Wolfiporia extensa, also known as Wolfiporia cocos, Poria, and Poria cocos, is a fungus in the family Polyporaceae. It is a wood-decay fungus but has a terrestrial growth habit. Wolfiporia extensa is well known for its large sclerotium, which is a large mass of Wolfiporia mycelium that looks like a coconut. Traditional Chinese practices has utilitzed the scerotium of Poria cocos for thousands of years.

There were several Wolfiporia cocos mushroom uses in Traditional Chinese practices. Poria cocos is arguably one of the most commonly used mushrooms in Traditional Chinese practices. Anecdotal evidence suggests Poria cocos mushroom promotes respiratory, digestive, cellular, and organ health. Some believe that Poria cocos carries compounds that promote cognitive function as well.

Wolfiporia extensa is a source of a triterpenoid compound known as pachymic acid. Pachymic acid has been the object of scientific study based upon the mushroom’s role in traditional Chinese usage. Pachymic acid has shown promise in supporting healthy cellular function. Modern science additionally found Poria cocos mushroom to be rich in beta glucans and triterpenoids, a class of compounds that may help promote healthy levels of oxidation. The popularity in Traditional Chinese practices has spurred research into investigating more Poria mushroom benefits. Small scale studies were able to see correlation with wolfiporia extensa supplementation and these Poria benefits. Some results were convincing enough to warrant further advanced research.

Source: Nootropics Depot

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