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 support positive emotional outlook
May help promote cognitive function
May help support energy
May help promote immune system health
May help support cellular function
Understanding Cordyceps militaris Capsules
Cordyceps militaris mushrooms are rich in plant chemicals known as phytochemicals. The phytochemicals in Cordyceps may have various effects on human health. Cordycepin is the main chemical component found in Cordyceps militaris and is a powerful compound with a wide range of potential beneficial properties like the ability to support a healthy emotional outlook, promote cellular function and support energy.
In addition to cordycepin, Cordyceps is also rich in polysaccharides. Polysaccharides are a type of carbohydrate made of a string of monosaccharides. Polysaccharides may have various roles in the human body, particularly with the digestive system and immune functions. Cordyceps militaris is also known to carry beta-glucan polysaccharides, which are known for their immune system promoting benefits. Cordyceps fungus was also found to contain adenosine, which combines with phosphates in your system to create adenosine monophosphate, adenosine triphosphate, and other similar compounds used in energy production.
Cordyceps mushroom benefits from Cordyceps militaris are numerous and diverse. Studies suggest that the high amount of polysaccharides creates many Cordyceps benefits and uses which includes promoting healthy oxidation levels. In other animal studies, Cordyceps supplements were shown to increase cytokine synthesis. Cytokines are proteins that have been found to play an important role in cell signaling and the immune system and also contribute to several Cordyceps benefits.