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Cathy Wong, ND

Cordyceps: A Magic Mushroom?

By November 23, 2012

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For thousands of years, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have used a medicinal mushroom known as cordyceps to fight fatigue and stimulate the immune system. Now widely available in supplement form, cordyceps is gaining popularity as a natural energy-booster and performance-enhancer.

So far, few clinical trials have looked at whether cordyceps can lift energy and improve exercise performance. While some research suggests that the antioxidant-rich mushroom can increase endurance, other studies show that cordyceps may be of little benefit to athletes.

Still, preliminary research indicates that cordyceps may hold promise for certain health conditions. In tests on animals, for instance, scientists have shown that the inflammation-fighting remedy may help protect against insulin resistance and slow up the aging process. What's more, there's some evidence that other medicinal mushrooms (such as maitake) may rev up immune defense and help fend off colds and flu.

Comments
November 24, 2012 at 9:13 pm
(1) todd says:

Medicinal mushrooms hold powers Western “doctors” are unfamiliar with. They have been in use for THOUSANDS of years in the East and many hundreds of years in Russia. America is asleep at the switch. As a crafter of Chaga mushroom extract, i have first hand evidence of its amazing powers. Anyone taking medicinal mushrooms is way ahead of the curve, and on the way to a long and healthy life!!! I

November 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm
(2) Synchronickity says:

Cordyceps get 5 stars from me. I bought some in pill form at a health food store. The first time I took them I noticed my vision sharpen to such a high degree that my eyes watered at how beautiful everything looked. I felt like I had enough energy to climb up a tree using only my arms – like enough energy to throw myself up like I was Tarzan. I didn’t try it, but the energy was tremendous. When it wore off a few hours later, I had a headache. Thats the only downside. Try some, Cathy.

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