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Cordyceps - A Nutraceutical Truth Stranger than Fiction

The tale of a prized and power giving powder derived from a fungus that grows out of a baby insect and is worth almost the price of gold, sounds more like a story from the Brothers Grimm than the development of a modern-day nutraceutical. The ‘hero’ of this enticing anecdote is Cordyceps sinensis – an Ascomycetes fungus closely related to mushrooms. Remarkably, this fungi is parasitic and their genesis is dependent on immature insect or caterpillar larvae. When Cordyceps attack, they consu...

Michaela Tsangari 24 Dec 2018 Read more