Let’s compare two different types of Cordyceps mushrooms

Mushrooms are constantly part of the natural cycles of destruction and regeneration. Cordyceps shows this most clearly in its own dramatic way, and it’s no surprise that their interesting behavior has captured people’s attention for centuries. Cordyceps are not only known for their parasitic lifestyle, but also for their health benefits, and have been used throughout history to support the body in many ways.* There are many different varieties of Cordyceps, and today they are becoming increasingly more popular in the western world, while at the same time becoming rarer and therefore more valuable in their homelands.

Classification of the different types of Cordyceps

There are over 400 species of Cordyceps growing around the world and categorized into different families. For example, Cordyceps species that are fleshy and colorful, such as Cordyceps militarisare located at Cordycipitaceae family. Cordyceps species that are darker in color and have a harder structure belong to a family called Ophiocordycipitaceae; this family includes Ophiocbullhead sinensis. Plus, there’s gender Elafokordyceps, which is a subcategory of Ophiocordycipitaceae family. Genus Elafokordycepsiare specific to cordyceps types that are parasitic on fungal species of the genus Deer fungi.(1) The various types of cordyceps are wide and abundant. Today we’re going to focus in detail on a couple of the species you may have heard of or seen before, whether it’s mushroom tinctures, mushroom farms, or growing in the wild.

Of all these many different types of cordyceps, Ophiodoordyceps sinensis and Cordyceps militaris(pictured above) are the main species used in herbalism and found in mushroom supplements.* These types of Cordyceps are known to be beneficial due to the many components they contain, including cordycepin, which was first found in Cordyceps militarisas well as cordyceps acid, nucleotides, polysaccharides, sterols and fatty acids and more!* (1) Cordyceps may help support healthy kidney and liver function.* Additionally, Cordyceps may also be beneficial by promoting oxygen consumption and blood flow to support athletic performance.*

Cordyceps has been used throughout history in China as well as Tibet. (4) In Chinese history, the use of Ophiocordyceps sinensisit is known to be documented as early as 1694.(2) Ophiocbullhead sinensis it thrives at high altitudes and grows in Nepal, Tibet, India, Bhutan and China.(3) This mushroom is parasitic on the larva of the Thitarodes (Hepialus) moth. (4) Ophiocbullhead sinensis it is already such a treasure in its homelands and with more awareness of this mushroom spreading around the world, Ophiocbullhead sinensis it is in particularly high demand and therefore its population is declining.(1) Fortunately, Cordyceps militaris is another good choice for those looking for these mushrooms.

Cordyceps militaris mushroom grows wild in the United States as well as Europe. USA in 1895 and was grown commercially on a large scale in Asia in the late 1980s and early 2000s. Diverse Ophiocordyceps sinensis, Cordyceps militaris is easier to grow because it is not only parasitic but also saprophytic meaning it can grow on substrates such as wood or other organic matter. (2)

Comparing these different types of Cordyceps

Now that we’ve explored some of the characteristics of each of these different cordisep types, we can see that they have many similarities as well as differences. Ophiocbullhead sinensis and Cordyceps militaris have similar components such as cordycepsin and adenosine, but it has been hypothesized that Cordyceps militaris may contain higher concentrations of these compounds due to the ability of growers to control more of the growth factors as it can be grown in a laboratory, not just collected from the wild. Another of the biggest differences between these items is their monetary value. Wild Cordyceps sinensis is so valuable that it can fetch up to $22,000 per pound. Although Ophiocbullhead sinensis such a treasure, one can understand why its increased cultivation Cordyceps militaris it could be very beneficial to make these mushrooms more accessible.

AdaptogenShrooms helps create Cordyceps militaris available by processing them into tinctures. If you are interested in this mushroom, you can buy it here and experience it for yourself.* The future of Cordyceps is exciting and unknown. There are many more types to learn and who knows, maybe even more types will be discovered as time goes on.

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