Medi Mushrooms Cordyceps
How do cordyceps work?
Prized for their natural ability to fight free radicals, infections and inflammation, cordyceps are impressive disease-fighting mushrooms that have been used for centuries to reduce symptoms of respiratory disorders, coughs, colds, liver damage and much more. They’re a true “superfood” in the way that they fight the effects of aging and stress, help keep the body free from disease, and also increase energy levels.
Cordycep fungus is parasitic in nature because it grows on a type of caterpillar and then winds up eating its own host! The base of the mushroom forms from the insect’s larva and is dark brown to black, attaching itself to the organism and growing about six inches long. Once it fully matures, cordyceps actually consume more than 90 percent of the infected insect. They then swell up and enlarge to become about 300–500 milligrams in weight.
The first people to discover cordyceps’ benefits initially observed animals eating the wild fungus and growing strong in the process. Farmers and herders began to use the fungus in powder form and to make tonics and teas. Some of the first uses for these tonics were increasing milk production and improving reproductive capacity of livestock. Later on, people began drying cordyceps in sunlight to preserve their benefits.
It’s believed that the many anti-inflammatory benefits of cordyceps come from their ability to positively affect the immune system, fighting oxidative stress and stimulating protective cells that keep the body free from mutations (like cancerous cells) and infections. Studies have found that cordyceps can act like natural cancer treatments in some cases, preventing the growth of tumors (especially in the lungs and on the skin).
Considered a type of natural “immuno-potentiating drug,” cordycep supplements are now used to bring the immune system back to normal following life-threatening infections or illnesses. Cordyceps can help control autoimmune disorders, excessive inflammation and tissue damage while speeding up healing time. Additionally, research shows that cordyceps can act like mild stimulants or “adaptogen herbs,” fighting stress or fatigue and naturally increasing energy levels. Some of the most researched benefits of cordceyps also include improving athletic performance, increasing immunity against viruses and even promoting longevity.
“Elixir of Life”
- Builds up stamina for better endurance
- May optimize healthy sex drive
- Supports healthy balanced Cholesterol levels
- Supports mental clarity and focus
- Delays muscle fatigue
- Contains potent anti-oxidant properties
- Supports the immune system.
Bioactive Properties and Health Benefits:
- May increase the number of red blood cells (erythrocytes), that contain the pigment haemoglobin, this aids in transporting oxygen and carbon to and from the tissues, thereby enhancing physical endurance and resistance.
- Cardio-vascular tonic
- Assists the performance of cardiac muscle and improves the vasomotor function (constriction and dilatation) by strengthening the blood vessels
- Improves blood circulation
- Anti-hypertension effect
- Dilates (widens) coronary artery which increases blood flow.
- Plays a role as a calcium antagonist in lowering blood pressure and preventing angina pectoris and myocardial infarct.
- Increases the secretion of insulin
- Sex drive stimulant and Anti-impotence effect
- Suppresses the phasic and tonic contraction of corpus cavernosum penis
- Improves general sexual functions.
- Stomach and intestinal function tonic
- Assists in preventing the formation of stress related stomach ulcer
- Improves the function of digestive system
- Kidney tonic
- May prevents the toxic process in kidney
- Stimulates nephro-detoxication;
- Liver protection
- Prevents the formation of fibroid liver tissues
- reduces ascites (accumulation of liquid in abdominal area) caused by liver cirrhosis
- May normalise the biochemical status of the liver (GOT and GPT liver function tests)
- Anti tumour effect
- Can boost the function of a depressed immune system;
- Anti oxidant properties
- May assist in delaying the aging process by preventing the formation of peroxide lipids
- Can improve memory and concentration
- May prevent forgetfulness
- Diuretic properties
- Source of D-Mannitol, a sugar alcohol that is known as a usable osmotic diuretic agent
- Can be effective in relieving brain oedema (excess of watery fluid collected in the cavities or tissues of the body),brain pressure and ocular accentuation.