Cordyceps is often referred to as the caterpillar fungus because of its thin, tubular shape. They are believed to have energy boosting, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties.
In alternative medicine, cordyceps is often touted as a natural energy booster. Proponents also claim that cordyceps can protect against health problems like asthma, depression, diabetes, fatigue, high cholesterol, and upper respiratory tract infections.
- Cordyceps might be good for your heart. – While more human studies are needed, there are promising animal studies that show Cordyceps may be good for the heart. One study that tested the effect of Cordyceps in rats with chronic kidney disease saw a decrease in heart injuries after only 8 weeks. This is significant because heart injuries from chronic kidney disease is believed to increase heart failure. Other studies show Cordyceps may decrease bad cholesterol aka LDL cholesterol and reduce triglyceride levels. (Both high levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides are associated with heart disease.) It’s also interesting to note that Cordyceps is approved in China to treat arrhythmia, a condition that affects the rate your heart beats.
- Cordyceps can help boost libido. – Here’s another reason Cordyceps can get your heart beating: they’re good for your sex drive! Just like maca (aka the Viagra of superfoods, you can find this ingredient in Your Super mixes here!), this little fungus has been shown to not only improve your endurance on your foot, but also off your feet. In a six week animal study, researchers evaluated the effects of Cordyceps in mice. What they found was an increase in blood flow, energy and endurance — all important factors in sexual health!
- Cordyceps can help improve athletic performance – In 2004, researchers gave 37 healthy Chinese adults 3 grams a day of Cs-4 (Cordyceps sinensis) or placebo capsules for 6 weeks. At the end of the study, VO2max (maximal oxygen uptake) increased by 7%. The researchers concluded Cordyceps could “improve oxygen uptake or aerobic capacity and ventilation function and resistance to fatigue of elderly people in exercise.” A similar study was conducted in 2010, this time testing 20 healthy adults between the ages of 50 and 75. They took either Cs-4 capsules or placebo capsules 3 times a day for 12 weeks. The results showed those taking Cordyceps not only increased their endurance, but their physical abilities improved, too!
But what about younger adults? In a 2018 study, 28 participants with an average age of 22.7 were given 4 grams of a mushroom blend, which contained Cordyceps, for 3 weeks. Once again, those who took the Cordyceps supplements increased their VO2 max by 11%.
Want some real life evidence that Cordyceps can boost athletic performance? In 1993, two women at the National Games in Beijing broke the world records for the 1500, 3000 and 10000 meter runs. When asked what attributed to their record-breaking wins, their coach gave credit to the “revitalizing” properties of Cordyceps.
- Cordyceps can help with muscle fatigue – Another reason why Cordyceps are great for those who exercise: they’re good for your muscles — especially tired muscles. Studies suggest Cordyceps increase the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is a primary source of energy for our cells, especially muscles. One study in particular found mice who were given Cordyceps militaris increased their ATP levels and saw a delay in fatigue during swimming and running tests. This may be due to the fact that Cordyceps contain adenosine and it’s needed to produce ATP.
- Cordyceps are loaded with antioxidants known to combat free radical damage and help slow the signs of aging. A 2000 study published in the “British Journal of Nutrition” links Cordyceps to enhanced memory, improved brain function and an increase in antioxidants in the blood. Another study out of China found that administering Cordyceps extract to fruit flies significantly prolongs their lifespan by reducing their oxidative stress.
- Cordyceps are natural anti-inflammatory – Inflammation occurs when your body is defending itself against injury and infection. But if this process lasts too long, it causes chronic inflammation. When your immune system is being compromised, your body feels threatened, and begins to attack nearby organs. This causes some of the world’s most common chronic diseases.
But like turmeric, research shows that Cordyceps have anti-inflammatory properties. When scientists exposed human cells to Cordyceps, they discovered the proteins that cause inflammation had significantly decreased. Another study showed that Cordyceps reduced inflammation in the airways of mice, which may be beneficial for asthma therapy. And when applied topically, Cordyceps reduced skin inflammation in mice.
La Republica Cordyceps are RealCordyceps™ and never grown on insects. They are the C. Militaris variety, not the O. Militaris which aren’t vegan.
To enjoy, simply mix into smoothies or shakes, stir into coffee or tea, or add into any other recipe.
Has a mild mushroom flavour, lightly nutty, umami-like, and slightly earthy. Mixes well with foods like shallots and adds a sweetness. Is taken pre-workout to increase energy and performance. Has been used as an aphrodisiac.
Perfect for all diets: Vegan, Organic, Dairy-Free, Keto, Paleo, Gluten-Free; NON- GMO, no mycelium fillers, never fermented, never grown on oats or rice. Wild harvested and wild cultivated.
Packaging: No waste because La Republica use a BPA-free, UV protecting reusable jar, so none of the critical beta-glucans are lost.
Manufacturing: Gold Standard SQF Level 3 facility in Los Angeles.