What Is Cordyceps Good For Anyway?
We hear this question all the time from folks who are new to the world of mushrooms: What is Cordyceps good for anyway? Maybe they’ve seen photos of the vibrant orange mushrooms. Maybe they overheard a buddy at the gym talking about adding Cordyceps tincture to their protein shake. Or maybe they are considering adding Cordyceps supplements to their regimen, but want to do their homework before trying something new.
Whatever the reason, talking about Cordyceps — and introducing more people to this mushroom that’s so near and dear to our hearts — is one of the best parts of the “job.”
First up, before we can answer “what is cordyceps good for?” we need to cover the basics. If you’ve only heard the name or seen a photo, no worries. You aren’t expected to be a mushroom expert — and you don’t need to be. That’s why we’re here!
The Cordyceps we grow and use officially goes by the botanical name Cordyceps militaris. For centuries, Cordyceps has been one of the most prized herbs used in traditional Chinese herbalism. More recently, Cordyceps has been studied for its antioxidant qualities, adaptogenic properties, immune support, and more.*
Cordyceps militaris is native to the East Coast of the US, where you can find it growing on moth larvae. You might hear people jokingly call them “zombie mushrooms” for this reason. No larvae are involved in our farming process though: Our Cordyceps are 100% vegan and organic! We grow all of our Cordyceps in-house here at Mushroom Revival. Over the last few years, we’ve refined our growing and cultivating techniques, and now we’re the largest Cordyceps militaris mushroom farm in the Western Hemisphere — and the only one that’s Certified Organic.
While you might be familiar with the cap and stem form that common mushrooms take (like white buttons at the supermarket or Shiitakes), Cordyceps have a look that’s all their own. They are bright orange. That’s 100% natural, even though these mushrooms have been compared to neon processed cheesy snacks.
Our products use only Cordyceps fruiting bodies, never mycelium, so you get only the “good stuff.” Fruiting bodies are, in the most basic terms, the above-ground parts that most people know as “mushrooms.” These are the parts you might forage or collect in the woods, and they’re what you buy at the farmers market.
Other mushroom supplements tend to be made from mycelium on grain. In nature, mycelium is the part of the mushroom you can’t see, as it’s usually hidden beneath the forest floor. While it’s important for the survival and proliferation of the mushroom, it’s not the part used in herbalism to support your health.*
What is Cordyceps Good for?
Speaking of supporting your health, let’s get back to that question: What is Cordyceps good for? Cordyceps is one of our favorite — and best-selling — mushrooms for health and well-being.* Here’s a peek at why it’s so awesome:
- Cordyceps supports cellular energy and endurance.* This mushroom uniquely boosts your body’s production of ATP, or adenosine triphosphate. (Flashback to high school biology!) ATP is the body’s building block of energy for most cellular processes.*
- Cordyceps enhances the body’s natural metabolic systems.* Cordyceps is rich in a compound known as cordycepin, which is chemically similar to the molecule adenosine. This compound modulates numerous physiological processes in your body, including metabolism.
- Cordyceps support your body as it manages daily stress.* Cordyceps is an adaptogen, so it’s part of a group of plants and mushrooms that supports your adrenals and your body’s natural response to stress.*
- Cordyceps supports lung capacity and oxygen uptake.* This mushroom can help support healthy levels of oxygen in the bloodstream, and it supports a healthy respiratory system, too!*
- Cordyceps has been used to support athletic performance.* One unofficial name for Cordyceps is “the Olympic mushroom.” That’s because a group of Chinese athletes cited their use of Cordyceps for their medal-winning success. (Of course, they also trained hard for many years to get that far!)
So there you have it, an answer to that burning question: “What is cordyceps good for?”