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Ancient Chinese Longevity Herb

 

Cordyceps is a centuries-old Chinese herb that in ancient times was very rare and reserved only for dignitaries and wealthy people. A classical 17th century medical text by a master Chinese druggist stated that Cordyceps was even more powerful than Ginseng or Reishi when it comes to treating a wide variety of health problems.

Cordyceps has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat fatigue and other ailments for over 1500 years. Of the twelve strains of Cordyceps grown in China, the Cordyceps Sinensis is the most potent and famous strain. Wild Cordyceps Sinensis grows high in the Tibetan plateau at elevations over 13,000 feet and in very small quantities. It sells for around $1000 per kg (US).

About twenty years ago, the Chinese Medicine and Science Academy began research that lead to the development of a technique for producing a significant strain of Cordyceps Sinensis in a laboratory environment. Using fermentation technology, Cordyceps Sinensis is now produced in large quantities at a very reasonable cost with the same medicinal properties as wild Cordyceps.

 

Health Benefits

 

Since the early 1990s, Cordyceps has become more widely known for its ability to increase physical stamina. In 1993, at the World Track & Field Meeting in Stuttgart Germany, China's Wang Junxia broke the world record in the 10,000 meter race by an astounding 40 seconds at 29 minutes and 31.78 seconds. Since then she has broken several world records in distance races. She performed so well that officials suggested she might have been using illegal steroids. But testing proved she wasn't using illegal substances. She attributed her success to rigorous training and a special herbal drink she took after each training session. Her secret - Cordyceps Sinensis!

Cordyceps contains many amino acids, minerals, vitamins, trace elements and its own unique active compounds such as adenosine, cordycepic acid, and polysaccharides. Adenosine is an energy carrier that helps support the transfer of energy throughout the body. Cordycepic acid seems to improve circulation. The polysaccharides help boost the immune system.

Modern researchers have found that Cordyceps seems to help improve respiratory and heart functions, reduce kidney and liver conditions, support the immune systems, increase energy levels, and enhance sexual function. Also, Cordyceps may have a positive effect on memory, appetite, and sleep patterns.

 

Cordyceps

 

Cordyceps is a unique nutritional herb that has been used for many centuries in China, Japan, and other Asian countries. From a nutritional viewpoint, Cordyceps is a well-balanced nutritious whole food. Each vegetarian capsule contains 500 mg of Cordyceps Sinensis and 20 mg of Lipase. Cordyceps is processed with a proprietary PhytoCell™ process that pulverizes the fruiting body into extra-fine sub-micro powder. This PhytoCell™ process breaks through the spore walls to release more and higher amounts of the bioactive compounds in the mushroom.

Suggested Dosage:
 
For usual adult dosage: take one to two capsules daily or as directed, preferably with meals.
 
Ingredients:
 
Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 capsule
  Amount Per Serving % DV
Cordyceps Sinensis 500 mg *
Lipase 20 mg
*
Other Ingredient: Cellulose (capsule)
* Daily Value not established
Vegetarian Capsules
Capsule Size #0
Nothing in this product is of animal origin.
 
Scientific Studies:
 
The results of a double-blind study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in February 2002, showed how Cordyceps affected a group of 110 healthy sedentary adults when tested for energy and endurance. In the study, 55 subjects took 3 grams of Cordyceps daily. The other group took a placebo. At the end of 12 weeks, the first group could ride a bike 2.8% longer than at the beginning of the study. The placebo group showed a 5.6% decrease in their ride times.

An article published in the May 2001 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise documents the results of a double-blind study conducted on 30 male athletes. In the study, athletes were given a daily dose of a placebo or 4.5 g. of Cordyceps. During the study, the athletes maintained their same exercise routine. After six weeks, the oxygen intake of the athletes taking Cordyceps was almost double that of the placebo group. This additional oxygen intake helped the athletes exercise more efficiently. In May 1999, another article published in the same journal reported on the results of a study with 30 healthy elderly Chinese. The subjects were given either a placebo or 3 g. of Cordyceps every day. At the end of six weeks, the Cordyceps group exhibited a 9% increase in aerobic capacity, which researchers believe produced higher energy levels. The placebo group saw no change in their energy level.

