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Cordyceps Vegan Capsules BIO

Cordyceps Vegan Capsules BIO

  • 100% vegetarian and vegan
  • Contains the active ingredients of both the mycelia and mushrooms
  • Grown by a nursery in one of the cleanest areas in the United States
Cordyceps Vegan Capsules BIO – 60
Cordyceps Vegan Capsules BIO – 180

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Kala Health Cordyceps consists of vegetable capsules containing 800 mg of the original Cordyceps sinensis mushroom, grown in a sterile environment on an organically certified farm in one of the cleanest areas of the United States.

The mushroom is grown on a soil consisting of organic, whole-grain rice. The valuable nutrients in this organic rice are absorbed by the mushroom. The crop is harvested as soon as the mycelia (fungal threads) have overgrown the rice and the first fruiting bodies (mushrooms) develop. After drying and grinding, the powder is shipped and encapsulated.

The combination of mycelia (fungal threads) and young fruiting bodies (mushrooms) guarantees the presence of all valuable substances in Kala Health Cordyceps.

  • Cordyceps sinensis freeze-dried powder
  • 100% organically cultivated
  • 100% vegetarian and vegan
  • Contains the active ingredients of both the mycelia and mushrooms
  • Grown by a nursery in one of the cleanest areas in the United States


Each capsule contains:
Cordyceps Cordyceps sinensis 800mg –

Other Ingredients: Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (vegetarian capsule).

Recommended dosage:

Adults: Take 1-2 capsules twice daily with plenty of water, or as recommended.
Cordyceps Kala Health
Photo: The fruiting body of the fungus Cordyceps sinensis grows from the back of the head of a mummified caterpillar of the family Hepialidae (root borers)

“Cordyceps” is a common name for a mushroom called Cordyceps sinensis. For thousands of years, Cordyceps was known as a mysterious organism, capable of alternately taking the form of an animal worm and vegetable grass. The Chinese therefore called it “dong chong xia cao”, or “winter worm, summer grass”. Today we know that it is in fact not a single organism, but a complicated, parasitic relationship between two organisms: a caterpillar and a fungus.

Cordyceps sinensis is a rare mushroom, found mainly at an altitude of 3000 – 5000 metres in moist Himalayan highland meadows and other mountain ranges in Tibet and China. Cordyceps sinensis’ main host is a caterpillar belonging to the family Hepialidae (Root Borers), a group of moths whose caterpillars feed underground on the roots of various plants. Cordyceps sinensis parasitizes the caterpillars by infiltrating them as spores and then eating them from the inside. What remains is the mummified exterior of the caterpillar, completely filled with fungal threads (“winterworm”). During the summer months, the mushroom’s fruiting body grows from the back of the mummy’s head and emerges from the soil. This mushroom is slender and finger-shaped, without a cap (“summer grass”). The scientific name “Cordyceps” (literally: swollen head) refers directly to the growth habit of the mushroom as it emerges from the caterpillar mummy.

If all this sounds disturbing, don’t worry: Kala Health Cordyceps consists entirely of fungal carriers, grown on organic rice. The caterpillar is no longer involved.

The importance of organic cultivation: SKAL certified
Because mushrooms reflect the environment in which they grow, their quality is of the utmost importance. Mushrooms are capable of absorbing and converting almost all substances from the soil, both valuable and potentially harmful ones. Mushrooms that grow in a polluted environment can therefore absorb dangerous soil contaminants. This is why Kala Health does not use wild mushrooms from uncontrollable areas in uncontrollable countries.

Kala Health Cordyceps instead comes from a nursery in one of the cleanest areas in the northwestern United States. Cultivation takes place on a nutrient medium of organic rice, under completely sterile conditions. Valuable nutrients in the organic rice are absorbed by the mushrooms. The crop is harvested as soon as the mycelium (fungal threads) have overgrown the rice. After drying and grinding, the powder is shipped to and encapsulated by Kala Health.

The nursery is certified Organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, and Kosher certified by the Union of Orthodox Congregations of America. The mushrooms are guaranteed to be free of heavy metals, pesticides, chemical residue and bacteria. To ensure this, crops are regularly analyzed by an independent laboratory. For the EU, the Kala Health Cordyceps product has been awarded the SKAL Organic certificate.


Ingredients: Cordyceps* (Cordyceps sinensis), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (vegetarian capsule).

*of biological origin

Does not contain soy, lactose, yeast, sugar, starch, gluten or conservatives, nor artificial fragrances, colourings and flavourings. This product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

This product is a dietary supplement (mushroom mycelium).

Storage: Dry, sealed and at room temperature, out of reach of children

Obligatory disclaimer: A dietary supplement is not a substitute for a varied diet. A varied, balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are important.

Consult an expert before taking supplements in case of pregnancy, lactation, medication use and illness.

Background information

The main active ingredients

Cordyceps sinensis is a mushroom that has been known in the East for centuries, and which has been the subject of much scientific research. It has been proven to contain many hundreds of substances, some of which are well-known, such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The protein content in mushrooms usually varies between 10 – 40% dry weight. What is special is that ALL essential amino acids and almost all non-essential amino acids are present, as well as almost all vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Vitamin B2 content usually varies between 1.8-5.1 mg/100 g dw, and that of vitamin B3 and folic acid sits between 31-65 resp. 0.36-0.64mg/100g dw (1).

These ingredients alone make Cordyceps sinensis a particularly valuable food source. However, it contains many more biologically active ingredients, and new, promising ingredients are still being isolated. The following is an overview of the ingredients known at present:

  • Proteins, peptides, cyclic dipeptide
  • ALL essential amino acids (!)
  • Most non-essential amino acids
  • Unsaturated fatty acids
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals and trace elements
  • Enzymes (more than 200 known already)
  • Polysaccharides, including beta (1.3), (1.4), (1.6) glucans, hetero-beta-glucans and proteoglycans (protein polysaccharide complexes)
  • Triterpenes (more than 100 known already)
  • Sterols
  • Nucleosides
  • Nucleotides
  • Steroids, including ergosterol (provitamin D2)

Arabinoxylans and glycoproteins
In November 2003, the leading journal International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms published the results of a study concerning the active ingredients in a number of mushroom mycelia (1).

An important note is that the mycelia examined were supplied by the same organic nursery in the United States from which Kala Health obtains its mycelia. As such, the results of this study are directly applicable to Kala Health’s Cordyceps.

Substances in mushroom mycelia that are receiving increasing attention are:

Polysaccharides: (particularly 1,3 en 1,6 beta-glucans): large molecules of compound sugars;
Glycoproteins: combinations of proteins and polysaccharide complexes;
Ergosterol: is converted into provitamin D2 under the influence of sunlight;
Arabinoxylans: formed from arabinose and xylose in whole-grain rice under the influence of mushroom mycelia.
This study shows that Kala Health Cordyceps is a particularly rich source of arabinoxylans, glycoproteins, ergosterol and beta-glucans (1):

TypeArabinoxylansGlycoproteinsErgosterol Beta-glucans

(1): Stamets P. 2003: Potentiation of cell-mediated host defense using fruitbodies and mycelia of medicinal mushrooms. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. Vol. 5: 179-191.

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