Why Cordyceps is the PERFECT Pre-workout?

Cordyceps has been said to improve physical performance as well as increase energy levels. It provides vitality throughout the day and boosts endurance during a workout. The best part of it all? Its 100% from mother nature.

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Cordyceps is renowned for its capacity to boost energy levels, making it an ideal supplement for morning consumption to ensure sustained energy throughout the day. Additionally, its use prior to physical exercise can significantly enhance endurance and performance, thereby optimizing workout results.

Energy & Performance

Cordyceps, commonly referred to as the "energy mushroom," contains a significant bioactive constituent known as Cordycepin. This compound is believed to potentially influence cellular energy metabolism, affecting the synthesis and utilization of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP, an essential organic compound, serves as a pivotal source of energy, facilitating and sustaining numerous vital processes within living cells. Consequently, this may lead to enhanced strength and power, as well as an improved overall body composition.

Balance

Cordyceps are rich in beta-glucans, which are considered the most crucial polysaccharides present in functional mushrooms. Beta-glucans are frequently recognized for their potential in balancing and bolstering immune function.

What is the History?

Cordyceps trace their roots back to traditional Tibetan and Chinese practices, with various forms having been utilized in Chinese medicine for over 1,500 years. These fungi were first documented in ancient Chinese medical texts dating as far back as the 15th century. Traditionally, Cordyceps were primarily employed in the treatment of various ailments and in addressing low libido. This historical use underscores the long-standing recognition of their medicinal properties.

Navigating the realm of mushroom extracts can often be a daunting experience. Imagine walking into a health store and being greeted by an extensive array of options, spanning different brands and forms. The sheer variety can make it challenging to discern which product to choose, or even to understand the key attributes that set one mushroom apart from another.

Furthermore, it might come as a surprise to learn that not all functional mushroom extracts are created equal, leading to significant variations in potency.

In our blog, we delve into the critical aspects to consider when selecting the right mushroom extract. Our aim is to provide comprehensive guidance, ensuring that you make a well-informed decision for your health and well-being.


Contrary to what the name might imply, DIRTEA mushrooms stand out as the epitome of cleanliness, purity, and potency. Rest assured, there is nothing unpleasant or 'dirty' in your mushroom extract.

This is precisely why our products adhere to the highest quality standards.

1. RESEARCH YOUR FUNCTIONAL MUSHROOM SPECIES 

Understanding your reason for searching for the right mushroom extract is key. Before delving into the world of mushroom extracts, clearly define your wellness objectives.

Most functional mushrooms contain high amounts of the same vitamins and minerals, but they also offer diverse health benefits, and each species has its unique set of properties. Our mushrooms include:

Reishi is mainly known for supporting immune health and for its calming effects, which may promote better sleep

Lion’s Mane is recognised for its potential brain-boosting properties and possibility to enhance focus

Chaga is believed to provide a natural boost of energy and support immunity due to the vast amounts of antioxidants it contains

Cordyceps is often used for energy improvement and exercise performance

Tremella is known for its ability to hydrate the skin, and encourage the natural production of collagen

2. CONSIDER THE EXTRACTION PROCESS

The extraction process of functional mushrooms is crucial in order to unearth the real benefits hidden inside. Our bodies cannot break down and absorb all nutrients from mushrooms that are raw or cooked.(1) Common methods of extraction include hot water extraction, alcohol extraction, and dual extraction. At DIRTEA, we use a dual extraction process, which combines both hot water and alcohol extraction. It is preferred as it captures a broad spectrum of beneficial compounds from the mushrooms.

3. CHECK WHETHER IT IS 100% FRUITING BODY OF A MUSHROOM 

The fruiting body of a functional mushroom contains the highest level of beneficial compounds. As functional mushrooms are expensive to grow and cultivate, many brands opt for using parts of the mycelium along with some of the fruiting body. At DIRTEA, our mushrooms are from 100% fruiting bodies. One of the most notable benefits of the fruiting body is that it contains the highest amounts of beta-glucans. Beta-glucans are a type of polysaccharide, a complex sugar found in the cell walls of mushrooms. Beta-glucans are known for their immune-modulating properties.

4. ORGANIC PRODUCE

Like any fruit or vegetable, organic is always preferred. And mushrooms are no exception. If your mushroom is not organic, it may contain contaminants or toxins. Organic mushroom extracts are cultivated without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilisers. An article from The Guardian, explains that organic food has more antioxidant compounds linked to better health than regular food and lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides, according to the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date.(2)

5. WILD HARVESTING WHERE POSSIBLE 

Mushrooms have evolved in their natural habitats, adapting to various environmental conditions. Some proponents believe that this natural resilience translates into a broader spectrum of bioactive compounds, potentially offering more robust health benefits. (3)  More importantly, mushrooms want to be picked at the right time as this helps them spread their spores. When the conditions are right, they will grow and once matured, harvesting can begin. Patience is key. Mushrooms like Chaga, which mature out of birch trees under extreme conditions in cold climates like Siberia, can take anything up to 7 years to mature before they can be harvested.

 

So, as you see, not all mushroom extracts are the same. Choosing the right functional mushroom extract is a pivotal step toward integrating the magic of these fungi into your daily routine. As you embark on this journey, keep these steps in mind to ensure you're selecting a product that aligns with your wellness goals. 

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