From the Vendor: Cordyceps fungus belongs to the Clavicipitaceae family and many Cordyceps mushroom species are used in traditional Tibetan and Chinese practices. Cordyceps militaris is one of the more studied and utilized Cordyceps fungus species. Cordyceps militaris and other related Cordyceps fungus species are classified as endoparasitoid fungi, which means they are basically parasites. However, Cordyceps militaris, the species used for our Cordyceps mushroom extracts, does not need a host to grow and is able to grow on a substrate. In fact, Cordyceps militaris also contains much more Cordycepin than Cordyceps sinensis and other types of Cordyceps fungus, making it the preferred Cordyceps species for a Cordyceps supplement!
Cordyceps militaris mushrooms have a fruiting body that is elongated and finger-like. They can appear individually or they can grow as a cluster. The name ‘Cordyceps’ is derived from the Greek word “kordyle”, which means ‘club’. The Latin stem “ceps” loosely translates to “head”, which describes the Cordyceps fruiting body’s club-like appearance. Some of the first written records of Cordyceps mushroom benefits were from 15th century Tibetan medical texts, where Cordyceps mushrooms were used to enhance many aspects of health, and allowing better adaptation to high altitudes. At the time, Cordyceps mushroom was referred to as Yartsa gunbu, it was later named to Cordyceps sinensis. This species is currently referred to as OphioCordyceps sinensis. Now that we have access to modern research, many of the ancient Tibetan uses, are now being verified by science and many other Cordyceps extract uses have been discovered through modern research too.
Evidence shows that Cordyceps mushroom benefits extend to many areas of health. These areas of health include immune system health, cellular health, cardiovascular health and cognitive health. These Cordyceps benefits can be traced to one of the main bioactives in Cordyceps militaris, a unique compound called cordycepin. Cordyceps militaris in particular, contains a particularly high concentration of cordycepin in comparison to other Cordyceps species. So what Cordyceps health benefits does Cordycepin produce?
Cordyceps Benefits and Uses
May help promote energy
May help support cognitive function
May help promote feelings of well being
May help support immune system health
May help promote cellular function
What is 10:1 Cordyceps Extract?
Contrary to what some believe, 10:1 does not mean that the extract is exactly ten times more potent than the 1:1, but the Cordyceps 10:1 mushroom extract shows more potency in demonstrating cognitive effects than other Cordyceps benefits. However, the 10:1 ratio only signifies the amount of raw material equivalent used in the extract. 10:1 means that it takes 10 pounds of raw Cordyceps powder to make 1 pound of 10:1 Cordyceps powder.
Our 10:1 extract is a water extract, which concentrates water soluble compounds. The Cordyceps mushroom is treated with hot water to break down the chitin, then hot water is used again to extract the water soluble compounds. Cordyceps 10:1 extract contains a much higher concentration of water soluble compounds than the regular 1:1 Cordyceps extract. The main extracted soluble compound is cordycepin, which produces most of the positive brain and energy boosting effects of Cordyceps militaris.
Additionally, Nootropics Depot Cordyceps 10:1 extract will have a higher cordycepin content than the 1:1 since it is a more concentrated extract. Some of the less soluble compounds such as beta-glucans are discarded in this process which leads to changes in the effect profile.
Since none of the material is lost in the 1:1, you get the most beta glucans, however, the cordycepin content is not as concentrated. The Nootropics Depot 10:1 extract concentrates more cordycepin, resulting in more energy and endurance promoting effects as well as cognition and mood supporting effects. However, beta glucan concentration is reduced as a result.