Cordyceps Mushroom Extract Powder
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.
Understanding Cordyceps Mushroom Extract Powder
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 Benefits and Uses
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.
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Where to Buy Cordyceps Mushroom Extract?
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.
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