Cordyceps militaris

Cordyceps is a genus of parasitic fungi from the phylum Ascomycota, known to parasitize many orders of insects at different life stages from larva to adult stages. You may have seen this natural occurrence in National Geographic's Hostile Planet. When these fungi attack their host, the tissue is replaced and the fungi sprouts long, slender stems that pierces out of the host's body. Of more than 400 species of Cordyceps discovered, 2 became the focus of health research: Cordyceps sinensis (insect grown) and Cordyceps militaris (a new strain cultivated using plant/grain based substrates). 

It's medicinal properties are due to a variety of therapeutically important constituents including cordycepin, adenosine, mannitol and abundant polysaccharides.

Mógū inoculates Cordyceps militaris spawn in 100% organic, vegan and sterilized substrates. No insect host is used. 


Active Compounds found in Cordyceps militaris

Polysaccharide-peptide complexes, β-(1→3)-D-glucan and other glucan-protein complexes. Potential to Increase liver and muscle glycogen contents, suggesting an antifatigue effect.

Cordycepin: A unique and considerably the most beneficial compound found in Cordyceps, having several biological activities, including inhibition of RNA and DNA synthesis and suppression of viral replication. Cordycepin is a category of compounds that exhibits significant therapeutic potential and has many intracellular targets, including nucleic acid, apoptosis, and cell cycle. Highest concentration of cordycepin is found in the fruiting bodies of the mushroom.

Monosaccharides: mannose, glucose and galactose are the three major monosaccharides present. These are natural simple carbohydrates providing a quick energy source for the body.

Adenosine: Adenosine is one of four nucleoside building blocks to RNA, which is essential for all life. This naturally occurring compound helps increase the body's production of the molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is essential for delivering energy to the muscles. Also known to have heart protective effects, including irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias).

Mannitol: a cordycepic acid with diuretic (controlling urine), antitussive (cough relieving), and antifree radical activities. Preventing free radicals is essential; free radicals are unstable atoms that can cause damage to cells and lead to illnesses and the aging process.

Trehalose: the most effective sugar for protection against desiccation. Known for its lubricating, hydrating and protective properties.

Main Mineral Elements: potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, manganase, and zinc 

Vitamins: E, K, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), and B12 

Ergosterols, Cordymin: acts to maintain cell membrane integrity. Because ergosterol is present in cell membranes of fungi, yet absent in those of animals, it is a useful antifungal compound.

Peptides, Proteins, and Glycoproteins: signaling molecules for hydrogen bonding and other electrostatic interactions, improving joint function and pain reduction.

Amino Acids: In the fruiting body, the most abundant amino acids are lysine, glutamic acid, proline and threonine. 

Other myco-nutrients 

Cordyceps militaris and its Activity Against Diseases

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