Since 50,000 years ago, shamanic healing has produced cures and fantastic medicines which were all derived from nature, whilst one may question the efficacy of such treatments there is non more so than cordyceps sinensis which stands out as being a panacea which seemingly cures all manner of health problems. The benfits of cordyceps sinensis was
so great, even the royalty of ancient China forbode the use of Cordyceps Sinensis and thus coveted its use for the Royal Family only. Modern chemical analysis has shown its secrets to not only being able to combat cancer or Aid's but as a viable alternative treatment for a wider range of disease and illness than any other drug or herb, which may be the reason for peoples superstition for not using cordyceps sinensis because the effects and wide ranging benefits are so great that people tend to not believe its potency immediately when looking for a cure to their problems.
Cordyceps is considered a "food" by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is classified as "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS). A growing number of researchers now consider it to be a "superfood" that can be included in almost every diet. So why are these rediscovered mushrooms now regarded as superfoods?
These medicinal mushrooms are extremely high in both beta-glucans, which have been shown to be useful in cancer therapies, and polysaccharides. Polysaccharides are long
sugar chains with many oxygen sections within them. As these sugars are broken down by the body, the oxygen molecules are released and absorbed on a cellular level. We know
that all forms of cancer cannot exist in an oxygen-rich environment and that without proper oxygen levels the body is left to fall into degenerative states that encourage cancer, heart disease, immune disorders and diabetes, and also allow many viral diseases such as hepatitis C, Lyme's disease and many others to flourish.
The key is how to deliver oxygen to the body on a cellular level. This host of pharmaceutical mushrooms includes such well-known products as Reishi, Maitake and Agaricus which are rich in beta-glucans, known sources for oxygen. This list continues to grow, with clinical studies now including more than 70 different mushroom species. The most interesting one to emerge is Cordyceps sinensis, which grows at about 16,000 feet (4,877 metres) in Tibet. Cordyceps sinensis increases ATP (adenosine triphosphate) levels
in the body by almost 28 per cent. ATP is the body's energy supply source.
cordyceps is useful for treating cancers or HIV because it contains high levels of beta glucans and polysaccharides, this is because of the oxygen molecules it is able to
release and deliver the on the cellular level in conjunction with cordycepin which is able to interrupts the DNA repair mechanism which gives cordyceps it's antiviral HIV
effects. Much debate has gone into what part of this mushroom is useful, was pharmaceutical companies choose to cultivate their mushroom products by growing mycelium inside
the tank of liquid broth or on solid substrate such as rice or millet, it has been speculated that all parts of the mushroom contribute to its potent effects rather then
any singular part or extract of the mushroom.and some forms of reproduction. Broth. In cultivated mushroom products, the mycelium can be grown either by fermentation, in a
tank full of liquid "broth", or on a solid substrate of some material that is found in the natural growth condition. For the production of many mushroom-derived drugs and health supplements, the compounds are extracted not from the mycelium but from the broth in which the mycelium is grown.
Some additional health benefits of Cordyceps are outlined below.
Enhances physical stamina
The most prominent effect of cordyceps sinensis is its ability to enhance physical stamina, this was documented in 1993 during the Chinese
national game were a group of nine women athletes were able to shatter nine world records and attributed this to cordyceps being in the diets and training regime. The
Canadian Olympic committee has made an official stand by stating that cordyceps sinensis Is allowed in professional competition.
Clinical research has shown that Cordyceps use increased cellular bio-energy ATP (adenosine triphosphate)by as much as 55 per cent. Increased synthesis of ATP and faster energy recovery have been reported. It would
seem that Cordyceps improves the internal balance mechanism, thus making the utilisation of oxygen more efficient. These properties may account for the overall physical
enhancement, the extra endurance and the anti-fatigue effects that are seen in humans using Cordyceps.
Improves respiratory function
tuberculosis along with chronic bronchitis and asthma as exemplified cordyceps sinensis ability to treat and improve respiratory functions resulting in cellular oxygen absorption increasing by 40%.
Increases oxygen absorption
30 people who were considered senior in their years(elderly or retired) were placed in a double blind placebo controlled study show in significant improvements in the amount of oxygen that the patients were able to assimilate.
