Cordyceps is viewed as a superfood with powerful anti-fatigue properties, as it increases oxygen levels in the blood. It is rich in antioxidants, rejuvenating the system from the inside out, fighting off free radicals, boosting endurance and increasing stamina. The beta-glucans powerfully regulate cytokins which make cordyceps an impressive healing mushroom that acts as an anti-inflammatory.
The wondrous healing properties of cordyceps become clear when we look at its power of immunomodulation as it naturally balances the immune system. In cases of immune deficiency (e.g. when infected with HIV), cordyceps can increase the amount of white blood cells in the system. Alternatively in cases of hyper immune conditions (e.g. Rheumatoid arthritis) it has then been observed decreasing white blood cell count and increasing the amount of red blood cells balancing the system.
Research has shown that Cordyceps can reduce the body’s absorption of cholesterol from food, decreasing the levels of triglyceride, which are key factors when combatting diabetes. In addition, Cordyceps helps to improve and maintain optimum heart health as it is an effective blood thinner, as well as improving kidney and liver functioning to remove toxins from the body.
Another large advantage observed from Cordyceps is that Cordycepin activates certain immune cells which reduces the spread of cancer cells. In Asia it is already widely used in the treatment and prevention of cancer and the amelioration of the devastating effects chemotherapy has during the course of these treatments.
According to ancient Tibetan texts, the Cordyceps Sinensis was promised to bring “the delights of thousands of beautiful women”. In addition, across Asia Cordyceps remains widely recognised as an aphrodisiac, increasing sperm production and improving libido in both men and women.