Cordyceps Sinensis: The Functional Mushroom for Immunity, Wellness, and Energy

Niki Caldwell

Cordyceps Sinensis: The Functional Mushroom for Immunity, Wellness, and Energy

January 31, 2018

Like many of the dynamic IP ingredients we develop at NuLiv Science, Cordyceps sinensis isn’t new. In fact, CordycepsPRIME™ is NuLiv Science’s most popular ingredient we’ve provided to brands worldwide for years because of its high quality and consistency.

The mushroom’s roots can be traced back more than 3,000 years to the times of ancient traditional Chinese folk healers and Tibetan medicine healers. Cordyceps sinensis is a very close relative of the mushroom, but it’s actually an odd-sounding combination of fungus and caterpillar.

Cordyceps sinensis can only grow high up in the Himalayan mountains, at altitudes over 3,800 meters above sea level. The fungus itself is a parasite, only growing on the larvae of a rare and specific caterpillar itself only found at these heights, and deep underground. As the fungus grows, it consumes around 90% of its larval host. The larva becomes more or less mummified by the fungus and the result is an odd looking, orangey brown, finger-shaped ‘mushroom’.

Traditional Medicinal Functions of Cordyceps sinensis

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners have been using Cordyceps sinensis to help treat many different health concerns and conditions for centuries. It’s used to help support healthy breathing, diabetes, and heart, liver and kidney functions.

Cordyceps sinensis is also used to provide energy, stamina, and endurance and to help regulate sleep patterns. It’s even used to help improve libido and impotence and is often referred to as ‘Himalayan Viagra’.

TCM practitioners traditionally give Cordyceps sinensis as a tonic, that has been steeped in alcohol (a local homemade drink called ‘chang’) after being dried in the strong sunlight of the mountainous regions.

It’s said that the locals noticed how strong their goats and sheep became after grazing on Cordyceps sinensis before making use of this exotic big cousin of the mushroom.

But how do we know that it really does have functional abilities?

Modern Uses of Cordyceps sinensis

Much of its medicinal ability lies in its cordycepic acid, amino acids, vitamins and minerals including the B vitamins, vitamins E and K and potassium, calcium, zinc, and magnesium. Cordycepic acid is a known anti-inflammatory agent and is used in TCM to help support  inflammatory lung conditions such as asthma and bronchitis.*

Cordyceps sinensis is a powerful antioxidant too, having a boosting effect on the production of important cells of the immune system, called natural killer cells. This means it may help support a healthy immune system against and promising research is underway to see its potential effect on cancer cells.*

But perhaps its most popular use is amongst athletes and wellness enthusiasts. Scientific studies have shown that Cordyceps sinensis may support and increase the anaerobic capacity of subjects, therefore allow for improved athletic performance. It has also been found that Cordyceps sinensis may help support healthy blood sugar levels maintain stability during prolonged exercise.

Modern delivery methods to supplement Cordyceps come in capsules, functional foods, and beverages.

Nuliv Science employs a dynamic proprietary fermentation technology using highly-selected carbohydrates, soybean extracts, a special blend of trace elements  – in addition, other proprietary ingredients as a growth medium. Additionally, specific temperature and Ph parameters are maintained through various stages of the fermentation process to consistently produce the highest quality Cordyceps.

So it would seem that our ancient ancestors were right, Cordyceps sinensis really does have medicinal & functional prowess!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.