucial role in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Tibetan medicine. It is used for treatments of the respiratory tract, kidneys, liver, cell immunity, fatigue and for various medicinal applications.
Cordyceps has been registered as an official medicine in China since 1964.
Cordyceps comes in several variants, including the two most famous; Cordyceps Sinensis and Cordyceps Militaris.
Wild Cordyceps Sinensis grows mainly in parts of the Himalayas and in several Asian countries. It is rare and very expensive, costing up to $20,000 per kilo, making it the most expensive mushroom in the world.
Cordyceps in supplements is cultivated.
Cordyceps contains important nutrients including amino acids and vitamins B1, B2, B12 and K.
Cordyceps adaptogen for the skin
With its anti-aging, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Cordyceps has the ability to stimulate skin cell renewal.
The antioxidants help reduce premature aging and damage from free radicals and UV radiation. *
Polysaccharides in Cordyceps stimulate the skin's renewal process. They help to strengthen the protective layer of the skin which, which keeps the skin hydrated.
This is especially important for dry and mature skin.
It contains mannitol, a sugar alcohol that helps moisturize and nourish the skin.
Peptides, essential amino acids and proteins help the skin stay firm, supple and hydrated.
How do you use Cordyceps?
You can add Cordyceps to different types of food and drinks such as a smoothie, latte, oatmeal, soup, yogurt, fruit salad, in baking recipes etc.
Combining it with healthy fats such as coconut products, (plant-based) dairy products, olive oil, nuts or avocado helps with the absorption of its properties.
In order to optimize the absorption of the active substances in Cordyceps, heat is needed.
You can add Cordyceps in powder form to your dishes while cooking and let it simmer over low heat.
The powder can also be used to make tea or an elixir by letting it simmer on a low heat in a pan with water. The liquid can then be added either warm or cold to your foods or drinks.
You can also add the powder to a warm drink.
Cordyceps is one of the adaptogens in the I am energized and I am glowing blends.