The effect of the Chinese caterpillar fungus
Cordyceps is our friend when it comes to oursefficiency to increase.
And hecalms our nervous system - yes please!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What is Cordyceps Sinensis?
- Constituents of Cordyceps
- Effect of Cordyceps
- Performance increase and energy
- Brain, nervous system and depression
- Higher libido for both men and women
- Strengthening of Qi aka Anti Aging
- immune system
- fat metabolism
- side effects
What is Cordyceps Sinensis?
Cordyceps is a sac fungus and belongs to the group of parasitic fungi (more on that in the incredible story of the caterpillar fungus). In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) it has been used for thousands of years to strengthen and as an aphrodisiac.The scientific name Cordyceps comes from Greek "kordyle" = "club" and Latin "ceps" = "head". Hence the name Chinese caterpillar fungus.
It originally occurs in China, especially in Tibet at an altitude of 3,000-5,000 meters. It has a variety of effects on our organism. Today it is bred in the laboratory and is vegan. Why wasn't he vegan before?
Cordyceps sinensisis a remarkable and above all a strange mushroom. Heis a parasite, meaning it needs a host to survive. The caterpillar fungus prefers to attack the field mouse moth. Like a parasite, it feeds on the larvae of the caterpillars.
It grows out of the ground, the dead caterpillar remains on the ground and becomes the mushroom body itself. Only the small, club-shaped part of the mushroom is visible above ground.
The mushroom consists mainly of protein. 25-35%protein, including all essential onesAmino acids, glycoproteins and polysaccharides with pharmacological effects,nucleosides underneathcordycepin, a promising drug in cancer therapy, steroids, including ergosterol.
He has manyvitamins underneathB1, B2, B12, E and K,minerals, belowiron,copper,zinc andselenium.
The proven extraordinary ingredients of Cordyceps explain the variety of its effects and uses.
Effect of Cordyceps
Cordyceps has a variety of effects on our organism. Here is an excerpt of its effects, we will go into more later:
- high blood pressure
- against hair loss
- improvement of blood circulation
- stress and depression
- infectious diseases
- autoimmune diseases
- fertility in women
- prevention of cancer
- Prevention for osteoporosis
Performance increase and energy
In 1993-1995, Chinese track and field athletes set new records in a number of disciplines. Coach Ma attributed the Chinese athletes' exceptional performance to the use of the Cordyceps fungus, in addition to the training program.
Cordyceps works to increase performance and energy levels in two ways.
The fungus promotes energy production in each individual cell by acting directly on the power plants (the mitochondria) of the cells.
In addition, the Cordyceps mushroom improves the body's ability to use even the smallest oxygen supplies as well as possible.
The optimization of the energy state by the Cordyceps mushroom could then also explain the top performances of those athletes who had taken the mushroom alongside their training.
Because they toobrain cells of theimproved oxygen supply benefit, it becomes understandable why one also feels mentally clearer and the brain is more efficient.
In the head, cordyceps also has other effects, namely it improves mood.
Brain, nervous system and depression
Cordyceps regulates physiological processes in the central nervous system and increases the release of neurotransmitters in the brain.
He hasa strong connection to our nervous system. It improves his responsiveness and worksto anxiety and stress. Helift the mood, gives energy and has over the adrenal glandInfluence on the endocrine systemthat he can bring back into balance.
Cordyceps has an inhibitory effect on the enzyme monoamine oxidase (MAO).MAO inhibitors are commonly used to treat depressive moods and depression. Similar toJohannis herbs, whose antidepressant effect is also based on the inhibition of the enzyme MAO.
The Cordyceps mushroom has a high content of amino acids, especially L-tryptophanfrom whathappiness hormone in the brainserotonin will be produced.
It not only strengthens on a physical level, but also affects the soul, mind and nerves.
Everything—a strong body, calm nerves, a clear mind, and good humor—are essential to our libido and lovemaking. Here lies a very special strength of the Cordyceps mushroom.
Higher libido for men and women
Due to the greater availability of energy, signs of aging such as tiredness, dizziness, tinnitus, forgetfulness, sensitivity to cold and also decreasing libido and impotence can be treated.
What does Cordyceps do exactly?
The Cordyceps fungus influences our ability to love in different ways - in both women and men.