An article published in the Chinese Journal o Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine in 1992 reported that Natural Killer (NK) cell activity was greatly enhanced for patients taking Cordyceps. Normal patients experienced a 74% increase in NK cell activity and in leukemia patients NK cell activity increased by 400%. This increase in NK cell activity is helpful for boosting the immune system. The level of the NK cells determines how well the body can fight infections and diseases.

The anti-aging attributes of Cordyceps were reported in a placebo-controlled clinical study in the Journal of Applied Traditional Chinese Medicine. In this study, elderly patients suffering from fatigue and senility related symptoms showed significant improvement after taking Cordyceps Sinensis for 30 days. They reported a 92% reduction in fatigue, an 83% reduction in dizziness, and an 89% reduction in cold tolerance. There was no change reported in the placebo group.

In three separate double blind, placebo-controlled studies done in China, male participants with reduced libido and other sexual problems were given either 3 g. of Cordyceps Sinensis per day for 40 days or a placebo. At the end of the study, the placebo group reported a 24% improvement in their sex drive. The Cordyceps group experienced a 64% improvement.

The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, December 2005 issue, published a Chinese study suggesting that the polysaccharides in Cordyceps had antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Studies conducted by the Chinese government show that Cordyceps seems to help 1) promote more restful sleep, 2) enhance stamina and endurance, 3) boost mental clarity, 4) fight free radical damage and signs of premature aging, 5) maintain healthy blood pressure, 6) improve resistance to colds and flu, 7) effectively manage stress, and 8) improve sexual function.

 

References:

Coa A., Wen Y., Journal of Applied Traditional ChineseMedicine (1:32-33); 1993.

Chung-Kuo Chung, His I., Chieh Ho, Tsa Chih. Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine (12(5): 267-269); 1992.

Gravelin, Rich. "Boost energy with Cordyceps: this Chinese fungus helps athletes go further." Natural Health: Weider Publications; August 2002.

Nicodemus, K., et al. "Supplementation With Cordyceps Cs-4 Fermentation Product Promotes Fat Metabolism During Prolonged Exercise." Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (33:5); May 2001.

Uhland, Vicky. "Cordyceps: this nourishing superfungus offers modern-day cures for the immune, heart and respiratory systems." Better Nutrition: Primedia Company: Illinois; June 2006.

Xiao, Y., et al. "Increased Aerobic Capacity in Healthy Elderly Humans Given A Fermentation Product Cordyceps Cs-4." Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (31:5); May 1999.

Zhu J.S., Halpern George, Jones K. "The Scientific Rediscovery of an Ancient Chinese Herbal Medicine: Cordyceps Sinensis - Part 1." Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (4(3): 289-303); 1998.

 

Resources:

Halpern, George. "Cordyceps: China's Healing Mushroom." Avery Publishing Group: New York; 1999.

Udall, Kate Gilbert. "Cordyceps Sinensis." Woodland Publishing: Utah; 1999.

