Organic Cordyceps Mushroom Powder
Certified Organic by Organic Food Federation
The Go To Mushroom for Performance Athletes
Made from the Fruiting Body
Cordyceps mushrooms, the source of cordyceps mushrooms powder, are classified as a parasitic fungus as it grows on the larva of insects. The two well-known species of cordyceps mushroom which are processed into powder are Cordyceps militaris and Cordyceps sinensis. Cordyceps mushroom powder is made by drying and crushing the mushroom after harvesting it from its natural habitat. The word cordyceps is derived from two Greek words, “kordyle”, which means club and “cephalic”, which means head. Some of the countries which are the biggest breeders of the fungus are Japan, China, Peru, Bolivia, India, Australia and the USA, among others. Cordyceps sinesis grows naturally in the Himalayas Mountain in Tibet and Bhutan. In India, it grows on the grasslands of the Himalayas mostly referred to as “Keera Ghas”. This fungus is popularly known as “Himalayan Gold” because of its very expensive price tag. At some point in time, it was considered to be worth more than gold. In 2007, after further taxonomical studies on the genus Cordyceps, Cordyceps sinesis, it was renamed to Ophiocordyceps sinesis. Cordyceps is known by different names in the different regions it is found. It is called dong Chong Xia or “Chinese caterpillar fungu” in China. In Japan, it goes by the name tochukaso. In Tibet, it is called yartsa gunbu while in Nepal it has been named yarsagumba.
Cordyceps mushrooms grows by attacking and devouring the larva of Himalayan ghost moths. The lifecycle starts when spores infect the host insect and start to germinate forming tiny capillaceous filaments known as hyphae. These are formed inside the insect, which acts as the host. It then turns it into mycelium. The mycelium eats up the insect from the inside until it is consumed completely. The insect which has been converted into a place where the fruiting body emerges from is referred to as a sclerotium. Once the conditions in the surrounding environment are optimum, the mushroom’s fruiting body emerges from the insect’s head. The fruiting body is blade-like and usually range from orange to brown in colour. This method of growing led the Chinese to nickname it “the winter worm summer grass.”Cordyceps militaris is a more recently developed cultivated species of the cordyceps. They are majorly cultivated on a substrate that is full of nutrients, for example, oats. For the two species, the fruiting body is the one which is recognized and used by many people.
Since the 15th century, cordyceps mushrooms have always been held in high regard among the indigenous of Tibet and China. Ancient texts stated how yak herders who were grazing their flock at high altitudes in the Himalayas Mountain noticed how their yaks became more agile and playful when they consumed a certain type of mushroom. They took great interest and upon further investigation, they found that the yaks had been grazing on an oddly looking caterpillar-resembling mushroom, they also started taking it. In 620 A.D, cordyceps became very valuable to the ruling emperors during the Tang Dynasty. They were quite expensive and were not accessible to the ordinary citizen. Only emperors and elites in the society were allowed to use them. In Europe, they were introduced by a French priest who was being hosted by one of the Chinese Emperors. The mushrooms first appeared in European medical scripts in 1757.
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How to Use
We recommend taking 2 - 5 grams a day mixed with hot or cold water, juices or blended into smoothies or food or made into a tea,