Found in the highlands of Nepal, Tibet, and China, cordyceps is often called the “caterpillar mushroom.” In our formulation, we use cordyceps’ adaptogenic ability to decrease fatigue and increase physical endurance. Studies have also shown that cordyceps protects the skin against ultraviolet radiation damage (the sun!).
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Cheung, K. H. (n.d.). Cordysinocan, a novel polysaccharide isolated from cultured cordyceps, has strong effect in stimulating immune responses. doi:10.14711/thesis-b924238
Nakamura, K., Shinozuka, K., & Yoshikawa, N. (2015). Anticancer and antimetastatic effects of cordycepin, an active component of Cordyceps sinensis. Journal of Pharmacological Sciences, 127(1), 53-56. doi:10.1016/j.jphs.2014.09.001
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Cordyceps Militaris is an edible (when cooked) mushroom that is now safely and effectively cultivated, which seems to have various positive metabolic effects in humans due to its wide range of novel polysaccharides and because of the compound Cordycepin.
A tasty and highly nutritious mushroom popularly eaten in Asian countries which may have some mood stabilizing effects, but currently does indeed seem to improve cognitive performance with daily consumption.