Cordyceps Mushroom Powder became well-known in 1993 when 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.
There are two types of cordyceps mushrooms available:
Cordyceps Mycelia powder (a brown powder) and Cordyceps Militaris powder (a yellow/orange powder).