Cordyceps Sinensis known as Ophiocordyceps, is a natural supplement promoting many benefits including immune support, increasing vitality and stamina, reducing stress, raising libido and enhancing athletic performance.
What is Cordyceps Sinensis Extract?
Cordyceps Sinensis (now known as Ophiocordyceps) is a natural supplement touting some very impressive health benefits that have only been noticed by Western Medicine in the last 20 years or so.
It is a caterpillar fungus which is produced from a fungus that grows on moth caterpillars. This fungus eventually kills it and mummifies it. It is than dried out and used as a herbal medicine. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as a mushroom.
Cordyceps Sinensis is mostly harvested in the Himalayas in China and has been used in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine for centuries to treat sexual dysfunctions including raising the libido in both men and women, fertility issues and well being and health.
Traditional healers also used it as a tonic for many illnesses since it was thought to improve endurance, appetite, energy levels and sleeping patterns.
Today, Cordyceps Sinensis is thought to have powerful anti-aging properties and acts as an antioxidant, fighting infections, inflammations and boosting the immune system.
Also, it is believed to be a natural remedy to reduce fatigue and increase energy levels and stamina. It is even used by athletes to improve their output during exercise and reduce recovery time after strenuous exercise.
It is easily reproduced indoors in laboratories and therefore available as an herbal supplement in liquid, capsules and powder forms.
Benefits of Cordyceps Sinensis Extract
There has been a limited amount of extensive human studies on the effects of Cordyceps Sinensis extract. However, it has displayed many medicinal properties in lab and animal studies and has shown some promising results.
It contains many plant chemicals and nucleosides that are thought to be used as anti-viral and anti-cancer agents. These include adenosine, uridine and thymine amongst others. Cordyceps also contains polysaccharides, cordycepin and certain vitamins and minerals.
Ophiocordyceps claims to be beneficial for a wide range of conditions. Further research is needed to determine whether it is effective in the use for;
- Reducing the risk of heart disease, high cholesterol and risks associated with obesity
- Enhancing libido in both males and females
- Boosting the immune system to mitigate the risk of bacterial and virus related infections and illnesses
- Potentially preventing the growth of tumors and inducing cell death (apoptosis). Seems to have promising activity against broad cancer cell lines (breast, colon, prostate and lymphocytic). More research needs to be done.
- Improving symptoms of respiratory disorders by relaxing the airways (chronic bronchitis, coughs, asthma)
- Supporting the liver and kidneys
- Minimizing nighttime urination
- Reducing dizziness and weakness
Other Uses for Ophiocordyceps Sinensis Extract
Ophiocordyceps Sinensis is believed to have key benefits for improving respiratory conditions, increasing stamina and energy levels, promoting vitality, supporting the immune system and slowing down the aging process.
This supplement contains adenosine, which is needed to produce ATP. This is the body’s primary source of energy during exercise and may help active or non-active people improve physical abilities and ouput for a longer period of time by increasing oxygen levels. This may also help to boost circulation, battle fatigue and reduce muscle aches.
Ophiocordyceps Sinensis is also thought to help boost the immune system due to its content of polysaccharides and nucleosides. These may help lower inflammation, which is the main root for many diseases and may have benefits on the respiratory, cardiovascular and reproductive systems.
This supplement is also used as an adaptogen. This is a compound that is thought to help the body adapt to external or internal stress. When you have less stress, you also have more mental energy and vitality.
The effectiveness of this supplement on improving all of the above is based on traditional use. There needs to be more clinical evidence to support how it actually works.
Side Effects of Cordyceps or Ophiocordyceps Sinensis Extract
This supplement is considered safe to use for most people. Mild stomach aches have been reported and it is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.
Cordyceps may interact with any medications used for auto-immune diseases. Also, if you are taking auto-immune depressants, any medications for/or are susceptible to bleeding and/or clotting or thinners. it is not recommended.
Please speak to your doctor first before taking Cordyceps.