The first thing that really grabbed my attention about Cordyceps Fungus is a story about some Chinese, women athletes breaking 9 world records during a period of time they were consuming cordyceps sinensis. You can read more about that by clicking on Coryceps Benefits.
Cordyceps is a genus of fungus specifically referred to as an entomopathogenic fungi. These types of mushrooms have spores that act as parasites of insects. Once they have attached to the insect they germinate and colonize the whole body cavity (stoma) of the insect and the insect usually dies, as is the case with cordyceps fungus.
Cordyceps fungi are known to be able to effect the behavior of their host. For example there is a genus of cordyceps that uses ants as its host, and causes an ant to climb up a blade of grass or other plant near it’s death. This allows the fungus to continue it’s propagation in ideal conditions for spore distribution.
You can watch the video on this page to see how cordyceps can control the behavior of the insect they attach themselves to. It’s pretty scary in a way. Luckily, cordyceps fungus is healthful for us to consume, so don’t worry.
Cordyceps sinensis, is the kind of cordyceps you want to consume for the most benefits to your health. This particular genus of cordyceps are also known as caterpillar fungus, because they make a caterpillar larvae their host. In China cordyceps sinensis is also known as DongChongXiaCao (winter worm summer grass).
This highly revered mushroom has even gained the reputation as the elixir of life, due to it’s reputation for promoting longevity and youthfulness.
Cordyceps Sinensis have been used in China and Tibet for at least 1000 years. Until relatively recently they were very hard to get. They only grow wild in the Himalyas in parts of Nepal and Tibet and, in smaller amounts around the borders of China and India.
The price of cordyceps sinensis has been as high as 35,000 dollars a pound because of the demand and difficulty of gathering it. Due to modern cultivation techniques, you can get them for a reasonable price now.
A few companies have mastered the art of cultivating this coveted fungi to match it’s exact wild genus. This method of cultivation, especially when done organically like the companies I recommend, is superior and far less expensive than obtaining the wild variety. (Read Cordyceps Side Effects to learn more about why quality control is so important when buying cordyceps sinensis.)
Why You Might Want To Include Cordyceps Fungus In Your Diet
In Chinese Medicine cordyceps sinensis is considered a tonic herb. It is known for strenghtening the kidneys, building immunity and enhancing athletic ability, among many other benefits.
Cordyceps contain potent antioxidants called polysaccharides, which contribute to the reputation cordyceps have as being a longevity herb. Their are multiple benefits attributed to the consumption of cordyceps fungus. You can read more about them at Cordyceps Benefits.
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