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 fungus and similar species are considered endoparasitoid fungi, meaning 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. Through science and modern research, the many ancient Tibetan uses of Cordyceps mushrooms are now being verified. Many other Cordyceps Mushroom Extract uses have since discovered through modern scientific 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 bioactive compounds in Cordyceps militaris known as Cordycepin. Cordyceps militaris in particular, carries high levels of Cordycepin compared to other Cordyceps species. So what Cordyceps health benefits does Cordycepin produce?