Dong Chong Xia Cao translated into English is Winter worm, summer grass. The ascomycete fungus cordyceps literally starts its life as a worm in the winter and becomes a plant (mushroom) in the summer. Well the Cordyceps is certainly a monstrous parasitoid that crouches and hides and then attacks its poor unsuspecting host insect. Though this fungus may be the bane of poor insects like caterpillars and ants in the Far East, it is indeed a great boon to us humans.
How Works the Magic of Cordyceps Sinensis, and why?
Well, it’s the chemical constituents of most cordyceps species that make it a medicinal mushroom. Cordycepin and its derivatives, ergosterol, (a glycoprotein), peptides containing alpha aminoisobutyric acid and even polysaccharides are found in these wonder mushrooms, and are helpful in combating an array of diseases and adverse health conditions. In China, cordyceps benefits were discovered centuries ago. This humble mushroom has been used to treat cancers, as cordyceps have anti metastatic properties.
The anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of cordyceps sinensis mycelia extract CS4 greatly help in boosting the human immune system, and hence can be beneficial in maintaining and even augmenting one’s overall health. Cordyceps is also believed to slow down aging so, for that forever young look, you know what to do!
Though a photographer’s delight, cordyceps are not really a pretty sight and I doubt many would be intrepid enough to try and eat them as they are, but thankfully they are available in both tablet, and capsule form, so definitely easy to ingest!
Main Health Benefits of Cordyceps Sinensis Fungus
Let us see how exactly this fungus from the Orient can help us live longer and better.
Can’t reach for that yummy looking dessert? Cordyceps extracts contain polysaccharides that have strong anti oxidant properties, which have a hypoglycemic effect on the body. Cordyceps thus effectively controls diabetes by improving glucose metabolisation and increasing insulin sensitivity.
The anti inflammatory property of cordyceps enable it to relax the bronchial walls and is therefore very effective in fighting common respiratory illnesses like cough, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary emphysema, pneumonia, tuberculosis and asthma.
Kidneys, Lungs and Liver
Cordyceps help in improving the body’s blood circulation and so, sees to it that the various organs of the body can perform their normal functions. It strengthens the organs and helps in reducing phlegm and internal bleeding. It acts as a diuretic and thus is an effective weapon against hepatitis, renal fibrosis and chronic kidney disease.
Clinical studies have shown that cordyceps is beneficial to the heart. It considerably improved heartbeat, cardiac output and stroke volume, and was especially helpful to patients with ventricular arrhythmia.
Immunity and Vitality
Cordyceps extracts have long been used in China as an aphrodisiac and to boost immunity, thus aiding in the treatment of conditions like arthritis. It is said that regular intake of cordyceps extracts in capsule or tablet form promotes the production of testosterones in men. As mentioned earlier, the CS4 extract has anti inflammatory properties, which increases resistance to several strains of virus and bacteria.
Cordyceps benefits cell production and enhance cellular oxygen intake and soothes the nervous system: in simple words, now we know the secret behind China’s medals haul in the Olympics!
The above mentioned functions of this wonder mushroom go a long way in reducing stress and fatigue, and help you sleep better. Not only will this help in just improving your general health, it will also enable you to perform better at whatever is your profession.