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Cordyceps mushroom extract powder comes from Cordyceps militaris, a species of fungus that thrives in mountain environments, particularly in China, Tibet, and other East Asian countries. Cordyceps is derived from the Greek word kordyle, which means “club,” and the Latin suffix –ceps, meaning “head.” The fungus has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. As a nootropic, cordyceps offers a variety of potential benefits to your cognition and your overall health.
Cordyceps militaris in the wild is a parasitic fungus. It survives by infecting caterpillars and other arthropods, using the body to grow, develop and eventually spread. In traditional Asian medicine, cordyceps was used as an aphrodisiac and to treat respiratory ailments and boost energy.
Cordyceps fungi are rich in phytonutrients, or plant chemicals, that have various effects on human health. Cordycepin is the main component of Cordyceps militaris and a powerful chemical featuring a wide range of beneficial properties. Cordyceps is also rich in polysaccharides, a type of carbohydrate comprising a string of monosaccharaides. Polysaccharides play various roles in the human body, particularly regarding the digestive system and immune functions. Cordyceps militaris is known to contain beta-glucan polysaccharides, which reduce LDL (the “bad” cholesterol). The fungus also contains adenosine, which combines with phosphates in your system to create adenosine monophosphate, adenosine triphosphate, and other similar compounds used in energy production.
Cordyceps mushroom extract contains numerous benefits. Studies suggest that the high amount of polysaccharides gives the supplement incredible antioxidant properties. Antioxidants fight off free radicals, a product of cellular oxidation in your body. If left unchecked, free radicals can cause damage and increase cellular aging. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and help your body get rid of other harmful toxins. The high polysaccharide content may also boost the immune system, especially in those who have compromised immunities, like the elderly or those with chronic illnesses.
In early lab studies, researchers have found that cordyceps may offer:
Traditionally, cordyceps has been used to help the body deal with stress, improve libido, boost stamina, and protect the body from infections. In more recent lab tests performed on animals, researchers found that cordyceps may:
In other animal studies, cordyceps supplements were shown to increase cytokine synthesis. Cytokines are proteins that play an important role in cell signaling and the immune system. Common cytokines include interferon, interleukin, and growth factors, all of which encourage natural cell death. This can play an important role in inhibiting the growth and proliferation of tumor cells.
Nootropics Depot has partnered with Nammex to offer these certified Organic whole fruiting body extracts, with not only testing to verify the percentage of active beta glugcans, but verififaction that starch content is low, and that there are no pesticide residues. One of the biggest conroversies in the medicinal mushroom industry today is the use of mycelium on grain extracts. Mycelium is to a mushrom like what roots are to a tree. When grown properly, they will form whole fuiting bodies; which are called mushrooms. However, to save money, most US producers of medicinal mushroom extracts today grow the mycelium on a bed of grain, like rice. To speed up production, and to make the end product cheaper to produce, these manufacturers grind up the mycelium and grain together, before allowing them to form whole fruiting bodies. The issue with that is that mycelium is not a mushroom, just like the roots of a tree are not a tree. The beneficial compounds in these mushroom species are all studied with relation to their fruiting bodies. The FDA even states that mycelium is not allowed to be called "mushrooms." However, many of the biggest brands today thwart that FDA guideline, and put out a cheaply-made, mislabeled, and ultimately inneffective products. They hide this fact by standardizing to "polysaccharides" instead of "β-Glucans." Well guess what shows up as polysaccharides in the traditional testing? Carbohydrates! Yes, the very carbohydrates from the rice used to grow the mycelium is used as a measure of the active ingredient in these substandard extracts. When you are buying one of the major mushroom extracts on store shelves today, you are buying a bunch of ground up rice mixed in with mycelium! It's a scam! This is why we decided to partner with Nammex. We are selling only certified Organic whole fruiting body extracts, which have been tested for not only the active β-Glucans, but to ensure the strach content is low; to prove what you are getting is actual mushroom, not ground up rice. You will know right away how big of a difference it is. You can even go to the store right now, and pick out one of the major mushroom brands. Mix the "mushroom" powder into some water, and ad a drop of iodine. It will quickly turn a dark purple/blue, indicating high amounts of starch. You'll immediately see how big of a scam it is, and just how many "trusted" brands are in on it!
Beta-Glugan (β-Glucan) content: 30%
Cordycepin content: .3% by HPLC
Product contains either a 30g or 60g jar of Certified Organic Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris) mushroom extract.
To learn more, read the cordyceps mushroom extract reviews below.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
I am very happy with this extract. It's much more effective than I thought it was going to be. I've been taking it before playing basketball with friends, and I have more energy and endurance than I normally would. The only thing I would change is to put it into pills or capsules. Scooping it is not a big deal, but I am lazy. But I am going to certainly keep using this. Carl Metzler on 6th Aug 2016
This blew me away for how effective it was at energizing me. It makes me awake, alert, and focused. I am also finding myself more attracted to women after taking it. I did not know mushrooms could be this strong. I am going to order some of the others now. William Ma on 21st May 2016
took this before a 6 mile hike that I was grossly out of shape for. my muscles got a little gassed on the way down but I never got tired or fatigued and I had energy all day, I was able to keep pace and I was pretty worried I would slow my coworkers down. seems to be mildly pro-sexual as well but this effect does not seem very pronounced for me. Unknown on 15th May 2016