Originally a very rare mushroom found growing out of caterpillars in the Tibetan Plateau.
Thankfully - for both it's native habitat and us - sophisticated Chinese biotechnology isolated a strain of the mycelium in 1982, now known as CS-4.
Oriveda Cordyceps C+
120 vegetable capsules @ 450 mg
(will cover 2 months)
A detailed leaflet is included with each order
• C. sinensis (67%)
• C. militaris (33%)
> 1.20 % Cordycepin
> 0.50 % Adenosine
> 35.0 % Beta-glucan
> 1.50 % Polyphenols
- hot water extract -
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Quality & safety standards
Produced in compliance with the following quality standards :
ISO 9001:2008, ISO 22000:2005, HACCP, cGMP
Halal, Koosjer, USDA organic (EcoCert)
The compound in Cordyceps that is mainly responsible for these properties is cordycepin (3’-deoxyadenosine), a nucleoside. Research has investigated cordycepin and its potential effects in depth - this includes immunomodulatory, anti-cancer, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and the anti-microbial potential of cordycepin. It is also included in HIV-research.
The chemical structure of Cordycepin is very similar to ATP (Adenosine-Tri-Phosphate) and pure adenosine (which is also present in Cordyceps). ATP is the most important energy provider in our body; it must be present for muscles to contract. To be blunt: no ATP means no heartbeat!
Among the most significant known effects of ATP are increased blood flow and vasodilation; increasing the ability to absorb oxygen in the blood stream via the lungs. This results in more energy and vitality.
The production of ATP in the body decreases with age, and research showed that supplementation with synthetic ATP has no effect. Now this is where it gets interesting; recent research papers confirm the old folklore that Cordyceps improves vitality. Put in scientific terminology: it enhances cellular energy in the form of ATP. A side effect is that it also appears to improve libido in both men and women.
Cordyceps supplementation with a high level of cordycepin will help to restore and maintain vitality and increase physical endurance. For the elderly and athletes taking such a supplement is worth considering.
The CS-4 mycelium strain of Cordyceps sinensis is the most researched form (over 98% of all research) and was found to be the most potent and effective strain (therapeutically speaking), even out-classing wild natural Cordyceps in terms of the presence of nucleosides such as adenosine.
Although cordycepin is present in Cordyceps sinensis CS-4 the quantities are very low (± 0.1 % at best). In Cordyceps militaris, a related species the level of cordycepin is much higher, but only in fruiting bodies.
In Cordyceps militaris the cordycepin nucleoside has been the main subject of research in the past decades. It is an important bioactive compound and a marker for Cordyceps militaris's quality.
Oriveda C+ is a combination of 66.6 % Cordyceps CS-4 mycelium extract and 33.4% Cordyceps militaris (CM) fruiting body extract. The level of cordycepin is > 1%, making it the most potent Cordyceps extract currently on the market, outclassing the best of the rest at least 3 times. We have third party lab tests to prove this claim.
Summarizing: Cordyceps C+ combines a premium CS-4 mycelium extract with a premium Cordyceps militaris fruiting body extract. The outcome is a blend that includes the best of both worlds. It is also the first of its kind that is optimised for Cordyceps-specific compounds instead of the usual polysaccharides or beta-glucans.
When compared against run-of-the-mill Cordyceps products the revitalising and libido-enhancing potential has improved in particular, together with the kidney- and lung-protective properties.
Healthy Cholesterol Levels
Promotes Healthy Lung Function
Cordyceps for Immune boost (based on beta glucans)
If you buy a Cordyceps supplement because it lists a high level of beta-glucans (or polysaccharides) you are not spending your money wisely as there are other medicinal mushrooms with a higher content of beta-glucans. A premium Cordyceps supplement should specify Cordyceps-specific marker compounds. A Cordyceps supplement with a high level of glucans will be low on the Cordyceps-specific, really interesting compounds… they cannot co-exist in the same supplement in high levels.
