The Best Cordyceps Mushroom Supplement on the Market: What to Look For*
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST CORDYCEPS MUSHROOM SUPPLEMENT FOR YOU*
The health benefits of cordyceps mushroom supplements are becoming more widely understood and sought after all over the world.* However, not all supplements are created equal. How does one go about finding the best cordyceps mushroom supplement? At Mushroom Revival, we use 100% fruiting bodies to produce our supplements for the most potency and effectiveness possible. Learn more about Mushroom Revival’s practices.
WHAT ARE CORDYCEPS?
Cordyceps is a booming functional mushroom that has gained a lot of publicity since the 1993 National Games in Beijing China, where the Chinese Women’s Track and Field team broke three world records. Because of their unprecedented achievements, they were accused of doping. In response to the accusations, the Chinese Women’s track team released that they were taking large amounts of cordyceps mushrooms; the rest of the world took note.
*The promising effects of cordyceps mushrooms have prompted a high demand in the market. We should celebrate the newfound availability of this functional mushroom, but it is important to be judicious when searching for the best cordyceps mushroom supplement on the market.*
THE BEST CORDYCEPS MUSHROOM SUPPLEMENT: CORDYCEPS SINENSIS VS. CORDYCEPS MILITARIS*
Cordyceps sinensis is a “cousin” of Cordyceps militaris that grows in specific parts of the world such as Peru, Tibet and Bhutan. The most notable compound in Cordyceps sinensis is Cordycepin. This is the same compound in Cordyceps militaris, however militaris has more cordycepin than sinensis. That’s one reason Cordyceps militaris is used to make the best cordyceps mushroom supplement on the market.*
Cordyceps sinensis grows on caterpillars in the wild and is generally rare to find. Because of its popularity, it has been over-harvested, and therefore, its price has skyrocketed. In fact, its price tag has come close to its weight in gold: $20,000 per kilogram. Attempts to cultivate this mushroom to get around the hefty price tag have been futile, and there are few cases of successful attempts to grow the mycelium.*
EXTRACTION METHODS: HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CORDYCEPS MUSHROOM SUPPLEMENT*
Mycelium is akin to the roots of the mushroom; it is the underground network responsible for transforming itself to make a fruit body, or mushroom. Researchers and scientists have been able to clone cordyceps sinensis to produce large amounts of this mycelium in liquid bioreactors that render pure mycelium into functional extracts. The majority of these sinensis supplements will contain Paecilomyces hepiali, also known as CS-4. (3) This is an anamorph of cordyceps–meaning it is an incomplete profile of the mushroom, and does not offer full spectrum compounds. There is debate surrounding the potency of these products, since they are not actually using the mushroom, but its “roots,” or mycelium.
Many producers in the United States have now begun to grow mycelium on grain, which they then freeze-dry and blend to sell as a mushroom supplement product. This method has been proven to be remarkably watered down, because much of it is a filler—grain.
Due to the inability to cultivate sinensis fruit bodies, many cordyceps famers focus on Cordyceps militaris, the cousin strain that offers the same functional compounds as sinensis, but can actually be commercially cultivated. Militaris fruiting bodies contain significantly more cordycepin than Sinensis mycelium or even Sinensis fruiting bodies. This is important information to know when looking for the best cordyceps mushroom supplement online or in store. Make sure the product you are buying is 100% fruit bodies and not mycelium on grain!
If you are unsure of whether your product is 100% mushroom fruiting bodies, look at the label to see if they have any buzzwords including “mycelium” “myceliated brown rice” “fruit-bodies” “mushrooms.” Other things to look out for are the polysaccharide content vs. beta glucan content. If a label states the polysaccharide content but not the beta glucan content, this is a red flag. Polysaccharides are long sugar chains found in mushrooms, and also in grain. Beta glucans are polysaccharides, but so are compounds found in rice. The producers who use myceliated brown rice in their products will happily list a high polysaccharide content, when most of that number comes from the grain and not the beta glucans!*
Cordyceps militaris has been commercially farmed in China and Thailand as a better and cheaper alternative to the unsustainable wild harvested Cordyceps sinensis. And just within the last few years, this information has been brought to the USA. Mushroom Revival is one of the first, and also the biggest, commercial Cordyceps militaris mushroom producers in the west. We are proud to make the best cordyceps mushroom supplement in the form of potent tinctures, capsules, and dried mushrooms!
THE BEST CORDYCEPS MUSHROOM SUPPLEMENT: AT MUSHROOM REVIVAL, WE DO IT THE RIGHT WAY*
We use 100% fruiting bodies of cordyceps in our products, and never use mycelium on grain. Although cordyceps grow on bugs in the wild, we grow our cordyceps on food-safe supplemented rice media in sterile conditions. Although we grow on this rice substrate, we do not use it in our formulas. Not only that, but we are now in the process of getting an organic certification, which would make us the first and only certified organic commercial Cordyceps militaris farm on this half of the globe. And on top of making integral products, we also plant one tree for every product sold.
You can trust Mushroom Revival to bring you the best cordyceps mushroom supplement, all while planting trees to make your body and the body of the earth a better place. We have a double extracted tincture complimented with ginger, lemon and guarana. Energize your body, mind, soul, and plant a few trees while you’re at it! Try Our Cordyceps Today!
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.