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What Is Cordyceps Militaris?


Cordyceps militaris is a species of fungus in the family Clavicipitaceae, and the type species of the genus Cordyceps. It was originally described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753 as Clavaria militaris.

Cordyceps militaris is a herbal plant. It is one of the three treasures of traditional Chinese medicine edible plant.The Cordyceps fruiting body is actually a known as an “ascocarp”- but we can just refer to it as a mushroom! 

Do you know how many Cordyceps are there on earth?

Up to now, there are more than 400 species of Cordyceps found in nature, which play an important role in the natural regulation of insect population.Among them, cordyceps sinensis and cordyceps militaris have a long history of food and medicine, and have many biological activities such as  Increasing Stamina,control of blood sugar & Blood Pressure,Anti-Aging, antibacterial, anti-cancer, anti-fatigue, immunity improvement etc.

“Cordyceps Militaris is Totally 100% Vegan,Organic,Non-GMO and Gluten Free.”

Cordyceps militaris is an entomopathogenic fungus belonging to Ascomycota, Sordariomycetidae, Hypocreales, and Cordycipitaceae [1] and is one of the most important traditional Chinese medicinal mushrooms. Cordyceps militaris is the type species of Cordyceps, which internally parasitizes larva or pupa of lepidopteran insects and forms fruiting bodies on their insect hosts. Cordyceps militaris has long been recognized as a desirable alternative for natural Ophiocordyceps sinensis  as it has been given Chinese Licence number Z20030034/35. This is because the gathering of Ophiocordyceps sinensis is causing substantial reductions in populations.

Cordyceps mushrooms are highly sought after by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, with recorded use of the fungus going back over 500 years!

It has been used as a treatment or aid for an incredible variety of ailments; from kidney and lung problems to cancer and heart disease. Often, it is used as a way to stimulate the immune system, allowing the body to heal itself.  Cordyceps sinensis is thought of as having a good balance of yin and yang, due to the fact that it is half caterpillar and half fungus.

Cordyceps militaris also knows as “Magic Herb” produces many bioactive compounds, including polysaccharides, cordycepin, adenosine, amino acid, organic selenium, ergosterol, sterols, cordycepic acid, superoxide dismutase (SOD), and multivitamins.

Cordyceps Militaris has many beneficial Active Nutrient which is the main reason it is beneficial for curing many health problems.

Cordyceps Militaris Improves Immunity.

Like many other medicinal mushrooms, Cordyceps Militaris contain high levels of Cordycepin,Cordyceps polysaccharides a nutrient highly beneficial for enhancing your immune system, When the immune system is overreacting, as is the case with allergies and other auto-immune diseases, Cordyceps can help calm it down. On the other hand, if the immune system is weak, the mushroom can have the opposite effect, kicking the immune system into gear to help fend off disease. Several studies have been done which shows this to be true for Beta-D-Glucan containing mushrooms in general and Cordyceps in particular.

This ability to “modulate” the immune system can also have other effects, such as reducing tumor growth. Studies have shown that Cordyceps extracts have a toxic effect on tumor cells, while at the same time, not damaging healthy cells.

In studies of cell cultures—think cells in dishes rather than in bodies—cordyceps extracts have been shown to increase proinflammatory cytokines. These molecules are excreted from immune cells like T cells and macrophages to regulate inflammatory reactions, which in turn aids in boosting the immune system. The potential revealed by these studies not only suggests an ability to combat an existing disease, but also to enhance the body’s innaability to resist new diseases.

Cordyceps Helps Manage Blood sugar and Blood Pressure Level.

Cordyceps Polysacchirade the active Nutrient found in Cordyceps Militaris helps to control blood sugar and blood pressure thus keeping the heart healthy, Polysaccharide content in our product is 16.5%/G, 1.5 times more than cordyceps sinensis (10.8%). For diabetics, the body has trouble making or using insulin, which results in excess sugar in the blood. That excess blood sugar can cause significant health problems. So, those with diabetes have to carefully monitor their blood sugar levels, often with the help of additional insulin. Several studies—again, in mice—have shown that taking cordyceps supplements effectively plays the role of that extra insulin shot by mimicking insulin to the decrease the blood sugar levels. Some of the rats even showed signs of improved kidney function, an issue that often accompanies diabetes. 

Cordyceps For Anti-Aging

 SOD active Nutrient found in Cordyceps has anti-aging properties, repairs damaged cells, thus giving a natural glow to the skin. Again, research in this area used mice rather than humans. , studies have shown that taking extracts of cordyceps militaris improved brain function. It also boosted antioxidative enzyme activity which helps combat the cell damage that generally comes with age.

Cordyceps Improves Respiratory System

According to the meridian theory, Cordyceps Militaris can protect our respiratory system and kidneys via energetic meridian channels. Studies have further shown that Militaris can inhibit staphylococcus aureus, suppress cough, dispel phlegm, fight bacteria and reduce inflammation.



