The potential Benefits of Cordyceps according to Current Research
Cordyceps benefits have been widely documented in scientific research. However, many centuries earlier, it had been traditionally used by folk healers, for example, to cure as many as 21 different health conditions.
In traditional Chinese medicine, more specifically, Cordyceps has been handpicked and dried for centuries in order to cure everything from kidney disease to low libido and diabetes. For a fact, many people today buy Cordyceps for the libido-boosting benefits alone.
Let’s explore more of Cordyceps’ benefits and what the current research says: Antioxidant
Antioxidants seems to be the buzzword in modern living because we can’t seem to get enough of this good stuff! They are essentially molecules responsible for protecting healthy cells against ageing and harmful environmental effects.
Extracts from Cordyceps militaris have shown promising potential as an antitumour and anticancer treatment, according to this .
Other studies, including this one, have shown how Cordyceps militaris can inhibit the growth of multiple cancers in human beings.
This in-depth study revealed that Cordyceps militaris exhibited potent antimicrobial, antioxidant and cytotoxic properties, helping to fight against tumours, and making its efficacy highly valuable in the health, medicine and food industry. Anti-inflammatory
Research has shown that when human cells were exposed to Cordyceps, proteins responsible for increasing inflammation in the body were suppressed, thereby leading to reduced inflammation.
Thanks to this inflammation suppression, researchers claim that medicinal mushrooms may very well serve as a powerful inflammatory drug and/or supplement. Anti-allergic
According to this study, medicinal mushrooms made from Cordyceps militaris can help modulate the airway inflammation found in asthma.
A mice study revealed how C. militaris can inhibit allergic responses and may be used as a therapeutic agent to cure and manage allergic diseases. Anti-diabetic
Cordyceps has a specific kind of sugar which may help people treat and manage Type II diabetes. The medicinal mushrooms, when taken in pill, capsule or extract form, can mimic how insulin works in the body. In multiple studies, such as this one and this one, Cordyceps was shows to lower blood sugar levels in mice.
According to this study, the inhibitory effects on blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, uric acid, and protein revealed the protection of Cordyceps militaris extracts against diabetic nephropathy, which was confirmed by pathological morphology reversion. Collectively, Cordyceps militaris extract, a safe pharmaceutical agent, presents excellent antidiabetic and antinephropathic activities. Anti-fatigue
Cordyceps has been known to help the body deliver better energy to working muscles, thereby reducing fatigue and exhaustion.
This in-depth mice study proves Cordyceps militaris’ efficacy as an anti-fatigue agent; while this study shows that when Cordyceps-containing medicinal mushrooms were given to young adults, there was an 11% increase in VO2 max levels. Anti-HIV
This study and this one demonstrated that the Cordyceps species exhibited anti-HIV effects, in addition to many others, such as the ones detailed above – anticancer, antioxidant, anti-tumour, anti-diabetic, etc. Anti-bacterial & anti-fungal
This study of Cordyceps shows that it has strong potential for acting as an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent. It also showed the potential for Cordyceps to help eliminate certain kinds of bacteria and fungus in the breast, large lung, colon and cervical region. Anti-Arthritic and Anti-Osteoporosis
The results in this study suggest that cordycepin can be a valuable bio-active compound for the treatment of osteoporosis and is able to prevent bone loss caused by estrogen deficiency.
To alleviate the symptoms of arthritis, glucocorticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and other biological agents are commonly used. Long-term use of these medicines reduces their efficacy and raises the likelihood of side effects. Recently, studies have been done in search of effective anti-arthritic medicines with increased therapeutic benefits and fewer adverse effects. Traditional herbal medicine, which has been proved to be more efficient, safer, and cost-effective, is gaining popularity in the treatment of arthritis. Cordycepin has also been shown to have a chondroprotective impact on osteoarthritis progression by inhibiting cartilage denegation and interfering with the inflammatory response.