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The extreme unlikelieness of this remote, rare, and insignificant fungus's claim to fame speaks volumes in and of itself as to its value and potency.
Cordyceps extract has been valued in China for almost two thousand years as an aphrodisiac and general vitalizing tonic. The first recorded mention of Cordyceps extract appears in the Chinese work “The Classic Herbal of the Divine Plowman” from about 200 A.D. 2 Modern works have reaffirmed this traditional wisdom. 3
Later research in China and Japan has indicated that it possesses important anti-tumor and immune stimulating properties. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Several studies suggest its usefulness in the treatment of leukemia. 13, 14, 15, 16 In 2002 began the initial Phase I screening of cordycepin by the U.S. National Institute of Health as a possible treatment of leukemia.
One clinical study on Cordyceps extract showed a 64% improvement in the sexual performance of men with sexual dysfunction. 17 The underlying reason for Cordyceps’ effect as an aphrodisiac may be that it appears to help increase blood-flow by dilating blood vessels. 18, 19
Cordyceps extract also appears promising for cardio-vascular health by reducing cholesterol and acting as a general cardiotonic, 20 as well as aiding the kidneys 21 and liver (post-hepatitic cirrhosis). 22
Cordyceps made sports headlines in 1993 when a group of nine Chinese women credited the mushroom for their world records set at the Chinese National Games that year. 27, 28
Cordyceps extract is a confirmed source of anti-oxidants, 29 polysaccharides, and a large host of other newly discovered nutritional compounds, 8, 30, 31 plus certainly many others that are yet to be discovered.
In his book "Mycelium Running," health supporting mushroom expert Paul Stamets also lists the following areas where research has shown Cordyceps extract to have a beneficial effect: Bacteria; Viruses; Blood Pressure; Respiratory Conditions; Nerve Tonic; Stress; Lung Cancer; 134 Lymphoma. 34
Note: Our Cordyceps extract comes from mycelia grown in the United States on vegetable media, not on caterpillar carcasses. This helps to assure a purer, more consistent product, free from any other contaminating molds or bacteria. We believe the mycelia to contain a higher concentration of active compounds than the fruiting bodies of the mushrooms. 29 The controlled cultivation also prevents the mistaken error of species confusion that sometimes happens with wild-harvested Cordyceps. 1, 32, 33
Known active compounds:
Cordycepic acid (mannose)
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