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.

Tell me more about DIRTEA Cordyceps

Cordyceps is a unique type of fungus native to the high-altitude regions of Tibet, Nepal, and other parts of the Himalayas.

Cordyceps has gained popularity in recent years for its remarkable health benefits, particularly in the realm of sports performance. In 1993, the remarkable performance of the female running team at the Chinese Olympics raised eyebrows and ignited speculation within the athletic community. Breaking records in events like the 1,500, 3,000, and 10,000 metres, their unprecedented success fuelled both curiosity and suspicion.

It was later revealed that the team had incorporated cordyceps, a traditional Chinese remedy known for its potential performance-enhancing properties, into their training regimen.

This revelation sparked interest in cordyceps as a natural supplement for athletes seeking to optimise their endurance and stamina levels. 

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Energy & Performance

Cordyceps has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Its usage dates back over 2,000 years to the time of the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE).

In TCM, cordyceps was praised for its various health benefits, including its ability to boost energy, improve respiratory function, and enhance vitality. Cordyceps was also used by both men and women for thousands of years to support sexual energy. Below are various ways DIRTEA Cordyceps can be used for a boost in daily activities.

One of the most impressive qualities of cordyceps is its ability to enhance endurance and stamina. Studies have shown that cordyceps supplements can increase energy production and delay the onset of fatigue during prolonged exercise, thanks in part to its active compound cordycepin. A study conducted in 2016 also revealed that after a three-week period of taking Cordyceps Militaris supplements, individuals showed notable enhancements in their ability to endure high-intensity exercise. This finding indicates the possibility of even more significant advantages with prolonged supplementation. (1)

Balance & Support

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.

Training your body can leave your muscles feeling as sore as a Monday morning after a wild weekend. But fear not; luckily, Cordyceps is packed with potent compounds that can give your muscles a boost after your run, helping to reduce damage and speed up healing. Adding some Cordyceps to your pre- and post-race routine could be just the trick to keep soreness at bay and get you back on the road in a flash! (2) 


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Cordyceps is just the beginning. Discover a wide range of benefits from mushrooms with our other ranges.

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

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