Ancient Chinese and Indian medicine dates back hundreds, and often thousands of years. Some of these practices and treatments remain today, which demonstrates there is substantial truth behind what ancient medical practitioners understood generations ago. One such practice used what is known as cordyceps.
We covered many of the health benefits and attributes of cordyceps in a previous blog post, but there are so many other avenues to travel down regarding the fungi, we couldn't just stop at one! So if you've seen or heard about cordyceps coffee, we have all the information and insights you might need, right here.
What Are Cordyceps?
Alright, so we covered this in greater detail in the previous blog post, so we highly recommend you checking that one out for all the major health benefits of the supplement and where it comes from. However, we can give you the quick run down of what cordyceps is.
Cordyceps is a fungi that grows, typically, from insects (especially caterpillars). The spores of the fungi attach to the body of the insect. Eventually, the spores are absorbed into the body of the insect, killing it. The fungus then uses the body as a source of fuel and grows directly out of the body.
Often times spores initially begin to grow out of the head and brain as this has some of the largest protein and fat storage of any other part on the insects body (caterpillars are prime targets because these insects do not have exoskeletons and spend most of the day eating and fattening up before turning into a moth or butterfly).
The fungi will continue to grow upwards in slender, orange like fingers, eventually taking over almost the entire body of its host. The fungi had to be cultivated directly from the source during the original usage of the product, but now, as many spores are easily reproduced, the vast majority of cordyceps is grown in a lab instead of plucked from a dead bug. So fret not. The cordyceps coffee you drink has nothing to do with the brain of an ant. You're in the clear there.
What is Cordyceps Coffee?
The name of the product really is what it is. It's basically coffee that comes with cordyceps. The cordyceps is processed down into usually a powder, although it can be converted into other delivery methods. It is then combined with coffee. Think of it as a flavored roast, only with natural fungi instead of artificial flavors.
Generally, when you purchase the coffee, you will not find it in bean form. So if you're a whole bean kind of person you'll either need to find a different delivery method or just suck it up and go with the grounds (this doesn't need to be the only kind of coffee you have on hand).
When you purchase the product, it comes in either a large bag, similar to the ground coffee bags you buy at the store, or it will come in individual packages. The individual package delivery method is the more common of the two. This helps give you an exact measurement for the beverage so you can accurately monitor the amount of cordyceps you are consuming.
It also is basically an instant coffee like product. It dissolves into your cup of hot water instead of requiring a coffee filter and other setup. There are a handful of variations to this so you may still find filter based cordyceps coffee grounds, but this can make it a bit of a challenge to know exactly how much of the cordyceps extract you're consuming.
What Are the Health Benefits of Cordyceps Coffee?
If you want a longer overview of the health benefits and some key perks of using cordyceps, make sure to check out our previous blog post. However, there are some other, subtle health benefits we want to cover here. If you drink a cup or so of this coffee a day, chances are you'll receive a much lower dose than what you would when taking the full supplement (most dosage for a single cup of coffee is 500 MG while a single supplement might be around 1500 or 2000 MG).
So let's look at some of the smaller benefits of what this coffee has to offer (outside of the caffeine, of course).
The product is excellent for treating problems in relation to how you breathe. This includes improving coughing, if you suffer from chronic bronchitis or other respiratory conditions. It also helps with other sinus issues, including dizziness and ringing in the ears. If you find you become dizzy easily it usually is because there is a problem within your ear canal. The ears might not be draining properly or you might have a few other issues related to it.
However, by clearing out your ears, you will improve your dizziness and it will also help with the ear ringing. If you suffer from motion sickness this can help as well. Motion sickness, much like dizziness, has to do with plugged ears and not being able to maintain your equilibrium.
Beyond this, consuming the coffee can help with a host of immune system issues. In fact, it will go a long way in strengthening your immune system while boosting your athletic performance. We like to drink a cup of coffee on our way to the gym (without cream or sugar though). The added caffeine is great for focus and improving performance. With the addition of cordyceps though, it helps improve blood flow, which in turn will help make your workout that much better.
If you currently suffer from hepatitis B, you can improve your liver function with the beverage and, in some cases, there is a connection with reversing aging effects and the product.
