Add mushroom extracts to your daily routine and support your yoga, meditation or martial art practice.
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Latest Customer Review
Energy all day!
I have been taking cordyceps mushrooms for a while, but I never ‘felt’ anything. Someone recommended cordyceps extract from Sacred Source Botanicals. And wow, when I drink my morning coffee now with cordyceps extract I feel like I have energy all day and am not so exhausted when I come home from work! Total game changer!
Cordyceps – Lasting Energy
Premium Mushroom Extract Powder – 100g
- Increase stamina, endurance & sexual health*
- Hot-water extracted from cordyceps fruiting bodies
- Extraction ratio 8:1
- >20% beta-D-glucans, >0.3% cordycepin
- 3rd party lab verified for active compounds
- USDA certified organic
- 3rd party lab tested for heavy metals and other contaminants
- 100g bulk mushroom extract powder equals 100 servings
- Supports your health for $0.49 per serving
- Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Vegan
- No added carriers, fillers, binders, coloring agents or other ingredients
$49.00 – $88.00
Our cordyceps mushroom extracts are more potent compared to most other medicinal mushroom supplements on the market. Why? Because all our medicinal mushroom powders are
- traditionally hot water extracted to make medicinal compounds bio-available – and not just ground up dried mushroom powders with a much lower medicinal potency
- made from mushroom fruiting bodies – and not from mycelium on grains
- 3rd party verified for high levels of bio-active medicinal compounds, such as beta-D-glucan
- checked for purity (3rd party tested for heavy metals and other contaminants)
- stored in eco-friendly amber glass jars to protect powders from damaging UV rays
Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine have used cordyceps mushrooms for thousands of years. The extract of these power mushrooms is an excellent energy booster and in addition may support:
- Strong Immune System*
- Athletic Performance*
- Healthy Circulation & Respiration*
- Stamina & Endurance Levels*
- Sexual Function*
- Healthy Inflammation Response*
- Healthy Cell Growth*
- Apoptosis (Important Function In Inhibiting Cancer Growth)
- And more
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Serving Size: 1/2 teaspoon or 1 gram
Servings per Container: 100
|Amount Per Serving|
|Cordyceps Mushroom Extract*±
Cordyceps militaris (fruiting body)
± hot water extract (8:1 ratio)
**Percent of daily value not established
Ingredients: organic cordycpes mushroom extract (from fruiting body only)
½ teaspoons 1-3 times daily, or as recommended by a qualified health care practitioner.
Add to hot water, coffee/ tea or your favorite smoothie.
Keep out of the reach of children. Consult a physician if you are pregnant or nursing; have or had a medical condition, or are taking prescription drugs. If you have any adverse effects to the product, stop taking the product immediately and consult your physician.
Store in a cool and dry place. Do not use if safety seal is damaged or missing.
Cordycep is a fungus. The most commonly known varieties are cordyceps sinensis and cordyceps militaris.
Cordyceps sinensis is the cordyceps variety that naturally grows on caterpillars. Since the cultivation of cordyceps sinensis fruiting bodies is very difficult, authentic cordyceps sinensis mushroom extracts made from fruiting bodies are extremely expensive: the market price is $40,000/kg or more.
Cordyceps militaris is another variety, which can be cultivated more easily. Extracts made from its fruiting bodies have a comparable medicinal and nutritional profile compared to extracts made from cordyceps sinensis.
The ideal growing medium for cordyceps militaris has proven to be grains. All our other mushrooms are grown on trees or wood, however, cordyceps militaris is an exception due to the above reasons.
Note of caution: most cordyceps sinensis extracts in the US market are most likely made from mycelium, not from fruiting bodies and therefore are of inferior quality and medicinal value. Similar with cordyceps militaris: if extract is made from mycelium grown on grain, it will have less medicinal value than extracts made from fruiting bodies.
Our cordyceps militaris mushroom extract is made from fruiting bodies only, no exception.
Our cordyceps militaris mushroom extract is vegan. No insects or caterpillars were involved in the growing process.
Cordyceps mushroom extract has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine for regulating a healthy immune response, promoting cardiovascular health, improving healthy stamina and endurance levels, support lung and kidney function and healthy joints. In addition it is known to reduce stress and prevent fatigue and may support oxygen absorption by up to 40%. It is also known as a strong antioxidant and adaptogen.
