11 December, 2021

Cordyceps: A Stamina Boosting Mushroom. Part 5

Cordyceps mushroom is a beneficial fungus that has been used as a herbal remedy for centuries. It is considered to have many health benefits, from increasing energy levels to boosting the immune system. This article will discuss some of its most significant benefits and why you need to incorporate it into your diet or supplement regimen.

Many people consider the Cordyceps mushroom an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body deal with stress and supports healthy function. This includes supporting optimal energy levels by increasing oxygen uptake and blood flow to cells throughout the body. It is also believed to help enhance mental focus and concentration.

Cordyceps should be stored in a dark place because they will break down when exposed to light. If you have a family member taking cordyceps, it's best not to keep it in the bathroom or kitchen because humidity can cause them to lose potency.

This is the final part of the cordyceps series. We have already discussed the numerous benefits associated with cordyceps consumption in the previous blogs. In part one, we covered general information, including the types of cordyceps and foraging. We also covered cordyceps mycelium and pricing.

In part two, we covered the nutritional qualities and properties. Under that section, we covered the essential ingredients of cordyceps mushroom. We also covered the medicinal properties of cordyceps and the many forms you can find them.

We covered cordyceps for lung health, brain health, asthma, energy and stamina, and hormonal health in part three. We also covered cordyceps for fatigue and workout. In our last blog, part four, we covered cordyceps for the immune system, cordyceps as a nootropic, and cordyceps benefits for men. We also covered cordyceps for erectile dysfunction, prostate health, women, and fertility in the same article.

In this article, as mentioned, we cover the last bits of cordyceps. You will learn about weight loss, cholesterol, anti-aging, endurance, yoga, and liver health. We have also discussed cordyceps and doping tests and general information.

Cordyceps and Staying Healthy

Some people don't realise it, but cordyceps can also help them stay healthy in their day to day life. If you have a desk job within an office, cordyceps can help reduce fatigue, and this is because cordyceps increase your energy levels and oxygen capacity.

Also, cordyceps are great for fighting off coughs and colds. Cordyceps aren't like other supplements that will claim that they can cure a common cold. Instead, cordyceps contain certain anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties which will stop you from getting sick in the first place.

Cordyceps may prevent side effects of radiation or chemotherapy. Many people go to the doctor and receive radiation or chemotherapy because they need to be cured of an illness. The side effects of these therapies are known to be horrible. One study found that low oxygen levels were one of the main causes for patients receiving radiation therapy to have nausea, fatigue or loss of appetite.

Cordyceps contain phytochemicals known as adenosine and coenzyme Q10, which increase oxygen storage capacity and help prevent or even cure radiation or chemotherapy side effects.

Cordyceps for Liver Health

Do you know how your liver is responsible for filtering toxins out of your body? This means that it's one of the hardest working organs in your body, increasing the chances of illness and disease. Well, studies show that taking cordyceps daily may improve overall liver function. Cordyceps have anti-inflammatory properties that protect against liver tissue damage and chronic liver inflammation. This is because of its immune-stimulating properties that fight off viruses, bacteria and germs.

Also, cordyceps protect against carbon and alcohol toxins which can accumulate and damage the liver. Cordyceps helps the body clear these toxins out faster, so it doesn't have to work as hard. This helps your liver stay healthy and recover from heavy days of drinking and poor eating choices.

All this talk about the liver makes us wonder if cordyceps can also detoxify your body? Do you know how other supplements like milk thistle will help you detoxify better by flushing out excess toxins from your body? Well, as it turns out, cordyceps help detoxify heavy metals like mercury and cadmium because cordyceps helps the liver increase its detoxification capacity by improving enzyme production.

Cordyceps for Yoga

Taking cordyceps is a little different from taking other supplements. You can take cordyceps to improve flexibility, balance, and circulation by doing yoga. Some poses that involve deep stretching will greatly benefit from cordyceps, and this is because cordyceps will increase your circulation and help your muscles recover faster from the poses.

Also, studies have shown how regular yoga practice can also slow down the conversion of fast-twitch muscle fibres to slow-twitch muscle fibres. This means that taking a supplement like cordyceps will make you stronger by adding more fast-twitch muscle fibres in the long run. For example, if you can do 100 push-ups in one day without taking cordyceps, you will be able to do 120 or more after six months of yoga practice and taking cordyceps.

Similarly, practising yoga poses may improve your breathing capacity. This is because certain poses like the "upward facing dog" pose lengthen the back of your neck. It's also beneficial to take cordyceps because it has anti-inflammatory properties which help your body recover faster after a workout.

Cordyceps for Weight Loss

Have you ever wanted to lose weight but think it's impossible? Have you tried so many diets and meal plans that your brain is fried and your stomach is turning every time you see a bowl of broccoli? If this sounds like you, then here is the perfect solution for you. Cordyceps may help with weight loss. This medicinal fungus has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Research on cordyceps shows that they may increase metabolism and energy. These effects on metabolism may be useful when trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Similarly, cordyceps have been known to improve cardiovascular health. This is important when trying to lose weight because your body must work harder when losing weight, and your heart has to pump more blood for your muscles to receive the oxygen they need, which will help you burn calories faster. Cordyceps also contain anti-inflammatory properties, which is useful because inflammation can significantly contribute to weight gain.

Therefore, if you are looking for a way to lose weight, want more energy, or improve your cardiovascular health, then cordyceps may help. To get the best results, experts recommend taking supplements like cordyceps powder. One major advantage of powders is mixing them with almost all kinds of meals and drinks.

