What Does Cordyceps Do For The Body? 5 Great Reasons To Start Taking Cordyceps Extract


What does Cordyceps do for the body? For those of you out there who are unfamiliar with medicinal mushrooms and especially Cordyceps this is a very valid question and one I hope to answer succinctly for you below.

Cordyceps Treats deficient yin and yang

When used in traditional Chinese medicine Cordyceps is used to treat deficiencies in both Yin and Yang in the kidneys due to excessive physical exertion or chronic disease.

what does cordyceps do for the body?

According to Chinese medicine the kidneys store the Jing (life essence) of the body and controls not only fluid metabolism but also is the foundation of of healthy sexual functioning as well as bone health and hearing.

Cordyceps also can be used to treat infertility in both men and women as well as treat problems such as frequent urination, night sweats, dizziness and ringing in the ears.

But i think chinese medicine is a load of rubbish!

If the last statement sounded like a lot of new age hippy mystical  nonsense and you put no faith in the ability of snake oil peddlers then I don't blame you for thinking that way.

For most people Chinese medicine is something very strange and hard to decipher with its strange poet wording and almost alien way of viewing the human body and its functions.

And for people like us we need some good old fashioned science to help ease our minds. So lets put on our lab coats and delve into some interesting scientific Cordyceps facts. 

immune system function and cancer treatment

In human studies Cordyceps was found to prevent immune suppression and also help restore normal macrophage. Macrophages are important cells of the immune system that are formed in response to an infection or accumulating damaged or dead cells.

They recognise which cells are doing the damage hunt them down, engulf them and destroy them (thank you Wikipeadia).

what does cordyceps do for thre body?

Two Natural Killer Cells (orange) Attacking A Cancer Cell (red)

Cordyceps also helps increase the number of NK (natural killer) cells within the immune system, these cells are like a rapid response unit attacking any cells that have become infected with a virus.

These NK cells also act like a tumor surveillance system constantly looking out for tumor growth, which when discovered is also attacked and hopefully destroyed. See this study at Nature.com

cordyceps increases ATP Levals

Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is the energy currency of your muscles. It is also the go-to fuel for any short, explosive activities like jumps and sprints. One of the active ingredients of Cordyceps is adenosine, a nucleic acid that is a crucial component of ATP.

According to a 2007 study out of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Cordyceps can significantly boost up your body’s ability to produce ATP, which can help anyone from elderly people looking to stay active, to elite world-class competitors.

What does this mean to you? Part of the reason you “fail” during sets is because your body can’t generate enough ATP to keep up with the intense demands you place upon it.

By boosting ATP generation, Cordyceps can extend the length of time you can lift heavy weights. This means more personal bests, as well as enhanced growth through greater muscle stimulation.

cordyceps can combat sexual dysfunction

Three separate Chinese double blind and placebo-controlled studies with over 200 men with “reduced libido and other sexual problems” showed remarkably similar results. On average, 64% of the Cordyceps-users reported significant improvement at the conclusion of the experimental period compared with 24% of the placebo group.

In another double blind, placebo controlled study conducted with 21 elderly women with similar complaints, 90% reported improvements of their condition following the use of Cordyceps, compared with none in the control group. See here ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

what does cordyceps do for the body? Well as you can see a great deal!

Cordyceps is now getting the attention it deserves in the west for its many health giving properties and thanks to science, what Chinese medicine has been saying for a very long time is becoming scientifically validated!

So when people as the question what does Cordyceps do for the body the answers are still being formulated as we learn more and more about this wonderful herb and its ability to balance, boost and energise the human system. With new studies being carried out what will we find out in the future? 


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Neal has had long running relationship with Daoism and its health related practices including Chi Gung, Meditation and a interest in its methods of using herbs and food to generate health. He hopes his passion will rub off on you in a positive way.

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