Cordyceps (Fungi) Powder
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Approximately 100 serves / $0.34 per serve / 3 Months Supply!
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WHAT IS THIS GEM and WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Cordyceps is classified by science as an: IMMUNOMODULATOR: strengthening, balancing, supporting and regulating the immune system, optimising immune response, and, an ADAPTOGEN: helping the body adapt to stress. With this in mind, our friend Cordyceps has many and varied health benefits, when consumed its 30+ bioactive ingredients have been studied for various health conditions. Working synergistically in the body, they have been shown to potentially aid energy production, virility, physical and cognitive performance. Athletes pay particular attention to its ability in aiding them to go harder for longer, whilst supporting the many systems in the body and homeostasis. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has used Cordyceps as a tonic for rejuvenation, longevity, endurance and vitality for centuries, suggesting benefits such as organ health (kidneys and lungs), sexual prowess, mental and physical performance as well as strengthening the skeletal system (lumber spine, knees and ankles). Classified as containing both Yin (energy accumulated) and Yang (energy expended), although it is said to be more Yang than Yin, it supports balance (homeostasis) within the body. The below icons illustrate Cordyceps potential to impact the way the body functions which in-turn impacts how we feel.
Head over to the history tab for more about its origin, the science tab to delve into the research or the kitchen tab for some tasty recipes.
- extracellular polysaccharides,
- intracellular polysaccharides such as galactomannan, and
- alkanols such as D-mannitol.
- crude proteins,
- essential amino acids,
- multiple trace elements, and
- some vitamins.
- peptides (cordymin and myriocin),
- γ-aminobutyric acid,
- adenosine, and
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THE MAGIC OF FOOD SCIENCE*
Anti-oxidants play an important role in preventing the body being put under stress from oxidation. Science suggests that the high levels of polysaccharides (phenols and flavonoids), cordymin and melanin found in Ophiocordyceps could potentially provide anti-oxidative effects, coupled with studies also suggesting that Ophiocordyceps potentially increases the ability of anti-oxidants to scavenge free-radicals — seek and find activity — within the blood, it becomes the perfect product to protect athletes (and non-athletes alike) from oxidative stress.
Studies are also providing increasing evidence that the anti-oxidative compounds of Ophiocordyceps, when combined with a balanced diet, may be responsible for supporting the following effects:
- anti-inflammatory, and
Ophiocordyceps has also been linked to helping improve memory and have an anti-aging capacity via its anti-oxidative effects.
Through a more complex extraction Ophiocordyceps could potentially have an impact on the dopamine and adrenaline nervous systems, having a more direct effect as an anti-depressant. (6, 8, 22)
Studies have also suggested that the combined immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory abilities of Ophiocordyceps may aid the regulation of intestinal bacteria and improve organ health (liver / kidneys).
Many studies have been performed surrounding Medicinal Mushrooms and various cancers, studies have suggested that Ophiocordyceps may help treat tumour growth in various cancers including lung, prostate, breast, colon, lymphoma and skin. See studies opposite for more information.
Many studies have shown that extracting Ophiocordyceps into a hot tea or adding it to various water based foods can aid in activating it's immunmodulatory effects. (2, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13)
Further studies suggest that supplementation improves;
- exercise performance by increasing the metabolism as well as extending the time before becoming out of breath,
- endurance by lowering fatigue, and
- cellular ATP production = useful energy! (Rather than CNS stimulation, and potential energy deficiency, via say caffeine)*.
Some studies suggest that it is over three times more effective in increasing libido of men, compared to a placebo. It has also been reported that treatment with Ophiocordyceps resulted in a 33% increase in sperm count. This increase has been attributed by some to nutrients within Ophiocordyceps, such as amino acids, vitamins, and zinc. (8)
Opposite are the studies we've found which are explained below, as new studies are released we will update them here.
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A SHORT HISTORY
Cordyceps is a family of around 400 species, Cordyceps sinensis was renamed Ophiocordyceps sinensis in 2007, after the family was split based on pigment, due to being of dark pigment, Cordyceps Sinensis was classified as part of the Ophiocordyceps family. The name cordyceps derives from the greek word kordyle, meaning “club" and the latin ceps meaning “head".
The origin of Ophiocordyceps still appears to be a little mysterious, with many stories yet no factual evidence that we could find to substantiate them (feel free to send us your findings if you come across any).
- male and female sexual dysfunction,
- organ health (primarily kidneys, lungs, heart),
- relieve pain,
- symptoms of tuberculosis,
- symptoms of haemorrhoids,
- to restore general health and appetite, and
- to promote longevity.
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THE LIFE OF OPHIOCORDYCEPS.
Cordyceps sinensis (Ophiocordyceps Sinensis) is a host fungus with a different strain for each host, usually insects or arthropods making it entomopathogenic. In the wild, the mycelium invades the host in late autumn, the host will then hibernate for winter, when early summer comes around the mycelium replaces the host tissue, growing a fruiting body/stroma from the host (also called “the grass”) — leading to the Chinese/Tibetan name Winter-worm Summar-Grass. With the most medicinal components being inside the fruiting body. This wild fungus grows only in high-altitude regions of about 3800m above sea level, in cold, grassy, alpine meadows of the Himalayan mountains. David Attenborough's documentary shows it in action.
The Grove Cordyceps is the Ophiocordyceps sinensis strain, which is also know as Caterpillar Fungus, it has been carefully cultivated in controlled conditions using modern fermentation technology, before being dried and ground into the powder we provide you here. Due to being a host fungus, Wild Cordyceps as you might imagine, can be tricky to find, because it’s tricky, plus in high demand, it pushes the price up (in excess of $500USD per gram) making it more valuable that gold by weight. Over-harvesting and exploitation caused China to recently list the wild Ophiocordyceps as endangered. This modern fermentation method that The Grove Cordyceps is cultivated via, is an effective alternative to finding and harvesting Wild Cordyceps, as it provides a larger yield which in turn lowers the cost. There are numerous scientific studies that have shown that this fermented variety provides the same potency and health benefits as the wild variety — all the health benefits and a price efficiency too — win win.
The Grove Ophiocordyceps Fungi strain is cultivated in China’s northeastern Jiangsu province. It is then fermented and separated ready for processing.
The Ophiocordyceps is then machine dried, crushed, sifted and ground to a powder. The powder is then treated to conform with AU Department of Agriculture importation requirements. Once complete the powder is bulk packaged ready to send to The Grove HQ.
The product is then put on a ship and sails to Australia. It is quarantined and then released to The Grove HQ.
Once it arrives at The Grove HQ we carry out quality control checks and repackage it ready for you.
GET IN THE KITCHEN
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