About Cordyceps 关于虫草

Cordyceps Sinensis is a medicinal fungus that is traditionally used in Chinese medicine. They are found primarily in highland regions at an altitude between 9800 to 16000 feet. Areas where natural Cordyceps are commonly found are the Tibetan Plateau, Himalayas, Qinghai, Guizhou and Yunnan.  The growth process starts when caterpillars living underground in alpine grass and shrub lands on the highlands are attacked by the fungus. The myelium of the fungus invades and fill the caterpillar’s entire body during winter period. In early summer, a plant-like stem germinates from the caterpillar's body. What remains after this process is the fungus itself, which we call Cordyceps. The peculiar growth process gives earns the fungus the Chinese name “winter worm, summer plant” 冬虫夏草.

Health benefits associated with Cordycep Sinensis.

Increase Energy and vitality

There are a number of clinical studies conducted among elderly patients to prove that consumption of Cordyceps helps in reducing fatigue. After the patients took it for a month, more than 90% of the patients experienced decreased levels of fatigue, while 89% of them are more resistant cold temperatures. Studies are suggesting the intake of Cordyceps increase the oxygen availability in the bloodstream, which helps in boosting one’s energy level.

Enhance Immune system

Many scientific researchers have proven that Cordyceps Synensis helps boost the immune system. This happens by increasing the number of white blood cells. White blood cells are the body’s first line of defense against diseases. Given this, Cordyceps Synensis has been often recommended for the body to regain energy or recover after an illness.

Blood Sugar Levels

Improve blood glucose metabolism while increasing insulin sensitivity. It also has antioxidant properties on fats within the blood like cholesterol. It means additional benefits to one’s health aside from lowering the blood sugar level of the patient.

Lowering Cholesterol level

The ability of Cordyceps to lower triglycerides and bad cholesterol levels is possible since it prevents the formation of bad cholesterol plaques on the blood vessels walls. Interestingly, Cordyceps also acts to enhance blood flow. This is very important for patients with high cholesterol levels.

Antioxidant

It is also a tonic that is beneficial for the nourishment of the body and promoting the activity of the brain. It fights free radical damage.

In traditional Chinese medicine, Cordyceps is used to restore normal body function; support the immune system, the endocrine system and the kidneys; to heal the respiratory and cardiovascular systems; and to help maintain proper blood viscosity.

The active nutritional components of Cordyceps Sinensis:

- Essential amino and fatty acids

- Vitamins, including Vitamins B1, B2, & B12, E, K.

- Minerals (Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Iron, Potassium and others).

- Enzymes

- Sterols & proteins

The above chemicals elements are crucial for normal function of the body, for example these nutritional elements help to regulate the nerve condition and the secretions in the adrenal glands. These elements are also used to regulate the overall functions of the immune systems.

Taking Cordyceps

Cordyceps is taken in three different ways, as food (cooked in soup with other ingredients like black chicken, duck, etc.), powder extract or in liquid form. The recommended daily dosage for Cordyceps is between three and nine grams, twice a day.

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