Five Benefits of the Cordyceps Mushroom
Cordyceps has a long and rich history as a functional mushroom. It’s native to the high mountains of China and Tibet and has been a staple of Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries as a tonic to improve energy, organ function, and vitality.
In fact, Cordyceps was so highly valued in ancient history that it was reserved for royal families. It remains in high demand to this day for its exceptional health benefits and rarity in nature.
When it comes to functional mushrooms, Cordyceps is one of the most interesting species out there and deserves its place as a staple in modern health supplements.
Here are some of the most prominent health benefits of Cordyceps:
Increased Energy and Performance
One of the most prominent and well-researched effects of Cordyceps is its ability to increase energy levels and improve athletic performance. The compound in Cordyceps that’s responsible for this is called Cordycepin. It has a notable effect on the lungs’ ability to absorb oxygen and the body’s ability to produce ATP – an organic compound that provides energy to many of the processes within cells. Studies have shown a nearly 50% increase in cellular energy levels after supplementing with Cordycepin.
Notably, in the 1993 Olympics, many Chinese runners shattered world records after supplementing with Cordyceps! Whether or not you’re looking to smash any world records, Cordyceps can certainly help you improve your energy levels and physical performance whenever you need it.
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Improved Heart Health
Heart disease is currently the leading cause of death in the United States, with nearly 650,000 people dying from it every year. So, taking preventative measures to strengthen your cardiovascular system is essential for your long-term health.
Cordyceps has shown to benefit the heart in a myriad of ways. One of those is by helping lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which contributes to a healthier cardiovascular system. In addition, the abundance of antioxidants and beneficial compounds in Cordyceps provide additional support for heart health and function.
The compound Cordycepin has shown a remarkable ability to attack tumors and abnormal cell growths in the body. A recent lab test showed that Cordycepin applied to tumors resulted in them shrinking in size. It’s currently hypothesized that supplementing with Cordyceps could help the body prevent certain cancers from even starting to form in the first place. Cordycepin works on cancer cells by disrupting their ability to create the vital proteins they need to survive, leading to cancer cell death.
More research on Cordyceps anti-cancer properties is needed, but supplementing with this potent functional mushroom can provide additional peace of mind in your everyday life.
Boosting Immune Function
Cordyceps contains an array of beneficial amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and polysaccharides that improve the body’s natural defense system. It also provides powerful anti-fungal, anti-viral, and antibacterial properties.
With respect to the immune system, Cordyceps helps stimulate the production of NK cells (aka Natural Killer cells), which are an integral part of the immune system’s defense against pathogens, infection, and illness. Improved immune function will benefit you whenever you cross paths with harmful invaders in the body, helping you live a long and healthy life.
Improved Liver and Kidney Function
Cordyceps is commonly used to treat kidney disease in Asian countries by helping to protect the kidneys from oxidative stress, inflammation, and improving kidney function. A 2014 study found that Cordyceps achieved this by regulating the levels of metabolites that become imbalanced from chronic kidney disease (CKD), improving liver and kidney function in the process.
In addition, Cordyceps has been shown to stimulate the liver and support detoxification processes within the body.
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