Cordyceps militaris benefits go beyond boosting your immune system — #4 may surprise you!
Cordyceps militaris is a mushroom with a host of benefits, including both traditional and modern uses. (This species of Cordyceps also happens to be the very type we grow at Mushroom Revival — and that we use in the products you know and love.)
From its adaptogenic qualities to its support for the immune system, Cordyceps is a mushroom worth getting to know. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting Cordyceps militaris benefits.
As a quick reminder: Cordyceps militaris can be cultivated without bugs or other animal-derived nutrients, making them a cruelty-free choice as opposed to its cousin Cordyceps sinensis. Thankfully for both humans and the moths those caterpillars morph into later in life, the two species are interchangeable in terms of beneficial compounds — but militaris is more affordable, due to its cultivation. Now back to the benefits of Cordyceps militaris.
1. Cordyceps militaris is an adaptogen.*
Adaptogens are herbs (both plants and mushrooms) that support the body’s healthy stress response, which is maintained by your adrenal glands.* This elite group of herbs includes Tulsi, Rhodiola, and Ashwagandha, as well as mushrooms like Reishi and — you guessed it — Cordyceps.
The term “adaptogen” is only a few decades old, but the herbs in the group have been used in cultures around the world for centuries. Cordyceps militaris is among those adaptogens used to help support healthy energy levels.*
2. Cordyceps militaris possess antioxidant qualities.*
Oxidation is a natural part of being a human — especially as we age. However, certain substances known as antioxidants apply the brakes to that process.
Cordyceps, one of the most valued herbs in traditional Chinese herbalism, has been studied for its antioxidant activity.*
3. Cordyceps militaris may boost athletic performance.*
Your body’s natural stress response deals with physical stress as either emotional or mental. As an adaptogen, Cordyceps has gained a following among athletes and gym-goers alike. This mushroom supports healthy energy and stamina levels, and it is used to support athletic performance.* In addition, Cordyceps militaris benefits also include the maintenance of cellular energy by lending support to the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is the body’s building block of energy for most cellular processes.* It supports endurance, too — and offers support for oxygen uptake and lung capacity.*
Did you know? Cordyceps militaris is one of 10(!) organic mushrooms in our super-duper popular Mush-10 tincture. (Mush-10 is also available as a powder, which you can add to your smoothie, latte and more.)
4. Cordyceps militaris benefits may include boosting performance in the bedroom.*
Beyond athletic performance, there’s another kind of performance that is associated with Cordyceps militaris benefits. (And that kind can get more than a little athletic at times, too!)
One of the traditional uses of Cordyceps is to support a healthy libido in older adults.* (It has a long history as a sexual tonic herb in China.*) In modern times, this little mushroom is still used to support a healthy libido.*
In studies on mice, Cordyceps (and the active constituent cordycepin) was shown to promote healthy testosterone levels.*
5. Cordyceps militaris may support healthy inflammatory function.*
Your body is pretty awesome at taking care of itself, scheduling regular and on-demand processes and responses to keep your cells and tissues healthy. Certain proteins in your body are programmed to respond as needed to ensure your cells turn over on time. Research has shown that Cordyceps helps your cells with this process.