Cordyceps Militaris and its benefits
Cordyceps militaris is a species of fungus that belongs to the Cordyceps genus. It is commonly known as “Caterpillar Fungus” or “Caterpillar Mushroom.” typically grown on substrates such as rice or grains in controlled laboratory conditions. This cultivated form is used to produce various Cordyceps militaris products, including powders, extracts, capsules, and teas.
Some basic health benefits of cordyceps Militaris:
Enhancement in liver and lung functions
Bring out oxidative stress
Cordycepin is an active constituent of fruiting bodies from this mushroom
Lower tumour development tendencies. It acts as a nucleic and antibiotic which may be able to inhibit cancerous cells and contribute to normalization of such cells.
Ensures better recovery from illness.
Reduces the effects of cholesterol and brings down blood sugar levels due to the beta-glucans present as nutrients in it.
The adenosine level of this herb help increase the body’s level of ATP, thereby helping athletes recover quickly.
Increase bodily production of nitric oxide, thereby increasing oxygen absorption levels.
Therapeutic effects against the influenza virus have been proven from an acidic polysaccharide made from Cordyceps Militaris, when allowed to grow on germinated soybean.
Inhibition of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase through protein enzyme cordymin, made from this mushroom.
Enhanced sex drive due to enhancement of estradiol-17 and testosterone levels.
Apart from the above, a number of other bio-metabolites meant to be used in natural drugs have been extracted, which help revitalize physiological systems in the human body. Its constituents are also being used in today’s pharmaceutical industries.
Description of the different nutritional components of Cordyceps Militaris
A medicinal mushroom Cordyceps Fungus is known to be highly nutritional. This is because it contains the following nutrients rich doses:
It has been verified that more than 80types of enzymes, inclusive of coenzumeQ10, are present within Cordyceps Militaris. Many of these enzymes are involved in various metabolic processes of the human body. In fact, synthesis and breakdown of nucleic acids, fats, carbohydrates and other compounds present in cells and tissues would not be possible without them. Similarly, food and water digestion, protein digestion, fat, vitamin and minerals digestion are also not possible without these enzymes. Every bodily function is, in fact, linked to one enzyme or the other.
Essential amino acids
Essential amino acids are not produced by the human, but are vital for a healthy individual. Amino acids join together to make protein, and they are critical for the development of tendons, muscles, glands, organs hair and nails. Constant cellular maintenance is carried out by amino acids.
Proteins, peptides and polyamines
Proteins are essential nutrients, often considered as building blocks for cells. They are presented in the callus, skin, hair, tendons, cartilage, ligaments and muscles in any multi cellular organism, providing and protecting structure. Lipoproteins are those substances that transport oxygen and other substances in the body. Peptides help in treating metabolic disorders, cancer and in curing other neurodegenerative diseases.
Essential Fatty Acids
Fatty acids constitute all fat molecules, and regulate blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body. They also enhance functioning of the cardiovascular system and aid proper brain functioning and development.
Cordyceps Militaris is comprised of monosaccharide’s, disaccharides, oligosaccharides and also several complex polysaccharides. As per research, polysaccharides are responsible for regulating blood sugar as well as for facilitating anti-tumour and anti-metastatic effects.
Vitamin B2, B1 and B12
Vitamin B2, contained in Cordyceps Mushroom, is most important for cell formation and their growth, antibody production, energy metabolism, and good skin health. Vitamin B1 is required for carbohydrate metabolism, production of hydrochloric acid and energy, where hydrochloric acid is responsible for proper digestion. This vitamin also aids in correct functioning of the nervous system. Finally, Vitamin B12 processes proteins, carbohydrates and fats and also helps create blood cells.
Calcium is the fundamental component of bones. Without it, nerves and muscles in the body cannot function properly. Low calcium levels to brittle bones.
Iron is responsible for oxygen transport and for regulating cell growth and differentiation, thereby making it critical for all living organisms. Its deficiency reduces the delivery of oxygen to calls, often resulting in poor work performance, fatigue, and also decreasing level of immunity.
Often recognized as the most bioactive compounds within Cordyceps Fungus,also play anti-metastatic and anti-tumour roles. This form of alternative medicine finds widespread application in prevention and treatment of cancer. Cordycepin is able to apoptosis, show ant-proliferative effects, and also have an anti-antigenic effect on human cells, other than targeting cancer stem cells (CSCs).
Studies have also shown that Cordyceps Mushroom is able to bring down the growth of cancerous cells within sarcoma S180, Erlich’s ascites carcinoma and MA737 cancer of the breast. Cells in the body are meant to grow and divide in a way that overall health remains constant. Cells that become old or get damaged are replaced by new cells and tumours tend to form when this division becomes uncontrollable.