Cordyceps is a fungus which grows from the spores fallen on caterpillars inside the soil which give rise to mushroom like body of fungus with stalk and head. As wild variety of this mushroom or fungus is rarely found so it is very expensive and difficult to afford. The world’s most expensive mushroom, prominently talked about in the mushroom category and regarded as the top mushroom with extraordinary properties is used as pre-workout supplement. It can be considered as one of the top super foods.
The history of Cordyceps dates back to 1993 during the Chinese national games in Beijing. It became popular when a Chinese athlete Wang Junxia consumed Cordyceps as the source of tonic and made a world record in 10,000 meter race in just 42 seconds. No other athlete in the past 23 years could beat her record. But later many athletes who also took Cordyceps as a tonic failed to give desired results. Hence this raised a big question on the efficiency of Cordyceps – whether it really helps in boosting the energy and stamina levels in athletes.
You’ll be surprised to know that the species of Cordyceps or the supplements we are consuming are not actually the wild Cordyceps Sinensis but the commercial form grown invitro. The cost of wild Cordyceps is around $20,000 per kilogram which is quite high and makes it the most expensive mushroom all over the world.
It began in 1980s when the Cordyceps were in high demand in market and gaining popularity but due to the lag in the production of wild variety, the spores were developed artificially by some scientists to meet the commercial market demand. It was then when the birth of Cordyceps Cs 4 took place, the Chinese version of wild Cordyceps which is artificially grown in fermenters giving rise to the Cordyceps which we consume in 99% of Cordycep supplements we are consuming today.
So, next when you look Cordyceps sinensis on the bottle of your supplement, be assured that it is the Chinese version of Cordyceps, ‘Cordyceps Cs 4’ and not that high priced wild relative which is just an ancestor of the Cordyceps family.