Medicinal Mushrooms Day 3: Cordyceps

In our last piece, you found out about one of the oddest-looking mushrooms around: chaga. You also discovered why you shouldn’t judge it by its weird appearance. Chaga delivers five major health benefits.

Today’s mushroom is a bit different. We first brought it to your attention a few weeks ago… but its benefits deserve another look.

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have used cordyceps mushrooms for centuries. There are more than 400 known species of it. Each one of them looks strange, like an alien carrot. But just like chaga, looks can be deceiving. This is one of the most beneficial mushrooms out there.

Here are five ways cordyceps mushrooms can boost your health…

Increased immunity. Cordyceps contain a unique compound called cordycepin. This is what gives cordyceps their immune-boosting benefits. But cordycepin is just one of many anti-inflammatory compounds in cordyceps. These compounds can make cordyceps beneficial for people with inflammatory conditions, including Crohn’s disease, arthritis and asthma.

Better athletic performance. You might not be training for a marathon or a spot on an NFL team next season. But just about everyone can benefit from some extra energy. Studies show that cordyceps can improve physical abilities, stamina and endurance. This is because they increase ATP production. It’s one of your body’s primary energy sources during exercise. More ATP, more energy.

Better sex. Sure, we all want to perform better on the treadmill. But let’s face it, a payoff in the bedroom is even better. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have used cordyceps for centuries to treat low sex drive. And modern science shows they were on to something. That’s because cordyceps are shown to support vasodilation. This process regulates blood flow. It actually works in a similar way to popular ED drugs. That’s how it got the name “Himalayan Gold.”

A stronger heart. Recent studies have found that cordyceps have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. Animal research shows they decrease “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. High levels of these are linked to greater risk of heart disease. But if that doesn’t impress you, consider this… Cordyceps are rich in a compound called adenosine. It plays a critical role in heart function, including heart rate and blood flow. This is why cordyceps are approved in China for the medical treatment of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat.

Fight aging. Older adults around the world have traditionally used cordyceps to feel stronger and reclaim their sex drive. Researchers believe this is because of their antioxidant content. And when you look at the latest research, it makes sense. Animal studies have found that the antioxidants in cordyceps helped older mice improve their memory. Mice given cordyceps in another study lived several months longer than mice that didn’t. The results might not translate perfectly to humans. But we believe it’s a dice worth rolling.

Here’s the thing… You’re not going to want to eat it. First of all, they’re very difficult to harvest. They can run you more than $9,000 per pound. So you’re not going to see them in the produce section at your local megamart.

The good news is that it’s easy to find quality cordyceps supplements. You may see it as an ingredient in athletic performance formulas, by itself or in a mushroom blend.

We recommend keeping it simple. Stick with safe, natural products that use cordyceps and other proven health-boosting mushrooms. You can find them online and in most health food stores.

Keep an eye on your inbox. Next issue, we’re going to reveal one of the most powerful cancer-killing mushrooms on the planet.

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