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The Most Potent Healing Mushroom on This Planet
This mushroom is the most expensive in the world, with wild Cordyceps going for about $1,000 dollars per pound. Traditionally, only the Chinese emperor or the very upper class could afford it and if commoners were found to have some in their possession, they could be punished with the death penalty!
In the 1980’s, this mushroom was so overharvested that it almost became extinct. Thus, a domesticated version of this fungus has since been developed. Don’t worry, studies show that the cultivated form has all the power (but none of the insect larvae) that wild Cordyceps has. It’s simply bred from wild spores (both versions; militaris and sinensis) by using a type of fermentation technology.
Now that you know the important details regarding this fungus, let’s take a look at all the health benefits it can offer us.
1. Lung Support
Cordyceps is perhaps best known for the benefits it offers the lungs and respiratory system. This fungus relaxes and opens the airways, which explains why it has been used traditionally to treat problems such as bronchitis, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and emphysema. It contains anti-asthmatic properties and is a natural expectorant and cough suppressor.
The anti-inflammatory agents in this mushroom relax the bronchial walls and encourage the enhanced oxygen utilization. This means Cordyceps is the perfect mushroom for those with chronic lung disease, and help alleviate the symptoms of shortness of breath, coughing, or wheezing when breathing. One clinical study showed that when Cordyceps was given to 50 patients with asthma, it was very effective at reducing their symptoms. In fact, this study showed an average improved of 81 percent in just a 5 day period! Cordyceps also has no side effects whatsoever, unlike many pharmaceutical drugs.
As the Chinese women runners discovered, Cordyceps increases the capacity of the lung and its overall improvement in the utilization of oxygen by the lungs gives increased performance and stamina.
2. Improves the Immune System
Traditional Chinese medicine has long used this mushroom due to its energy improving adaptogens and immune modulating compounds. In fact, Cordyceps is such a potent adaptogen, it helps the body replenish the deep layers of immunity found in the bone marrow reserve. Cordyceps also contains an immunoregulatory ingredient called “codycepin,” which is unique to this mushroom and found nowhere else on the planet. Research shows that the nucleosides and polysaccharides in Cordyceps improves the immune system. It also contains powerful antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-tumor agents. Read more about natural remedies to improve the immune system.
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