Health Benefits of Cordyceps Sinensis
A general article to educate the public on information and health benefits of the renowned herb: Cordyceps
In this article you will learn about the health benefits of cordyceps. Cordyceps Sinensis is a medicinal fungus that is traditionally used in Chinese medicine. They are found primarily in highland regions at an altitude above 3000 metres in mountainous regions. Areas where natural Cordyceps are commonly found are Tibet, 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 of Cordyceps
1)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 having 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 qi and energy level.
2) Enhance Immune system
Many scientific researchers have proven that Cordyceps Synensis helps to boost the immune system. This takes place by increasing the number of white blood cells. White blood cells are the body’s first line of defense against diseases. Due to this benefit, Cordyceps Synensis has been often recommended for the body to regain energy or recover after an illness.
3) Reduce Blood Sugar Levels
The herb helps to Improve blood glucose metabolism while increasing insulin sensitivity. It also has antioxidant properties on fats within the blood like cholesterol. In general, blood sugar level can be lowered by consuming Cordyceps.
4) 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 which helps bring better oxygen and qi flow within our body. This is imperative for patients with high cholesterol levels.
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 which prevents cancer.
In general; from a TCM point of view, 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. It is known to some as the herb of immortality.
Which type of cordyceps is better?
Tibetan Cordyceps are well known for its high nutrient content and pureness as compared to its neighbouring harvest from Qinghai and Yunnan. You may wish to order cordyceps online from a Singapore wholesaler here.