Cordyceps mushroom supplements are commonly taken by athletes looking to get an edge, and are said to help by increasing endurance, energy and overall stamina.

This first came into the public eye in the late 1993, when the Chinese women’s Olympic track team managed to break 3 world records at a single event. Rumors of drug use were rampant, until finally, the teams coach pointed to their secret weapon- Cordyceps mushrooms.

According to the coach, regularly ingesting the mushrooms boosted the runners energy, and relaxed the respitory tract, allowing the runners to use oxygen more efficiently and gain a competitive edge.

Scientific studies have been done more recently which show that Cordyceps can actually increase “vasodilation” helping to deliver much needed oxygen to the cells of the body during exercise, increasing stamina. This study, example, showed that athletic performance was increased for older healthy adults by taking Cordyceps over a 12 week period. Another study set out to show the effect of Cordyceps on physical endurance by giving supplemental dose to rats over a period of 15 days and monitoring their ability to swim. The study showed that the group using cordyceps was able to increase their swim times by upwards of 20 minutes- a substantial improvement. Cordyceps has also shown to help people with chronic fatigue syndrome and depression. This could very well be linked to increased delivery of oxygen, the same reason why cordyceps helps increase stamina and endurance.

Cordyceps Militaris For treatment of Cancer

Cordyceps’ potential to slow the growth of tumors has generated significant interest in recent years. Researchers believe the fungi may exert anti-tumor effects in several ways. In test-tube studies, Cordyceps have been shown to inhibit the growth of many types of human cancer cells, including lung, colon, skin and liver cancers

Studies in mice have also shown that Cordyceps have anti-tumor effects on lymphoma, melanoma and lung cancer

Cordyceps may also reverse the side effects associated with many forms of cancer therapy. One of these side effects is leukopenia. Not to be confused with the cancer leukemia, leukopenia is a condition in which the number of white blood cells (leukocytes) decreases, lowering the body’s defenses and increasing the risk of infection One study tested the effects of Cordyceps on mice that developed leukopenia after radiation and treatments with Taxol, a common chemotherapy drug.

Interestingly, Cordyceps reversed the leukopenia. These results suggest the fungi may help reduce complications associated with some cancer treatments.

However, it’s important to note that these studies were performed in animals and test tubes, not humans.

The effects of Cordyceps on leukopenia and tumor growth in humans is unknown, so health experts can’t currently draw conclusions.

Cordyceps sinensis is the most well known species, famous for its powerful medicinal properties. When people use the term “Cordyceps” they are often referring to sinensis.

It is commonly called the caterpillar fungus, due to the fact that is uses the insect as a host before eventually fruiting from its head. You can clearly see the caterpillar in images of harvested sinesis. Codyceps sinesis is found in Asia, found in between the Himalayas on the Tibetan plateau. The fruiting body of the fungus has evaded attempts at successful commercial cultivation, and is therefore highly prized. It is getting harder and harder to find, causing conflicts in the areas where it is harvested and bringing the price up to insane valuations. For example, the price has risen from about $5 per gram in the late ‘90s to upwards of $72 per gram today!

If you find a supplement that claims to include C. sinensis, it is most likely just not true.

The demands for supplemental Cordyceps today are just too high to rely on wild harvested Cordyceps sinensis- and using the fungus in this way is unsustainable both ecologically and economically.

Cordyceps militaries has the same efficiency and nutritional value as wild cordyceps sinensis, and some key nutritional contents such as cordycepin,Polysaccharide which is dozens of times higher than north cordyceps sinensis. the actual fruiting body of C. militaris can be cultivated reliably and affordably.

The method of cultivation doesn’t even require the use of insects. This means that cultivated C. militaris can be considered vegan, and can deliver all the same benefits as C. sinesis without the high price or the ecological impact of harvesting a diminishing resource.

Producing the actual fruiting body also helps to make certain the identity of the fungus, since Cordyceps militaris is easily recognizable.

Commercial cultivation of militaris makes supplementation with Cordyceps possible on a large scale.

Things to know Before you buy cordyceps :

Often, when cordyceps supplements are produced in the USA, the mycelium is grown out on grain such as brown rice or rye. This grain is then pulverized and turned into a dry powder, and the mushroom is never fruited.

Unfortunately, unlike C. militaris fruiting body or 100% pure Cs-4 mycelium, the end result of mycelium on grain is a product that can be as high as 65% starch.

This is because the Cordyceps mycelium fails to fully break down the grain, resulting in a large percentage of grain in the final product. It is usually obvious if this technique is used, as the ingredients list will show the presence of “myceliated brown rice” or similar.

For the most part, if your supplement claims to use C. sinensis, you are likely getting a mycelium on grain product. Even C. militaris supplements can be misleading.

Sunbirdfly’s Cordyceps Militaris Powder is free from starch,grain,mycelium or any fillers, what you get is pure high quality supplement.