Cordyceps is a mushroom (technically an Ascomycetes fungus) that grows in the high altitudes of the Tibetan Plateau. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years to promote overall good health and to increase energy and endurance. The earliest written record of the healing effects of Cordyceps is in 620 AD during the Tang Dynasty.

Because of its remote local, short growing season and difficulty in harvesting, it has always been an expensive herb. In ancient China its high price relegated it almost exclusively to the Emperor, his court and Chinese nobility. Despite its high cost and rarity the litany of medicinal possibilities for Cordyceps has made it a valued stable of traditional Chinese medicine.

Modern herbalists classify Cordyceps as an adaptogen – a natural herb product that increases the body’s resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue. It has been recommended to:

· Increase energy, endurance and stamina
· Battle weakness and fatigue
· Increase oxygen capacity
· Boost the immune system
· Improve libido

Cordyceps first received publicity in the West with the performance of the Chinese Women’s Track Team in Stuttgart Germany in 1993. Two little known runners who had been using Cordyceps beat the world records for the 1,500, 3,000 and 10,000 meters.

Wild Cordyceps traditionally has been both rare and expensive. However, wild Cordyceps are not always processed in a safe manner, which can introduce impurities. On the other hand most cultivated Cordyceps, which is grown at substantially lower altitudes, have proven to be safer but much less effective.

The Cordyceps in Yoga Fuel™ is cultivated using modern American biotechnology. It is 5 times more potent than wild Cordyceps. It is derived from the Tibetan strain and grown in environments that exactly replicate the natural growing conditions on the 18,000 foot Tibetan Plateau (50% the oxygen and temperatures just above freezing). It is DNA certified authentic, USDA certified organic and vegetarian.

The Cordyceps in Yoga Fuel give you the stamina you need to energize your practice.

For additional information see “What is Cordyceps?



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