Cordyceps (Cordyceps Sinensis)
The first people to discover Cordyceps’s benefits initially observed animal easting the wild fungus and growing strong in the process. Two thousand years ago, in the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet, local herdsman notice the unusual vigor of their yaks grazing on Cordyceps mushrooms. local people and herders used the fungus powder with a non-centrifugal cane sugar to increase milk production, and improve reproductive capacity and vitality of their cattle. It is believed to have been used since a thousand years ago by either being ground into a powder or mixed.
Until recently, the best known species of the genus Cordyceps sinensis was first recorded as yartsa gunbu in Nyamnyi Dorje’s 15th century Tibetan text An ocean of Aphrodisiacal Qualities in Nepali. There are many Chinese legends and myths about the characteristics and power of the Cordyceps sinensis as a rare and exotic medicinal mushroom know in China for centuries, also know as “summer-grass, winter-worm” in English.
Cordyceps is also acclaimed within other international markets, and it is available in several countries around the world, where it is sold in different forms.
BOTANY & FORAGING
It is a rare combination of a caterpillar and fungus found in Sikkim at altitudes above 12,500 feet above sea level in cold, grassy, alpine meadows of the Himalayan mountains.
The fruiting body is usually up to 4 inches (around 10 cm) long and .2 inches (1/2 cm) wide. They’re usually orange or brown.
It’s a worm fungus, and is found only on the Tibetan Plateau. The normal harvesting period stretches from April to August. Other Cordyceps species grow all over the world, mainly in Asia notably Nepal, China, Japan, Bhutan, Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand.
Although written record of Cordyceps sinensis use appeared in Traditional Chinese Medicine centuries ago. However, the last two decades have seen a great increase in research on Cordyceps as a medicinal mushroom in the West.
- Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
- Immune Function
- Anti-Aging Properties
- May Boost Exercise Performance
Cautions: This supplement isn’t for everyone. Those who shouldn’t take it:
- Pregnant women
- Women who are breast-feeding
- People with multiple sclerosis
- People with rheumatoid arthritis
- Those with other autoimmune diseases
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