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.
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?
Cordyceps Benefits and Uses
- Promotes healthy cellular function
- Supports immune system activity
- Promotes energy
- Supports cognitive function
- Promotes feelings of well being
Understanding Cordyceps Mushroom Extract Powder
Cordyceps militaris mushrooms are rich in phytonutrients, or plant chemicals, that may have various effects on human health. Cordycepin is the main chemical component found in Cordyceps militaris and is a powerful compound with a wide range of possible beneficial properties such as the ability to promote energy, support feelings of well being, and promote cellular function.
In addition to cordycepin, Cordyceps is also rich in polysaccharides, a type of carbohydrate made of a string of monosaccharides. Polysaccharides may play various roles in the human body, particularly regarding the digestive system and immune functions. Cordyceps militaris is also known to contain beta-glucan polysaccharides, which are known for promoting immune system function. Cordyceps fungus was also discovered to contain adenosine, which combines with phosphates in your system to create adenosine monophosphate, adenosine triphosphate, and other similar compounds used in energy production.
Cordyceps mushroom benefits are numerous and diverse. Studies suggest that the high amount of polysaccharides creates many cordyceps benefits and uses including the promotion of healthy oxidation levels. In other animal studies, cordyceps supplements were shown to increase cytokine synthesis. Cytokines are proteins that have been found to play an important role in cell signaling and the immune system and contribute to several cordyceps benefits.
What is Whole Fruiting Body?
Whole fruiting body or what we sometimes refer to as 1:1 extract, is actually more like a full-spectrum mushroom powder. Nootropics Depot whole fruiting body cordyceps powder does not use an alcohol extraction method where only the ethanol soluble compounds are concentrated and the insoluble compounds are discarded.
Cordyceps mushroom is treated with hot water to break down the chitin in the cell walls of the mushroom. Chitin is a fibrous substance in the cell walls of mushrooms and keeps the beneficial compounds stuck within the cell.. Very few humans can metabolize chitin, so breaking it down makes the beneficial compounds inside the cell walls much more bioavailable.
After the chitin is broken down with hot water, the entire mushroom material is kept, dehydrated, then turned into cordyceps powder. So none of the insoluble compounds in our 1:1 "extract" are lost or otherwise discarded. Ultimately one unit of cordyceps mushroom makes one unit of a finished extract, making Nootropics Depot’s cordyceps mushroom whole fruiting body extract a true 1:1 extract. This also allows the effect profile to be close to that of wild mushrooms, but better absorbed since the chitin is broken down. Nootropics Depot Cordyceps 1:1 whole fruiting body mushroom extract is most like the mushrooms used in human clinical research.
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 ineffective 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'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-Glucan (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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