Customer Reviews Average Rating review
Cordyceps
I had a cough for ten years. You would have thought I had throat cancer. I started taking Cordyceps for something else and my cough went away. I stopped with the Cordyceps and the cough came back. So I now stay on the Cordyceps, and almost never cough.
Reviewed by: Gary Bauman from Marengo, IL . on 1/7/2014
I Feel Blessed
Hi – I will never be without Cordyceps – my knee was so painful & I could hardly walk --- due to having had "lymes"! A friend got me on Cordyceps & I felt relief in a couple weeks & kept on and – presto! My pain is gone. Praise the Lord. Y'all have a sweet day!
Reviewed by: Ruth Yutzy from Hillsboro, WI. on 12/16/2013
Cordyceps
Cordyceps done wonders for my hurting knee - I could hardly walk anymore - it took out the inflammation & the pain! I walk pain free! Praise the Lord! Now I have 2 friends that want to get on them for their knee issues. I pray it will help them! Have a special day, in Jesus!
Reviewed by: Ruth Yutzy from Hillsboro, WI. on 7/11/2013
CORDYCEPS
I was introduced to Rgarden Products about 10 years ago. I especially found the Cordycepes to be of great significance and importance in my supplements menu. As all know it is especially potent for the immune system. As an educator mingling among students during the hard and cold winters in Canada, one usually gets a number of colds over the winter season, however in the last 10 years maybe I had one. In addition I believe it supplies me with a great dose of energy.
Reviewed by: Peninah from Thornhill, Ontario-Canada. on 12/29/2012
New to my regime
I have been using your fabulous products for 18 years and have just added the Cordyceps this year now that I am 45. I already have a lot of energy and great digestion and good skin BUT, this product gave me even more sustained energy. Thanks!
Reviewed by: Laura S. from Petaluma, CA. on 5/31/2011
Perfect for laryngitis and common cold
I'm using rgarden cordyceps since 2007 and i'm very satisfied. It helped me with laryngitis, common cold and it improved me my imunity so, that I don't see my doctor about three years.
Reviewed by: Martin Strbik from KE, Slovakia. on 5/28/2011
Cordyceps
I have been taking Cordyceps now for about 4 years, and I only buy it from R Garden, due to the company's strict manufacturing standards. I originally bought it after reading several reviews written, primarily because of the improvement in sleep. I have noticed this in my own life when I take it once daily. If I happen to run out of it, I can tell the difference right away! I have found that if I take Cordyceps twice a day, it actually makes me TOO sleepy! Thanks for making such a great product; I really love it, and the fact that it is all natural is a big plus as well!
Reviewed by: Marcia Camp from Aurora, Colorado. on 5/27/2011
Cordeceps Means a Lot to My Life and Health
I cannot say enough about this product. Cordyceps has given me the strength to move and endure. I signed a disclosure to use it during the time that I received radiation treatment for salivary lymphoma in 2002, and it was the best decision I made. Thank you R-garden for this very effective supplement that has literally changed my life for better health, energy, and the ability to play with my 2 grandchildren.
Reviewed by: Gloria Morgan from Springfield, Virginia. on 5/27/2011
Cordyceps
I have been using Cordyceps for about 2 years now and well pleased with results. I would not go a day without them. I am 75 years old.
Reviewed by: Del W. from Summerville, SC. on 5/15/2011
cordyceps
Vynikajúci prostriedok na správnu reguláciu imunitného systému a dodania energie (Excellent means for proper regulation of the immune system and energy supply).
Reviewed by: Tibor Kucian from slovakia. on 5/5/2011
Cordyceps for Fibromyalgia
I have had Fibromyalgia for almost 20 yrs. I was in constant pain and no prescription pain medication ever worked for me. And believe me, I tried an awful lot of them. Ten years ago, a friend introduced me to Cordyceps. I was doubtful of my friend's promise that Cordyceps would help me deal with my FM pain. My FM pain was unbearable so I decided to take a leap of faith and started taking Cordyceps. After 2 weeks of taking Cordyceps, my pain eased by 80%!!! I have been taking Cordyceps daily for over 10 years now. It has made a big difference in my life! I do not take any other drug for my FM, I can honestly say that I don't have to. Cordyceps works for me. I trust RV Garden and Cordyceps. I would rather take an herb than a prescribed medication.
Reviewed by: Frances Cano from Medford, OR. on 5/1/2011
a long search to find rgarden cordyceps
I had a persistent, troublesome, noisy cough for years. Several doctors I saw were not interested, much less helpful. Never smoked, didnt have asthma. After much reading I began to study this strange and fascinating Chinese herb, Cordyceps. I tried many health food store brands with no effect, then finally found rgarden. Big difference! The cough slowly went away, breathing improved. Energy rose. Rgarden cordyceps made the difference. Everyone should try it.
Reviewed by: john mayfield from carlsbad, nm. on 11/28/2010
Cordyceps
I was diagnosed with high blood pressure about 2 years ago. I took the medication prescribed and didn't feel well on it. A friend recommended Cordyceps to me by chance. I've been taking it ever since and haven't had my pressure go up since. Also I have a lot more enery than I used to thanks to this product. And the savings are amazing.
Reviewed by: R.L. Barboza from Alton, TX. on 11/13/2010
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