Cordyceps – The Caterpillar Fungus
Cordyceps also known as the caterpillar fungus is one of the most highly prized natural medicine and it’s been use for thousands of years. Cordyceps is known for helping people to recover from stress and exertion. It can improve digestion and strengthen immunity.
Since Cordyceps mushroom enhance oxygen absorption, it is good for people suffering from asthma and bronchitis. Cordyceps improves mental and physical performance.
Cordyceps boosts the activity of macrophages and natural killer cells that inhibit different types of cancer like leukemia, breast, prostate and others.
Studies showed that Cordyceps regulates blood sugar and helps to lower total cholesterol by 10–21% and at the same time, it helps to increase HDL cholesterol (‘good’ cholesterol) by 27–30%.
Benefits of Cordyceps
Hey guys. Dr. Axe here, Doctor of Natural Medicine and founder of DrAxe.com.
In this video, I’m going to share with you the many benefits of cordyceps mushrooms and other medicinal mushrooms.
Now, cordyceps have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 4,000 years, and there they’re known as an adaptogenic food. Adaptogens help your body deal with stress.
They lower cortisol levels, which is very important, no matter what type of disease you’re fighting. In fact, when my mom was diagnosed with cancer, I had her take a supplement of medicinal mushrooms that included cordyceps to help her fight and actually beat cancer, and help her overcome her chronic fatigue syndrome and other health conditions she was experiencing.
Now one of the main reasons why cordyceps work is that they contain a certain type of polysaccharide that helps with cellular communication. Cellular communication is key when it comes to healing your body.
So one of the things that these mushrooms do, cordyceps specifically, is they actually talk to your cells and certain cells, they tell them to turn off. So cancer cells, they cause something called apoptosis, which is programmed cell death, which means they get into your body, they go and they actually target and kill off tumors and cancer cells.
The other amazing thing about cordyceps is, because they’re adaptogenic and they can balance out cortisol, they’ve also been shown to boost energy levels and improve endurance. In fact, a recent study done on mice found that those mice that were fed cordyceps mushrooms actually had greater endurance when swimming, actually by over 50%. So we saw major, major changes in endurance.
That’s why today cordyceps mushrooms can be used for everything from asthma to athletic performance, to even treating other sort of respiratory issues, and for naturally increasing energy levels.
So again, as you can see here, a lot of benefits of cordyceps. One of the most unique things about medicinal mushrooms, not just including cordyceps, but also reishi, shiitake, lion’s mane, and turkey tail, is that they have a cleansing benefit and detoxification benefits. In fact, they’ve actually been shown to cleanse the earth.
In fact, a recent researcher, Paul Stamets, he has a great TED Talk, where he talks about how mushrooms can save and heal the planet. Reason being is they’re able to recycle and actually cleanse the earth of toxic heavy metals and chemicals. Imagine this. It works in your body the exact same way. If you’ve been exposed to or you have any sort of toxicity issues, heavy metal poisoning, these medicinal mushrooms like cordyceps, when they’re inside your system, can help detoxify and cleanse the liver, detoxify and cleanse the colon and kidneys. So they are amazing detoxifying agents.
So again, if you want to boost your energy levels, fight cancer, increase your endurance, and cleanse and detoxify your liver and your entire body, I highly suggest getting some medicinal mushrooms in your diet, especially cordyceps, which have been shown to have tremendous benefits when it comes to balancing out those cortisol levels.
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