Cordyceps Mushroom Powder

In 1993 Chinese women distance runners won six of nine medals at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany in the 1,500, 3,000 and 10,000 meter races. They were suspected of steroid use and were tested. The results were negative.  According to their coach, Ma Junren, they had been running 25 miles a day and had been using cordyceps mushrooms.

Mike Brown jokingly refers to these as “biceps mushrooms.”

Here are some examples of what cordyceps mushrooms did for people we used as “guinea pigs.”

A man, age 35, told us that after taking the cordyceps mushrooms he actually felt like getting up in the morning for the first time in years. This same man was usually huffing and puffing after 20 reps in the squat. After taking the cordyceps mushrooms for several weeks, he finished doing 20 reps with 270. His two training partners told him, “You’re not even breathing hard!” They insisted he put 315 on the bar. With that weight he could do 20 more reps.

A woman, age 37, who is a marathon runner, cut 2 minutes off her usual 50-minute morning run.

A woman, age 54, found doing full extension leg lifts with 20 reps and assisted chin ups using her usual setting much easier.

A man in his late twenties was running out of steam halfway through an adventure race in the Ozark mountains (hills to those out west). At a rest stop he asked one of his teammates if he could use some of her Argentine beef liver powder and she told him to help himself to it in her backpack. He accidentally consumed cordyceps mushroom powder instead (it looked like Argentine beef liver powder to him).  The rest of the race was a breeze and he had his best time ever.  Later he found out about the mix-up and was impressed.  He told us about it later and we had a good laugh about it.

Not just any mushroom is going to have this effect. There are 80,000 known species of mushrooms. That is only 5% of what is actually out there.  If you would like to try cordyceps mushroom for your training program, you can order below.

How to take powdered cordyceps mushroom extract: Once a day put one teaspoon in a glass. Add a small amount of water (enough to moisten the powder). Then add juice or other liquid to drink with the mushroom mixture.

Cordyceps Mycelia Powder
(brown powder)


Cordyceps Militaris Powder
(yellow/orange powder)


Excerpt from Dr. Earl Mindell’s Russian Energy Secret, pp. 21-22, on Cordyceps Mushrooms:

Cordyceps is particularly protective of the kidneys and is an effective treatment for renal disease. The herb exhibits protective effects against aminogylcoside nephrotoxicity in geriatric patients and protects against cyclosporine A-induced nephrotoxicity in rats. Cordyceps has been shown to increase hemoglobin and stimulation of reticulocytes in the blood count and also decrease blood urea nitrogen (BUN). It is antiasthmatic, assists smooth muscle relaxation and can potentiate the effects of epinephrine (Huang).

The main activities of cordyceps mushrooms include the following:

Oxygen-free radical scavenger
Antisenescent (retards the aging process)
Endocrine modulator
Hypolipidemic (cholesterol lowering)
Restorer of sexual function and replenisher of sperm
Renal, hepatic, respiratory, nervous system and cardiovascular tonic
Stress reducer
Promoter of endurance, vigor and energy; enhanced training and performance in athletic competition

Excerpt from Earl Mindell’s Peak Performance Bible, pp. 61-62, on Cordyceps Mushrooms:

Cordyceps (short for Cordyceps sinensis) is a rare Chinese mushroom that grows naturally on certain species of caterpillars.  Fortunately, the cordyceps that are used today are cultivated through fermentation–that means, without caterpillars!  For thousands of years, cordyceps have been used by Chinese healers as tonic for sexual vigor and overall vitality.  It makes sense that cordyceps would be an effective aphrodisiac.  Similar to ginkgo and other sex-enhancing herbs, cordyceps increases arterial blood flow, which sends more blood flowing to the pelvic area.

According to Chinese studies, cordyceps can also improve athletic performance.  A recent double-blind crossover study performed at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota confirms that, when combined with other tonic herbs, including Asian ginseng, enoki mushroom, green tangerine peel, reishi mushroom, and Siberian ginseng, cordyceps can speed recovery in athletes. . . .

In the study, twelve well-trained college athletes were either given a placebo or 950 mg. of the combination herbal formula for five weeks.  At the end of the five weeks, the athletes cycled intensely for twenty minutes, rested for twelve minutes, then completed cycling.  There was little difference in performance between the two groups, although those who took the herbs finished slightly faster than the placebo group.

The real difference, however, was in the accumulation of lactic acid post-exercise.  Those who took the herbs had significantly less lactic-acid build up.  As many of you know, lactic acid is a byproduct of glucose that builds up in muscles during anaerobic exercise (high-intensity exercise like weight-lifting or sprinting).Lactic acid buildup is what makes muscles sore after a hard workout.  From this study, it’s reasonable to assume that cordyceps may help speed recover after intense exercise. Given its long-standing reputation as a tonic herb, it may also help relieve fatigue.

Possible Benefits
Reduces lactic acid buildup in muscles.  May enhance energy and stamina.

More on Cordyceps Mushrooms

Excerpt from The fruiting body and its caterpillar host of Cordyceps sinensis show close resemblance in main constituents and anti-oxidation activity, Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy & Phytopharmacology, May 1, 2002, T S.P. Li, Z.R. Su, T.T.X. Dong, and K.W.K. Tsim:

Cordyceps, one of the most valued traditional Chinese medicines, is used commonly for the replenishment of body health.

It is used commonly in China to replenish the kidney and soothe the lung, for the treatment of fatigue, night sweating, hyposexualities, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, asthenia after severe illness, respiratory disease, renal dysfunction and renal failure, arrhythmias and other heart disease, and liver disease (Zhu et al., 1998). Recent studies have demonstrated its multiple pharmacological actions-such as anti-oxidation activity (Yamaguchi et al., 2000a; 2000b; Li et al., 2001b), potentiating the immune system (Liu et al., 1992; Xu et al., 1992) and anti-tumor activities (Ohmori et al., 1986; Yoshida et al., 1989; Chen et al., 1997).