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What is Cordyceps Extract?

Pulished on Oct. 28, 2020

Cordyceps is a traditional Chinese medicine based on medicinal fungi (mushrooms). Cordyceps Extract is a very popular natural medicinal extract in the medical and healthcare market. Cordyceps extract is an effective ingredient extracted power from natural Cordyceps using biological separation technology. The active ingredients of Cordyceps are mainly polysaccharides, including mannose, cordyceps, adenosine, etc. Its extracts can increase energy, stimulate the immune system, nourish the body, improve human vitality, and improve kidney function. In addition, Cordyceps extract contains a part of polysaccharides and has certain anticancer activity.


1. Cordyceps is a natural value, and the source of natural products is exhausted

At present, the complete finished Cordyceps Sinensis is wild and cannot be cultivated on a large scale. Cordyceps Sinensis is a kind of ascomycete (fungus), which mainly preys on insects and other arthropods. It is a parasitic insect pathogenic fungus. Cordyceps mainly parasitize caterpillars that live in high mountains and are extremely rare. The natural Cordyceps worm is hidden in the soil, and only the grass is exposed to the ground. 


It is almost the same color as the surrounding weeds and soil, which is extremely difficult to identify. In addition, the production of natural cordyceps is seasonal, and can only be harvested successfully in specific seasons and under specific rain and light conditions (the normal harvest cycle is between April and August, and only grows at altitudes above 3800 meters. Cold, grassy slopes in mountains). Therefore, the two characteristics of scarceness as expensiveness, scarce yield, and difficulty in picking, make Cordyceps a natural expensive product.


As the value of natural products of Cordyceps continues to increase and commercial pursuits, the resources of Cordyceps are over-collected, and the number of Cordyceps resources is becoming increasingly scarce. In recent decades, the amount of wild Cordyceps resources has been increasingly depleted. The average weight of Cordyceps is only 0.3-0.5 grams, and some illegal traders add the heavy metal powder to the finished Cordyceps to increase the weight and make huge profits.

Cordyceps Extract

Cordyceps Extract

2. Cordyceps extract is in high demand in industry, and a large number of raw materials come from artificial cultivation


Since the pharmaceutical industry has a huge demand for Cordyceps extracts and raw materials of Cordyceps, wild products alone cannot provide such a huge demand. Therefore, the raw materials of Cordyceps Extract are artificially cultivated mycelium, that is, most of them are Cultivated indoors.


3. The function of Cordyceps Sinensis is health care, not a tonic that can cure all diseases


Chinese medicine believes that Cordyceps can nourish the lungs and kidneys and nourish the essence of the body. Modern experimental studies have also proved that it can be used to treat anti-arrhythmia, bronchial asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis, diabetes, cough, cold, erectile dysfunction, BHP, jaundice hepatitis, alcoholic hepatitis, nephritis, and so on. The polysaccharides in Cordyceps extract can improve human immune function, increase white blood cells, and can be used for adjuvant treatment of malignant tumors. Most elderly people use it for the purpose of prolonging lifespan and enhancing body vitality. However, there is still not enough scientific human body research evidence to support these curative effects. The current functional applications are limited to health care purposes, not as medicines.


The pharmacological effects of Cordyceps are mainly due to biologically active polysaccharides, modified nucleosides, and cyclosporin, and other analogs. New drugs produced from fungi, such as penicillin, an antibiotic derived from Penicillium, and a hallucinogen derived from the plant parasite fungus ergot, lysergic acid diethylamide. Cordyceps Extract has certain biological activity and pharmacological potential.


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