Cordyceps May Provide Stamina & Vitality
Our living environment has become increasingly more polluted, our diets unhealthy with processed foods that are full of preservative, harmful fats, refined carbohydrates, and sugars which fill our stomach but do not nourish our body optimally. On top of that, we are leading very busy, hectic, and stressful lifestyles. Even though we boast to have the best and modern time-saving electrical gadgets and appliances most people are left with no time or no stamina for exercise which everyone knows is vital for health.
All these have put a great deal of strain on our immune system which has to constantly function on a hyper mode, trying hard to neutralize the environmental pollutants we are exposed to and ingested
toxins from foods and drugs,
trying to help your body maintain a state of homeostasis or balance for optimum health. When this physiological balance is not restored, the common physical symptoms that will manifest are:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Aging prematurely
The immune system is a complex network of specialized cells and organs such as the spleen, thymus, and bone marrow that defense against any foreign viruses or bacterial when they invade your body. We get sickly easily because of an impaired immune system. T-cells is a product of the thymus gland which protects you against harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites, but it shrinks as we age, reducing the production of T-cells. This is why it's so important to boost your immune system as you get older to avoid sickness. Many are searching for natural healthy diets, nutrition supplementation, and exercise to nourish and strengthen their immune system to work more efficiently.
The discovery of medicinal mushrooms such as cordyceps and Ganoderma lucidum (reishi) or Lingzhi has been documented in many reputable studies on their ability to restore our bodies' balance and natural resistance to disease.
What is Cordyceps?
Cordyceps or Cordyceps Sinensis is a rare parasitic organism that grows primarily on the Tibetan plateau at high altitudes of 14,000 feet. In Chinese, its name means 'winter worm, summer grass' or "caterpillar fungus." It is nature's cross marriage of the insect and plant kingdom. When it was first discovered about 2000 years ago the Chinese thought the herb was a worm. The fungus mushroom is a product from a type of fungus that parasites upon the larvae of the Chongcao bat moth and forms a fungus/larva composite body, and it takes five to seven years to complete its life cycle.
As part of the Chinese culinary delicacy, the cordyceps mushroom was used in soups and brews with pork and poultry. Due to its scarcity and high price, its use was reserved exclusively for the Emperor's Palace in China. Cordyceps has been recognized for centuries and has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). For generations, it has been considered the premier agent in the Chinese culture for:
- Restoring energy
- Longevity and quality of health
- Treating lung problems
- Strengthening kidney functions
In 1993, three women Chinese athletes set new world records in the National Games in China. Their coach attributed their success to intensive training and supplementation with the cordyceps mushroom. Today many scientific studies have proven the numerous health benefits from this fungus.
Recently, a small study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting (1999), showed that a cordyceps-based supplement (CordyMax, Pharmanex) significantly increases maximal oxygen uptake and anaerobic threshold, which may lead to improved exercise capacity and resistance to fatigue.
Everyone from young to old may enjoy the possible benefits from cordyceps mushroom which is sold in forms of its natural dry fruiting body, powdered form, tinctures, dietary supplement, or in tonic soups.
Elena Leong is a health enthusiast and adviser in holistic health, a certified Aromatherapist by International Federation of Aromatherapy UK(IFA), and the founder of http://www.1menopause.com –a website for women going through menopause. She has helped many to better health and vitality through holistic therapy and herbal nutrition supplements.
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