Cordyceps is a genus of ascomycete fungi (sac fungi) that includes about 400 species. Most Cordyceps species are endoparasitoids, parasitic mainly on insects and other arthropods (they are thus entomopathogenic fungi); a few are parasitic on other fungi. Cordyceps has a worldwide distribution and most of the approximately 400 species have been described from Asia (notably Nepal, China, Japan, Bhutan, Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand). Cordyceps species are particularly abundant and diverse in humid temperate and tropical forests.
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Cordyceps extract has been used in health care product and pharmaceutic field due to the following functions:
1. It has the function of Antitumor and antiviral;
2. It can improve immunity and inhibiting cell division;
3. It can reduce blood cholesterol,triglycerides and artery atherosclerosis;
4. It can improve renal function, it can reduce the damage that toxic substances caused to the kidney.