Cordyceps relaxes the smooth muscles in the erectile tissue of the penis. This allows blood to flow into the penis and cause an erection.
The fungus stimulates testosterone production by acting on the interstitial cells of the testicles.
Cordyceps acts directly on female and male reproductive organs (testicles and uterus).
Cordyceps promotes seed formation. Both the quality and the vitality of the sperm have been improved.
Cordyceps has a regulating effect on sex hormones - male and female.
Cordyceps is a real libido booster
Strengthening of Qi aka Anti Aging
The traditional use of cordyceps, however, is to protect and improve thekidney and lung function, the after theTCMclosely with thelife energy Qi is connected.
It is considered a rejuvenator. Scientific research according to Western medical standards has confirmed the effectiveness of Cordyceps against renal dysfunction.
Cordycepsregulates and balances the immune system.IntrudesWhen pathogens enter our body, our immune system is activated. However, its effect on the immune system is complex.
He supports oneUnder- and over-functioning of the immune system to balance. The production of defense cells and antibodies is stimulated by the fungus and the reaction of our defense system is strengthened. The medicinal mushroom can also provide supportautoimmune diseases be used.
Special polysaccharides are crucial here. The caterpillar fungus intercepts free radicals and is antioxidant. In addition, it stimulates the bioactivity of the body at the cellular level.
The body's defenses (killer cells, macrophages, T-helper cells and lymphocytes) are strengthened and can thus influence the immune response. Cordyceps is therefore in thecancer therapy used, both in addition to surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, as well as to mitigate the side effects.
Again, the fungus does not just work in one way, but in different ways. It is the combination of its different individual effects that are responsible for the success of Cordyceps intake:
Cordyceps stimulates the production of defense cells (T cells)
Cordyceps increases natural killer cell activity.
Cordyceps increases the production of antibodies so that intruders are recognized and fought by the immune cells.
Cordyceps stimulates the activity ofphagocytes on.
Cordyceps promotes the activity of immunostimulating, antiviral and antitumor substances.
Cordyceps enhances the effect of the body's own antioxidants.
Our lifestyle and increased calorie intake disrupt our metabolism and metabolic diseases such asdiabetes can arise. By affecting the adrenal gland and, consequently, ourendocrine system Cordyceps has a positive influence on our metabolism, it has a stimulating effect, counteracts food cravings and can be used for thyroid problems - especially for hypofunctions (hypothyroidism).
Cordyceps is best taken in the morning with breakfast. The vitalizing and energizing effect can usually be felt after a relatively short time after ingestion.
For onetherapeutic effect, Cordyceps should definitely be taken between 4 to 6 weeks. After that, you can take a break of about 2 weeks before taking it again as a cure for 4 to 6 weeks.
Studies have shown that the effect of Cordyceps is linearly dose-dependent, which means that the more Cordyceps is taken, the greater the effect.
What is the best way to take Cordyceps?
We have itCordyceps as a tincture and in oneextract blend. Depending on which effect is to be achieved, the type of intake and the amount vary. In order to achieve a preventive effect, both the3 mushrooms + He Shou Wu Mixture, as well as the tincture.
If I want to take the mushroom as a cure to tackle an existing health "problem", theCordyceps tincture to get voted. This is a very potent essence mixture that is obtained in a 4-phase extraction process.
If you are in Vienna and want to try the tincture or the extract mixture and convince yourself of the energizing effect, then stop by our HerBARium on the Hoher Markt for a mushroom latte.
Cordyceps mushroom is suitable for almost everyone.
It is neither a drug nor a risky medicinal plant that would have to be dosed carefully, so there are (almost) no risks associated with its intake.
Trials have shown that even at very high doses, there are no serious side effects. A "high dose" is about 80 grams per kilogram of body weight, which equates to an intake of 5.6 kilograms of Cordyceps for a 70 kg person.
Caution should be exercised if you are one of those people who use asthma sprays with beta-2 sympathomimetics. Cordyceps also has a relaxing effect on the smooth muscles of the airways, so it has a similar effect to the drug and can possibly intensify its effect.
Caution should also be exercised in the case of hormone-dependent cancers such as breast or prostate cancer. Cordyceps, as discussed above, can increase testosterone and estrogen levels.
It is best to consult your doctor here.
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