Cordyceps has a rather earthy taste.
Cordyceps militaris mushroom extract is ideal for athletes seeking to improve their performance. However, it is also supportive for anyone who wants to have more energy and be healthier overall. It is great for many different facets of the immune system, oxidation and anti-aging.
However, if a medical condition is present, a qualified health care practitioner needs to be consulted before taking cordyceps supplements.
It is a mild stimulant, however, it does not contain caffeine.
Yes, it is USDA organic certified.
Our cordyceps is grown on rice. Usually, all our mushrooms are grown on trees or wood mediums to ensure superior quality. The reason our cordyceps mushrooms are grown on rice is because this growing practice has resulted in the highest amount of medicinal compounds.
It is important to note, that unlike many other cordyceps products, the rice is not included in the final product. We only use fruiting bodies in our extracts.
No. Due to our high quality commitment, our cordyceps extracts are made from cordyceps fruiting bodies only. There are numerous other suppliers in the market who make their cordyceps extract from cordyceps mycelium grown on grain, which typically tests for significantly lower medicinal value.
Our cordyceps extract is made through hot water extraction. This is in our experience the most effective extraction method. The extraction ratio for our cordyceps extract is 8:1.
We don’t test specifically for polysaccharides because this is a large category of different things.
Many companies talk about the high polysaccharide levels of their products. Why? Because high quality mushrooms have medicinal compounds that are polysaccharides, such as beta-D-glucan, PSK (polysaccharide krestin) or PSP (polysaccharide peptide). However, a high polysaccharide level does not necessarily translate to high levels of the aforementioned medicinal compounds. Polysaccharides can also be found in grains and vegetables – starch and cellulose are polysaccharides, as well.
In order to ensure high potency of your mushroom product, look for the (1-3, 1-6) beta-D-glucan, not for polysaccharides.
All our medicinal mushroom extracts are tested by a third party lab (Megazyme) for their beta-D-glucan levels to ensure high potency. More specifically, we test for the (1-3, 1-6) beta-D-glucans, which are the sought after medicinal compounds in most medicinal mushrooms.
The main active medicinal compounds in cordyceps are generally considered beta-D-glucans and cordycepin. In addition, there are numerous other beneficial phytochemicals.
Our cordyceps regularly tests at 20% or higher.
Our cordyceps regularly tests at 0.3% or higher.
When it comes to sourcing our cordyceps mushrooms, quality and safety are of foremost concern. In order to yield the quality and medicinal potency cordyceps mushrooms are famous for we turned to the place where growing and extraction methods have been continuously refined for the past centuries: China.
Our cordyceps mushroom is traditionally and organically grown on a USDA organic certified farm in an eco-village in China. As it stands, China is the best place to get the actual mushroom fruiting bodies of cordyceps, rather than mycelium on grain, which is mostly found in US grown medicinal mushroom products.
We regularly test for the potency of our mushrooms, including our cordyceps extracts. In addition we test for any traces of heavy metals or other contaminants. This ensures quality and safety of our cordyceps extracts.
Yes. As we, the Sacred Source Botanicals team, are also consuming our products on a daily basis, we are always concerned about the health and safety of our products.
We get our cordyceps mushrooms consistently tested by third party laboratories. All of our product specifications follow the following industry established limits:
- Lead: < 2ppm*
- Arsenic: < 2ppm*
- Cadmium: < 2ppm*
- Mercury: < 0.1ppm*
*ppm = parts per million
Cordyceps mushrooms like other medicinal mushrooms have to be extracted in order to make the medicinal compounds bio-available. In its raw form, cordyceps may have some benefits, as well. However, the medicinal properties cordyceps is famous for are locked away in the mushrooms cell-walls, unless it gets extracted for example through hot water extraction.
No, it is just pure cordyceps mushroom extract powder. No added fillers, starch, binders or any other additives.
How to Take Cordyceps Mushroom Extract
Our cordyceps extract dissolves in both cold and hot water. Sometimes it clumps a little bit, but if stirred this will dissolve completely, especially if added to hot water.