Improves heart function
Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of Cordyceps sinensis in treating heart rhythm disturbances such as cardiac arrhythmia and chronic heart failure.
Helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels
cordyceps sinensis has been observed to help lower cholesterol by 10-21% and triglycerides by 9-26% with positive correlation for increasing HDL cholesterol 27-30%
Improves liver functions
overall improvements of 71.9% on thymol turbidity tests on 33 patients with hepatitis B infections of the
given cordyceps supplements. Cordyceps sinensis has been observed to help with hepatitis chronic and some chronic along with cirrhosis
Improves kidney disease
chronic kidney disease patients showed an impressive 51% improvement in their health after taking dietary supplements of cordyceps sinensis.
Reduces tumour size
50 lung cancer sufferers were given cordyceps sinensis in 6g dosages in a study, this was used in conjunction with chemotherapy. The results were reductions in tumour sizes in 46% of the patients whilst sufferers with multiple tumours benefited from this therapy whilst the majority of patients commented on improved subjective symptoms.
Enhances immunity and T-cell production
Cordyceps has been found to enhance "natural killer" (NK) cell activity, thus increasing T-cell production which results in
expanded muscle mass. Muscle power
is improved with the building of young, healthy cells. Cordyceps effectively recharges the protective army of NK cells. The body's
ability to fight infections and tumours depends on the vailability of NK cells. These are essential as the first line of defence for maintenance of the body's protection
mechanism, commonly known as the immune system. Several scientific studies of Cordyceps have especially focused on NK cells and Cordyceps' effect on them as they relate to cancer formation. One in vitro study demonstrated that Cordyceps significantly enhances NK cell activity in normal individuals as well as leukaemia stricken people.
In a Chinese study, published in the Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine, natural Cordyceps enhanced the NK cell activity of normal patients by 74 per cent and increased the NK activity of leukaemia patients by 400 per cent. Similar improvements of NK cell activities were found in large melanoma tumours.
Assists symptoms of ageing
Studies on elderly patients suffering from senility and fatigue related problems were given cordyceps supplementation, during the 30 days of testing patients reported a 92% improvement with their fatigue, 83% reported a reduction in dizziness with 89% reporting a reduction in feeling cold. Patients with breathing problems reported improvements and said they were physically stronger with some patients gaining the ability to jog and run up to 180m with no problems.
Protects against free radical damage
studies have shown cordyceps sinensis possesses powerful antioxidant properties giving protection against free radicals
Helps discomfort from tired legs
cordyceps sinensis is able to reduce or prevent the contraction of blood vessels, this resolves in improved blood flow to the legs, this is achieved by relaxing the smooth muscles of blood vessels, allowing them to expand. Secondary effects are enhanced functioning of the heart and lungs.
function improvements in sexual functions well below in the study of 200 men with sexual impairments or reduced libido, the men were given cordyceps sinensis with 64% of cordyceps users reporting significant improvement. In conjunction with this test 21 women with similar complaints were giving cordyceps with 90% stating improvements of their condition after using cordyceps sinensis. In another clinical study involving 189 male and female participants with decreased desire and libido showed a 66%
improvement after consuming cordyceps sinensis. In a fertility test regarding men, sperm count was increased by 33% while the incidences of sperm malformations decreased by 29% with a 79% increase in the rate of survival for the sperm.Cordyceps has been shown to improve libido and quality of life in men and women, fight infertility and increase sperm count and survival. Clinical studies involving 189 male and female patients with decreased libido and desire showed improvement of symptoms in 66 per cent of cases. A double-blind study conducted by the Institute of
Materia Medica in Beijing showed an 86 per cent improvement in female libido and desire. The most dramatic physical proof came from a fertility study involving 22 males which showed that, after eight weeks of taking a Cordyceps supplement, their sperm count increased by 33 per cent, their incidence of sperm malformations decreased by 29 per cent and their sperm survival rate increased by 79 per cent.
in late 2004 study free fouls on HIV patients in Ghana were given a formula with cordyceps sinensis as the primary ingredient. When results came back the most amazing thing happened. All 3000 patients had no trace of HIV in their blood.