So, if you've been looking for a way to turn back the clock and just weren't really sure what to look for, why not consider having a cup of cordyceps coffee in the morning. You might be surprised as to exactly what it can do for you and your body.
This morning cup of coffee is also going to help give you additional energy to make it through the rest of the day. As you are able to fight off fatigue you will improve your level of stamina, which in turn will boost your overall productivity throughout the rest of the day. All of this potentially comes from the addition of a cordyceps coffee.
How Does it Improve Your Immune System and Reverse Aging?
Now, we're not saying this little fungi is the fountain of youth. However, it can help reveres the sides of aging and improve your immune system. Cordyceps help boost the immune system by stimulating cells and by giving cells an additional energy source to work off of. This allows the immune system to work harder (it also allows you to improve your workout as your cells now have more energy).
By improving your blood cells you are able to improve just about everywhere else in your body. This is because your blood cells are able to deliver more nutrients and oxygen throughout the rest of the body, all of which is needed. So beyond your immune system, your entire body will reap the benefits of this kind of an addition to your diet.
Where Do You Buy Cordyceps Coffee?
You'd be surprised as to where you can find this. Now, you can probably find it at your local health food stores. You can probably also find it at one of the local Asian shopping centers as well. However, there's a chance you find the coffee offered at larger chain stores as well. You might see it referred to as "mushroom coffee" at times. The cord "cordyceps" is not always understood and many people don't know what they're getting into if they buy something with the cordyceps labeling, which is why companies go with the mushroom coffee label.
Of course, you can also buy the product online. It is available in many variations so purchasing the product over the Internet is relatively easy.
What to Look For When Buying?
When comparing different kinds of cordyceps coffee, the main thing to consider is the dosage. The packaging will detail the dosage amount with regards to every cup of coffee (which is another reason why most of the coffee comes in individual packages). Most of the coffee you find will contain 500 MG of cordyceps per cup. Of course, if you're someone who enjoys a few cups of coffee a day, this might go up to a thousand or two.
What Dosage Is Right?
This really is the big question and it is a bit challenging to answer. As the FDA doesn't have extensive testing on humans with regards to cordyceps, knowing the exact amount is a bit difficult to determine. However, body weight and age do have underlying factors in how it affects the body.
The larger a person, they more they can consume. Additionally, young children and senior citizens do not need as much as someone who is middle aged and can consume larger amounts.
It is important to always talk it over with your doctor and to follow dosage recommendations on the label. Even though cordyceps are natural ingredients it is possible to overdo it. So just be careful with it. You might find it better off to start off with one, or even half a cup of coffee per day to see how your body reacts. There are no real known side effects, unless you have an allergy to mushrooms, but other than that, there really aren't any extreme conditions that can develop.
Who Shouldn't Drink Cordyceps Coffee?
Now, even though there is not extensive research done by the FDA in regards to cordyceps, nor is there much in the way of knowledge on side effects, there are a handful of people who shouldn't drink the beverage.
For starters, if you are pregnant or breast feeding you should not consume the beverage. For starters, it has caffeine in it and this is something you need to cut out of your system anyway.
Second, as there are no studies connecting cordyceps and pregnancy, it is best to simply avoid mixing the two at all. It is always best to air on the side of caution when it comes to pregnancies and to avoid using such an object.
In some instances, taking cordyceps can help with organ transplants in helping the body accept the transplant rather than reject it. However, it is always important to consult with your doctor with regards to what you're taking. This is because using cordyceps has the possibility of increasing the risk of bleeding during surgery. Many doctors will tell you to stop taking anything with cordyceps in it, including the coffee, at least two weeks before surgery.
You may also find that your blood does not clot as fast when you are using the cordyceps. If you already have a bleeding disorder you should avoid consuming the coffee as it may lead to further complications associated with your medical condition.
There are all sorts of ways to get your cordyceps fix. With the assortment of major health benefits, it is a great way to help safeguard your body, improve your immune system, boost gym performance and help kickstart that libido.
As it is a natural ingredient that has been in use for hundreds, if not thousands of years, there is plenty of historical significant and research backing up the usage of the supplement.
So why not have it added into your coffee? If you're already drinking the coffee during the day, why not take your morning wakeup call and use it to safeguard your body as well?
All you need to do is pick yourself up some cordyceps coffee and test it out.