With our extract you’ll just need to add our recommended dose of ½ tsp to hot water and stir. See our recipe section for more inspiration.
Our recommended dose is 1,000mg 1-3 times daily. 1,000mg is equal to ½ teaspoon of extract powder. For some a larger dosage is safe, as well. However, if you have a medical condition or are pregnant, please consult a qualified health care practitioner before taking cordyceps supplements.
Most of our customers like to take their cordyceps mushroom extract in the morning to boost their energy for the day. Generally speaking, you can take cordyceps extract at any time of the day on an empty stomach as well as before, during or after meals. However, if you react sensitively to (mild) stimulants, it is better to avoid taking it at night.
Cordyceps can be taken at any time even if one is not showing any symptoms of compromised health. The aim of medicinal mushrooms is to support your body when you are healthy so you don’t get sick in the first place.
Side Effects and Contraindications
Because there isn’t enough scientific studies involving children, it is best for them to avoid cordyceps. If you nevertheless would like to give your child cordyceps extracts, it is very important to consult a pediatrician or qualified health care practitioner before taking cordyceps supplements.
Because there isn’t enough scientific studies involving pregnant or breastfeeding women, it is best for nursing or expecting women to avoid cordyceps. If you nevertheless would like to take cordyceps extracts, it is very important to consult a qualified health care practitioner before taking cordyceps supplements.
Yes, absolutely. However, if your pet has a medical condition, please consult a veterinarian first.
Because it is untested as such children, pregnant and breastfeeding women may want to avoid cordyceps. Anyone who has a medical condition, needs to consult a qualified health care practitioner before taking cordyceps supplements.
Cordyceps is thought to increase the body’s production of the molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is essential for delivering energy to the muscles.
In one study, researchers tested their effects on exercise capacity in 30 healthy older adults using a stationary bike. Participants received either 3 grams per day of a synthetic strain of Cordyceps called CS-4 or a placebo pill for six weeks.
By the end of the study, VO2 max had increased by 7% in participants who had taken CS-4, while participants given the placebo pill showed no change (Source2).
VO2 max is a measurement used to determine fitness level (Show Study2).
In a similar study, 20 healthy older adults received either 1 gram of CS-4 or a placebo pill for 12 weeks (Show Study3).
While researchers found no change in VO2 max in either group, participants given CS-4 improved other measures of exercise performance.
One study also tested the effects of a Cordyceps-containing mushroom blend on exercise performance in younger adults (Show Study4).
After three weeks, participants’ VO2 max had increased by 11%, compared to a placebo.
Traditionally, people of both sexes took tonics made from cordyceps to enhance libido and improve reproductive function. Based on animal models, it appears that cordyceps supplements can help the body utilize oxygen more efficiently and improve blood flow, which is important for physical health and sexual function. (Show Study)
Improved endurance, increased energy and lower levels of inflammation are several other reasons that cordyceps may improve fertility and libido. Thus, cordyceps may be used as a natural treatment for infertility as well as a natural remedy for impotence.
The elderly have traditionally used Cordyceps to reduce fatigue and boost strength and sex drive.
Researchers believe their antioxidant content may explain their anti-aging potential (Show Study1).
One study found that mice that were given Cordyceps lived several months longer than mice given a placebo (Source).
Another study found that Cordyceps extended the lives of fruit flies, further supporting the belief that they have anti-aging benefits (Show Study8).
Cordyceps’ potential to slow the growth of tumors has generated significant interest in recent years.
Researchers believe the fungi may exert anti-tumor effects in several ways.
In test-tube studies, Cordyceps have been shown to inhibit the growth (apoptosis) of many types of human cancer cells, including lung, colon, skin and liver cancers (Show Study1, Show Study2, Show Study3, Show Study4).
Cordyceps may also reverse the side effects associated with many forms of cancer therapy including chemotherapy and radiation. One of these side effects is leukopenia.
Not to be confused with the cancer leukemia, leukopenia is a condition in which the number of white blood cells (leukocytes) decreases, lowering the body’s defenses and increasing the risk of infection (Show Study).
One study tested the effects of Cordyceps on mice that developed leukopenia after radiation and treatments with Taxol, a common chemotherapy drug (Show Study2).