Cordyceps for cholesterol

Recently, there has been a lot of buzz about cordyceps as an alternative for cholesterol-lowering medications. It has been observed that taking cordyceps can lower cholesterol and triglycerides. This is one of the most well-known benefits of cordyceps and may benefit those who need to lower their cholesterol.

If you have high cholesterol and try cordyceps, you may find that it helps lower your cholesterol. If this is the case, then take cordyceps daily.

Unfortunately, cordyceps do not work for everyone because they increase heart rate. Your body has to work harder when taking cordyceps, which means your heart needs to pump more blood. This may cause an uncomfortable increase in heart rate. If this is the case, then stop taking it. Do not force yourself to take a medicine that makes you feel bad or sick.

If your heart rate increases too much or does not decrease to an acceptable level, do not continue taking cordyceps because other medications are available to reduce your cholesterol and triglycerides. Remember, these medicines may not be for everyone, and you should consult a doctor first.

Cordyceps and Anti-ageing

You know that thing where people say they feel younger than their age? Well, it turns out there are some things you can do to achieve that. One of them is taking a supplement called cordyceps. It's been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and improve circulation. This helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your cells, improving your overall health.

Cordyceps are also known to help promote muscle recovery after exercise, and this is because it contains polysaccharides that stimulate the immune system. These substances also decrease pain and increase flexibility, which will allow you to be more active.

Also, cordyceps are known to help improve eyesight. You may not feel like your vision is getting worse (unless you wear glasses), but it's probably true. Because of this, taking cordyceps can help slow down age-related macular degeneration.

Additionally, it has been said that cordyceps can help with sleep. This is probably because of its anti-inflammatory properties, decreasing pain and allowing you to rest your body more easily.

Cordyceps for Endurance

If you want to run a marathon or hike a mountain, cordyceps can help. One of the main reasons for this is that cordyceps contain polysaccharides, increasing your body's ability to utilise oxygen more efficiently. This means that you can go long periods without taking a break to breathe, which is great for endurance activities.

Also, cordyceps are great because they have anti-inflammatory properties that help your body recover faster after heavy workouts or long runs. This also makes cordyceps beneficial for sports since they can increase your reaction time and decrease pain.

Similarly, if you've ever experienced "runner's knee" or sore calves after a long run, then cordyceps are probably good for you. These anti-inflammatory properties help your body recover faster so that you can run or exercise again sooner.

If you've ever had to take steroids, you may be aware that they can cause feelings of anger and anxiety. There's another way to help improve your endurance without having to take steroids; cordyceps.

Cordyceps and Doping Tests for Athletes

So you want to take cordyceps because of its performance-boosting effects. Well, did you know that taking a supplement like this may improve your ability to pass drug tests?

Cordyceps contains something called beta-glucans, which can help lower blood sugar levels. This means that you don't have to drink as much Gatorade or eat as many gels because your body is getting the necessary nutrients and energy it needs from the cordyceps itself.

Also, taking cordyceps can increase your ATP production, which allows you to perform physical tasks for a longer period. This is great news for athletes who want to improve their endurance and performance without taking illegal drugs.

Final Thoughts

Cordyceps is undoubtedly one of the most beneficial supplements on the market, and it's not like other homeopathic remedies that treat symptoms. Instead, cordyceps improve your overall health and strength by increasing oxygen uptake, stamina, endurance and balance.

Also, taking a supplement like cordyceps is better than taking an antibiotic. This is because cordyceps contain no chemicals or antibiotics that will damage your body over time.

The key to cordyceps health benefits lies in growing, processing, and storing. Because cordyceps are expensive, taking the wrong brands can do more harm than good. This is why you need to purchase your cordyceps from a reputable brand.

Further Reading

  1. Ahn YJ, Park SJ, Lee SG, Shin SC, Choi DH (2000) Cordycepin: selective growth inhibitor derived from liquid culture of Cordyceps militaris against Clostridium spp. J Agric Food Chem 48:2744–2748.
  2. Chen YC, Huang YL, Huang BM (2005) Cordyceps sinensis mycelium activates PKA and PKC signal pathways to stimulate steroidogenesis in MA-10 mouse Leydig tumor cells. Int J Biochem Cell Biol 37:214–223.
  3. Jo WS, Choi YJ, Kim HJ, Lee JY, Nam BH, Lee JD, Lee SW, Seo SY, Jeong MH. The anti-inflammatory effects of water extract from Cordyceps militaris in murine macrophage. Mycobiology. 2010; 38:46–51.
  4. Loknath Deshmukh, Rajendra Singh, Sardul Singh Sandhu, Broad Efficacy of Scavenging Free Radicals: Cordyceps spAntioxidants - Benefits, Sources, Mechanisms of Action [Working Title], 10.5772/intechopen.92918, (2021).
  5. Wang BS, Lee CP, Chen ZT, Yu HM, Duh PD. Comparison of the hepatoprotective activity between cultured Cordyceps militaris and natural Cordyceps sinensis. J Funct Foods. 2012; 4:489–495.
  6. Wang J., Chen C., Jiang Z., Wang M., Jiang H., Zhang X. Protective effect of Cordyceps militaris extract against bisphenol A induced reproductive damage. Syst. Biol. Reprod. Med. 2016;62:249–257.
  7. Zhang G, Huang Y, Bian Y, Wong JH, Ng TB, Wang H. Hypoglycemic activity of the fungi Cordyceps militaris, Cordyceps sinensis, Tricholoma mongolicum and Omphalia lapidescens in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 2006;72:11521-156.
  8. Zhong L., Zhao L., Yang F., Yang W., Sun Y., Hu Q. Evaluation of anti-fatigue property of the extruded product of cereal grains mixed with Cordyceps militaris on mice. J. Int. Soc. Sports Nutr. 2017;14:15.
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