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Cordycep, a parasitic fungi that has no mercy. They attack their hosts tissue until it takes over and sprouts long, slender stems that grow outside the host’s body.
There are more than 400 species of Cordyceps that have been discovered. Cordyceps sinensis and Cordyceps militaris are the two species that have been focused on for health research. Sporgy uses Cordycep militaris in our Mush Love Sun Tea.
This particular species are thought to increase the body’s production of the molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is essential for delivering energy to the muscles. This improves the way the body uses oxygen, especially while exercising. This is why Chinese Traditional Medicine uses Cordyceps to reduce fatigue and boost strength and sex drive.
Antioxidant & Anti-tumor
Researchers believe Cordyceps high antioxidant content has anti-aging potential as well as anti-tumor effects in several ways. In fact, during lab test-tube studies, Cordyceps have been shown to slow the growth of many types of human cancer cells, including lung, colon, skin and liver cancers. They also are known for reversing the side effects associated with many forms of cancer therapy like leukopenia, a condition in which the number of white blood cells (leukocytes) decreases, lowering the body’s defenses and increasing the risk of infection.
Interestingly, Cordyceps contain a special type of sugar that may help treat diabetes. They work to keep blood sugar levels within a healthy range by mimicking the action of insulin. This helps people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels in control, allowing the glucose to enter the cells and leave the blood.
Cordyceps are also a treatment for arrhythmia, a condition in which the heartbeat is too slow, too fast or irregular. Cordyceps may also have a beneficial effect on cholesterol level. Research has shown that Cordyceps decrease “bad” LDL cholesterol and decrease triglyceride levels (fat found in your blood) lowering risk of heart disease.
These fungi help fight inflammation in the body. Studies have shown that when human cells are exposed to Cordyceps, special proteins that increase inflammation in the body become suppressed. As research emerges on the effects of Cordyceps on heart health, the benefits of the fungi are becoming increasingly apparent.