Interestingly, Cordyceps reversed the leukopenia. These results suggest the fungi may help reduce complications associated with some cancer treatments.
Cordyceps contain a special type of sugar that may help treat diabetes.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body either does not produce or respond to the hormone insulin, which normally transports the sugar glucose into your cells for energy.
When your body does not produce enough insulin or respond well to it, glucose cannot enter the cells, so it stays in the blood. Over time, having too much glucose in the blood can cause serious health problems.
Therefore, it’s important for people with diabetes to make sure their blood sugar levels are well controlled.
Interestingly, Cordyceps may keep blood sugar levels within a healthy range by mimicking the action of insulin.
Some evidence suggests that they may also protect against kidney disease, a common complication of diabetes.
In a review of 22 studies including 1,746 people with chronic kidney disease, those who took Cordyceps supplements experienced improved kidney function (Show Study4).
As research emerges on the effects of Cordyceps on heart health, the benefits of the fungi are becoming increasingly apparent.
In fact, Cordyceps are approved in China for the treatment of arrhythmia, a condition in which the heartbeat is too slow, too fast or irregular (Show Study1).
A study found that Cordyceps significantly reduced heart injuries in rats with chronic kidney disease. Injuries to the heart from chronic kidney disease are thought to increase the risk of heart failure, so reducing these injuries may help avoid this outcome (Show Study2).
The researchers attributed these findings to the adenosine content of Cordyceps. Adenosine is a naturally occurring compound that has heart-protective effects (Show Study3).
Cordyceps may also have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels.
LDL can raise your risk of heart disease by leading to the buildup of cholesterol in your arteries.
Similarly, Cordyceps have been shown to decrease triglyceride levels in mice (Show Study6).
Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. High levels are linked to a greater risk of heart disease (Show Study7).
Cordyceps is said to help fight inflammation in the body.
Although some inflammation is good, too much can lead to diseases like heart disease and cancer.
Thanks to these potential effects, researchers believe Cordyceps may serve as a useful anti-inflammatory supplement or drug (Show Study5).
In fact, Cordyceps have been shown to reduce inflammation in the airways of mice, making them a potential therapy for asthma. However, the fungi appear to be less effective than commonly prescribed drugs used to provide relief for inflamed areas of the body (Show Study6).
Cordyceps may also have topical uses. One study found it reduced skin inflammation when applied topically in mice, further demonstrating its anti-inflammatory properties (Show Study7).
Cordyceps are considered a time-honored superfood that first originated in Traditional Chinese Medicine at least 5,000 years ago. Their medicinal uses were described in old Chinese medical books, and traditional holistic healers have been using them to cure dozens of diseases without the use of chemical medications for generations. Local folk healers were said to use cordyceps extract either alone or in combination with other TCM herbal treatments to fight more than 20 different ailments, ranging from bronchitis to heart disease.
For example, it has long been used to support reproductive and sexual function, enhance libido, and maintain sexual and cognitive health, especially in older decades of life as a remedy for fatigue, asthenia, or following a long illness.
Traditional uses also include the treatment and prevention of cancer and infections (e.g., leukemia), chronic allergic and inflammatory diseases of the lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, and heart, and protection against their long-term sequelae through balancing blood sugar (e.g., diabetes), lipids, and inflammatory processes (e.g. vasculitis).
For all of these traditional indications, cordyceps extract is often classified as an adaptogen, an agent capable of improving resistance to physical, chemical, and nervous stressors in numerous non-specific and tonifying ways, and has become popular in the last several decades for improving stamina and athletic performance after Chinese track and field athletes broke several world records reportedly using the fungi as non-steroidal supplement.
In addition, cordyceps and other medicinal plants have long been used in Chinese, Christian and Hindu religious ceremonies and are believed to be linked to longevity and immortality. In Ayurvedic medicine, for example, mushrooms are said to be beneficial for enhancing “vigor and vitality.”(Show Study
Traditional healers in Sikkim recommended medicinal mushrooms, including cordyceps, “for all illnesses as a tonic, because they claimed that it improved energy, appetite, stamina, libido, endurance, and sleeping patterns.” (source)