There are several species of Cordyceps Mushrooms, which belong to the family Clavicipitaceae, and many are used in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine. Cordyceps militaris is one of these species. Cordyceps militaris and the other species are an endoparasitoid fungi, meaning they are essentially parasites.
For the most part, they choose insects and other arthropods as their hosts. The Cordyceps Mushrooms invade and eventually kill the host as the mycelium takes over the host tissue. The elongated, finger-like fruiting body can appear individually or can grow as a cluster or other shape. “Cordyceps” is derived from the Greek “kordyle,” meaning club, and the Latin stem “ceps,” meaning head, indicating the fruiting body’s club-like appearance.
One of the first clear records of Cordyceps Mushrooms is found in a 15th-century Tibetan medical text written by Zurkhar Nyamnyi Dorje. At the time, it was referred to as Yartsa gunbu, and later it was named Cordyceps sinensis. Now this species is named Ophiocordyceps sinensis. It was mainly studied as an aphrodisiac. Many other Cordyceps Mushroom Extract uses have been found.
As stated, Cordyceps Mushroom Extract uses include being an aphrodisiac. Evidence shows that Cordyceps Mushroom benefits extend to other areas of health as well, giving them the following properties:
These Cordyceps Mushroom uses can be traced to the active compounds, or chemical constituents, found in the whole fruiting bodies. These biochemicals are metabolized by our bodies and put to use in many different ways. Cordyceps militaris, the species used in our Cordyceps Mushroom Extract Powder, contains cordycepin, which contributed to an immunosuppressive drug that inhibits rejection of human organ transplants.
Nootropics Depot and Nammex have partnered to bring you a high-quality Cordyceps Mushroom Extract Powder. Our certified organic whole fruiting body extracts are thoroughly tested to verify low starch content, an accurate percentage of beta-glucans, and no pesticide residue.
These are very important factors to look for when choosing to buy Cordyceps Mushroom Extract Powder, because not all brands actually contain whole fruiting bodies and instead only consist of the mycelium ground together with the growing media, which is a grain such as rice. Mycelium is essentially the “roots” of the mushroom, whereas the whole fruiting body grows above the surface. The whole fruiting body contains a much higher proportion of the essential compounds that make the extract effective. While the mycelium may contain some, it’s simply not enough to be an equally effective product. In fact, there is even an FDA guideline that states mycelium cannot be labeled as mushroom. Still, it happens.
Why would any producer purposely put out a product that is falsely labeled? Simply put, the substandard mycelium on grain production method saves time and money. You can test for yourself by mixing any mushroom powder with water and a drop of iodine. If the liquid turns dark blue/purple, this indicates high levels of starch (from the grain).
Nootropics Depot tests all of our products for purity and authenticity. We are committed to providing only high-quality nootropic compounds, including our Cordyceps Mushroom Extract Powder. We partnered with Nammex to ensure that our customers receive an effective product that is produced and labeled ethically.
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-Glucan (β-Glucan) minimum content: 20%
Cordycepin content: .3% by HPLC
As a dietary supplement, take 1000mg of Cordyceps Mushroom once daily.
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Nootropics Depot offers 30g or 60g jars of certified organic Cordyceps mushroom 10:1 extract. Nootropics Depot's Cordyceps mushroom has been lab-tested and verified for both product purity and identity.
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