In Cordyceps C+ the emphasis is on exactly those compounds that are unique for Cordyceps; cordycepin, adenosine and several other nucleosides. Not on beta-glucan; for beta-glucan (immune support) Oriveda has developed a dedicated product, the CCCE® beta-glucan formula, which includes 25% of Cordyceps.
Safety & side effects
People using blood thinners and/or anti-thrombotic medication should be aware that Cordyceps C+ contains some adenosine. Adenosine has a blood thinning effect, and the combination with this type of medication might cause unpredictable effects.
Do not combine Cordyceps with caffeine-containing drinks. Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor and blocks adenosine receptors. It will neutralise some of the most striking properties of Cordyceps. You will have wasted your money then.
CORDYCEPS RESEARCH ARTICLES
"Cordycepin is known for various nutraceutical and therapeutic potential, such as anti-diabetic, anti-hyperlipidemia, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, antioxidant, anti-aging, anticancer, antiviral, hepato-protective, hypo-sexuality, cardiovascular diseases, antimalarial, anti-osteoporotic, anti-arthritic, cosmeceutical etc. which makes it a most valuable medicinal mushroom for helping in maintaining good health." (2020) Cordycepin for Health and Wellbeing: A Potent Bioactive Metabolite of an Entomopathogenic Medicinal Fungus Cordyceps with Its Nutraceutical and Therapeutic Potential
"...our results suggest that Cs-4 has the potential to alleviate immune hypersensitivity reactions in allergic rhinitis and asthma." (2020) Anti-Inflammatory Effects of a Cordyceps sinensis Mycelium Culture Extract (Cs-4) on Rodent Models of Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma
"Recently, an increasing number of studies have demonstrated the potential of Cordyceps as a therapeutic agent for the effective treatment of metabolic-related disorders by exerting a variety of activities, including but not limited to anti-inflammatory, immunoregulatory, hypoglycemic, renoprotective and cardiovascular-protective effects." (2020) The potential application of Cordyceps in metabolic-related disorders
"...show immunomodulatory, antioxidant, antitumor, cytotoxic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antidiabetic, analgesic, anti-HIV, antibacterial, antimalarial and antifungal activities." (2018) The genus Cordyceps: An extensive review of its traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacology
"In conclusion, the present study demonstrated that C. sinensis attenuated airway remodeling in rats with COPD by inhibiting airway inflammation and the TGF-β1/Smad signaling pathway. These findings suggest C. sinensis may be a useful approach for COPD therapy." (2018) Cordyceps sinensis inhibits airway remodeling in rats with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
"...Cordyceps sinensis improved the HR-QOL, asthma symptoms, lung function, and inflammatory profile of the patients with moderate-to-severe asthma." (2016) Herbal Medicine Cordyceps sinensis Improves Health-Related Quality of Life in Moderate-to-Severe Asthma
"Cordyceos Sinensis may modulate the chemotaxis of Th22 cells to suppress inflammatory responses in IgA nephropathy. " (2018) Cordyceps sinensis may inhibit Th22 cell chemotaxis to improve kidney function in lgA nephropathy
"Current evidence shows that cordyceps as an adjuvant to routine immunosuppressant therapy may benefit kidney transplant patient."
(2016) Efficacy of Cordyceps sinensis as an adjunctive treatment in kidney transplant patients: A systematic-review and meta-analysis
"C. sinensis not only possesses preventive but also therapeutic potentials in the treatment of lung fibrosis, and that one of its active ingredient, cordycepin, can partially reverse TGF-β1-induced epithelial–mesenchymal transition in A549 alveolar epithelial cells. " (2012) Protective roles of Cordyceps on lung fibrosis in cellular and rat models
The results suggested that Cordyceps sinensis and Cordyceps militaris extracts may affect the anion movement from the basolateral to apical compartments in the airway epithelia. (2008) Effects of Cordyceps sinensis, Cordyceps militaris and their isolated compounds on ion transport in Calu-3 human airway epithelial cells