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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 traditionally for thousands of years.
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.
Cordyceps fungi are rich in phytonutrients, or plant chemicals, that may have various effects on human health. Cordycepin is the main component of Cordyceps militaris and a powerful chemical featuring a wide range of possible beneficial properties. Cordyceps is also rich in polysaccharides, a type of carbohydrate comprising a string of monosaccharaides. Polysaccharides may play various roles in the human body, particularly regarding the digestive system and immune functions. Cordyceps militaris is known to contain beta-glucan polysaccharides. 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.
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.
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 glucans, but verification that starch content is low, and that there are no pesticide residues. One of the biggest controversies in the mushroom industry today is the use of mycelium on grain extracts. Mycelium is to a mushroom like what roots are to a tree. When grown properly, they will form whole fruiting bodies; which are called mushrooms. However, to save money, most US producers of 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 starch 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!
Would you like to know more about the differences between our 1:1 and 10:1 Cordyceps mushrooms? Click here to read our Cordyceps blog post.
Beta-Glugan (β-Glucan) minium content: 25%
Cordycepin content: .2% by HPLC
As a dietary supplement, take 1000mg of Cordyceps Mushroom once daily.
Get insight about other customers’ experiences by reading our Cordyceps Mushroom reviews below.
Nootropics Depot offers 30g or 60g jars of certified organic Cordyceps militaris Whole Fruiting Body Mushroom Extract. Nootropics Depot's Cordyceps mushroom extract powder has been lab-tested and verified for both product purity and identity.
To learn more, read the Cordyceps mushroom reviews and experiences 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 judge based only on acute effects. In My Experience:
Cordyceps gives a smooth boost in energy and motivation, making for positive productivity without the anxious edge that might show up with Polygala or Caffeine, for example. I initially used one dose of 500mg alongside a 100mg caffeine pill to test effects. I now use two doses of 250mg Cordyceps with 250mg Lion's Mane together with 100mg caffeine. I take this dose once in the morning and once in the afternoon, separated by about 4 hours. The effects of the Lion's Mane are very similar but less apparent in some ways; I feel the increase in motivation and focus is stronger with Lion's Mane, but the "activation energy" and mood boost are stronger with Cordyceps. Very similar experiences but with slightly different specs. Unknown on 23rd Jul 2018
I haven't had any 'major' changes since starting the cordyceps. I am going to continue because I DO feel a little better....as in more energy. I'll find out next week if it has affected my PSA levels. Unknown on 2nd Jun 2018
My previous supply (from a different vendor) was of a brown powder that smelled and tasted of chocolate. I used it for years in hopes of some beneficial effect.
The Nootropic Depot extract powder made by Nammex is pale orange, smells a bit of fish.
The science behind culturing fruiting bodies and subsequent extraction have me expecting better results.
Victoria, BC on 14th May 2018
There were times in my life where I would go through periods of feeling short of breath, and let me just say that I have never had this issue one time since taking cordyceps. I actually was turned on to cordyceps from an email advertising about them from you guys, I'm very glad I looked into them further. The health benefits are astounding. Ive been taking them every morning and sometimes in the afternoon every day for about 2 weeks so far since I ordered them. Cordyceps has a very natural energy boost for me unlike coffee that make you jittery. Its like the body has more energy from better oxygen utilization, although I'm sure there are other factors at work there. I'm no expert yet ;)
In all I'm very happy I purchased cordyceps, its a GREAT addition to my supplement stack!
Nick L on 23rd Feb 2018
I notice the power of this from the first time I try it. Drink it with my coffee every morning. Can't wait to try the other version. Unknown on 2nd Jun 2017
i actually noticed an increase in the energy when taking this. its not stimulating or sedating its just energizing in a balancing way and without a crash. my breathing is much better when i take this and i think more clearly and words/thoughts/conversation flow more easily. it really feels like my blood is ciruclating better and my lungs are getting more air.
i took this when i thought i was starting to get sick and the initial symptoms stopped developing and i never actually got sick. Unknown on 6th May 2017
This feels like a shot of testosterone with a gentle womanly touch. Powerful and excitatory, but smooth and graceful. I noticed a difference in my respiratory system the first day I tried it, and the effects have only increased with time. My breaths are deeper and my veins are fuller with bloody goodness flowing within me. I like the earthy taste too. Goes well in a cup of coffee.
I have already told a couple of my friends that they need to add this to their stack. Nootropics Depot is probably the best source for the mushroom powders, since they use the fruiting bodies, unlike most of the cordyceps supplements on the market. Andy Houston on 20th Mar 2017
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. Unknown on 15th May 2016