Cordyceps is actually a type of fungus, just like mushrooms. However, it is a very unique and precious type of fungus.
The best Cordyceps are found in Si Chuan province of China and the highland of Tibet.
Wild Cordyceps are extremely difficult to harvest, here’s a passage from ancient Chinese text to give you some idea of how it’s done.
It has to be collected around the beginning of summer time, before the melting of snow (since it grows on very high altitude). At this time, the stroma (part of the fungus) is just above the thick snow.
After this period, the snow melts and all sorts of plants and grasses start to grow and it would be almost impossible to find the Cordyceps.”
With the preparation for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, the price of Cordyceps has skyrocketed. Rumour has it that Chinese government were buying up all the Cordyceps for their athletes.
And with the record breaking number of Gold medals the Chinese Olympic athletes had won, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were all consuming government supplied Cordyceps!
My recent research has indicated that you’d have to pay $600 Australian dollars for 37.5g of wild Cordyceps. And even at that price, there is not enough stock to go around. People in the know just can’t get enough of it!
So what make Cordyceps sinensis so special?
Well, in ancient time, only the imperial family and the really powerful and rich had privilege to access Cordyceps sinensis.
So Cordyceps has always carried with it an aura of class, prestige and value.
Obviously it was so sought after because of the wide range of health benefits Cordyceps provide for the person who consumes it.
And Cordyceps is actually quite a wonderful nutritious powerhouse.
Here’s a list of the ingredients:
Protein and amino acids: these are essential for life.
What is Cordyceps Sinensis good for
There were very few researches done on Cordyceps due to the limited amount and difficulty in accessing this herb.
Since the successful artificial cultivation of Cordyceps, more and more are being discovered in regards to the amazing benefits of Cordyceps.
benefits of Cordyceps:
Regulate the Immune function
Cordyceps contains pure cultivated Cordyceps sinensis, an herb used for centuries in China as a rejuvenating tonic that improves energy and supports function of various organs and systems. The strain of Cordyceps in this product is recognized by the Chinese government as similar to wild Cordyceps sinensis, a rare fungus that grows above 15,000 feet in the Tibetan Highlands region of China.