Cordyceps is a medicinal mushroom with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Cordyceps has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine and is now available in the United States as a dietary supplement.
The genus Cordyceps contains 400 species, the vast majority of which are indigenous to Bhutan, China, Korea, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. The most well-known medicinal species is Cordyceps sinensis (now known officially as Ophiocordyceps sinensis). The body of the mushroom is long and finger-like, and it is typically brown or orangish-brown in color.
Cordyceps is frequently promoted in alternative medicine as a natural energy booster. Supporters of cordyceps also claim that it can help with asthma, depression, diabetes, fatigue, high cholesterol, and upper respiratory tract infections.
Cordyceps increases libido, slows the aging process, and may also protect against cancer, according to some herbalists. Few of these claims are well supported by research.
Benefits of Cordyceps:
1.Improve physical ability
Cordyceps is thought to boost the body’s production of the molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is needed to supply energy to muscles.
This improves the body’s use of oxygen, especially during exercise.
- Anti-aging treatment
Cordyceps is considered a traditional Chinese anti-aging herb, and scientists are now proving this to be true. According to researchers, their antioxidant content may explain their anti-aging potential.
- May Help Control Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is a condition in which the body either does not produce insulin or becomes resistant to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that transports glucose into cells and converts it into energy.
If the body doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t respond well, glucose doesn’t get into the cells and stays in the blood. Too much glucose in your blood can lead to serious health problems over time.
Cordyceps helps control blood sugar levels by mimicking the action of insulin. Cordyceps has been shown to lower blood sugar levels in several studies on diabetic mice.