Cordyceps sinensis is also called the "caterpillar fungus." In the wild it grows on and acquires nutrients from several species of caterpillars. In China, it is referred to as "winter worm, summer grass." This fungus is found at high altitude in the mountains of China, Nepal, and Tibet.
Cordyceps attracted the attention of the general public and the health profession in 1993 when a group of Chinese runners broke nine world records in the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Germany. The coach of these Chinese athletes attributed those results to the athletes regular use of a Cordyceps-based tonic. Because Cordyceps helps increase stamina, energy levels, and endurance, it has become one of the top-selling sports supplements among the worlds' elite competitive athletes.
In traditional Chinese medicine, C. sinensis is considered to benefit the lung and kidney channels. It is commonly used with the elderly in China as a type of "super-ginseng" for rejuvenation and stamina.
Because it is difficult to collect enough Cordyceps from the wild, commercial cultivation methods have been developed using "submerged culture," where the mycelium is grown in a liquid medium. All of the scientific research published in the last twenty years is based on hot water extracts of the Cordyceps Cs-4 mycelium cultivated in this manner.
Cordyceps Cs-4 is a strain of the wild Cordyceps. Although it was difficult and took many years of research, scientists were able to isolate a strain of Cordyceps mycelium that produced the same active compounds as the Cordyceps fruit body that grew on the caterpillars in the wild. They named this isolate Cordyceps Cs-4 and it is this specific strain that is used to produce the MushroomScience Cs-4 extract.
Dehydrated Hot Water Extract
16% beta glucan (polysaccharide),
7% Cordycepic acid,
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