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Coping with life's everyday challenges can sometimes get the best of us. Particularly, if our health is not as robust as it should be. Researchers believe that the high stress of today's lifestyles is likely the major factor causing premature aging and chronic health problems. Three dietary supplements that seem to help offset some of these negative consequences are Cordyceps, Ginseng, and Rhodiola.

Cordyceps - Cordyceps has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat fatigue and other ailments for over 1500 years. Modern researchers have found that Cordyceps seems to help improve respiratory and heart functions, reduce kidney and liver conditions, support the immune system, increase energy levels, and enhance sexual function.

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. 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. Also, Cordyceps may have a positive effect on memory, appetite, and sleep patterns. From a nutritional viewpoint, Cordyceps is a well-balanced nutritious whole food.

Ginseng Of all the ancient remedies, ginseng is perhaps the most widely used. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years as an herb to treat and prevent a wide variety of human ailments. In early Chinese medicine texts, ginseng is classified as a "superior" herb due to its ability to promote longevity and vitality. Ginseng is considered an adaptogen for its ability to help the human body increase its resistance to chemical, physical and biological stress while helping to improve general vitality (both physical and mental).

The three major varieties of ginseng are Asian ginseng (panax ginseng), American ginseng (panax quinquefolius), and Siberian ginseng (eleutherococcus senticosus). Of these, the Asian ginseng or Panax ginseng is native to China and Korea and is one of the most widely used herbs in the world.

Ginseng has the unique ability to be bi-directional. It can either simulate or relax depending on what the body needs. It helps bring the body into balance.

The major components of Panax ginseng are ginsenosides which seem to have several positive health benefits. Several clinical research studies concluded that Panax ginseng appears to provide positive improvement for the central nervous system, cardiovascular system and endocrine system, immune system, and helps reduce stress and slow down aging. Other studies showed 1) improvement in performance of athletes, 2) enhancement of mental performance, learning time, and memory, 3) lowering of fatigue and stress in chronic cases, 4) normalizing of blood conditions, and 5) improvement of sexual function.

Rhodiola Rhodiola crenulata, also known Crenulin, Arctic root, or Golden root, has been used for centuries in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia. The root of the plant was used in traditional folk medicine as a remedy to improve endurance and productivity, prolong life span, lessen high altitude sickness, improve gastrointestinal ailments, lessen fatigue and depression, and support the nervous system.

Recent research on Rhodiola has documented several important health benefits for the human body. These possible benefits include enhanced use of oxygen, strengthening of the heart due to improved oxygen use, enhanced absorption of nutrients, reduction of stress, and positive antioxidant effects. Rhodiola is commonly referred to as an adaptogen due to its ability to help the human body adapt to physical and mental stress and still maintain general vitality. In Russia and China, Rhodiola has been used to improve physical strength and mental clarity by athletes, astronauts, and others in oxygen critical environments.

Rhodiola seems to support and stimulate the body's immune system in two areas. First, by stimulating the creation of Natural Killer Cells which destroy infected cells and by helping increase the body's resistance to toxins. Second, by helping the body cope with stress. Researchers believe that stress weakens the immune system and lowers the body's ability to fight attacks from bad bacteria or viruses. And, over time this can result in a decline in one's health and vitality.

One final thought on Chinese herbs; they work slowly to help the body achieve balance and address the issue(s) most critical to it. So, be consistent when taking them and have patience as you observe the changes to your health.

These three Chinese herbs have a long history of helping improve a myriad of health conditions from enhancing appetite to reducing stress. They are certainly worthy of your consideration as you seek solutions to improve the quality and longevity of your life.


Cordyceps Plus


Cordyceps Plus contains a unique blend of Cordyceps Sinensis, Panax Ginseng, and Rhodiola. Each vegetarian capsule contains 500 mg.

Suggested Dosage:
Take one capsule three times per day with meals or as desired.
Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container: 180
  Amount Per Serving % DV
Cordyceps Sinensis - Mycelium 200 mg *
Panax Ginseng - Whole Herb
200 mg *
Rhodiola - Root
100 mg *
Vegetarian Capsules
* Daily Value not established
Other Ingredients: Rice Flour and Cellulose (capsule).
Nothing in this product is of animal origin.
Scientific Studies:
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 adults. 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.

In a double blind study of 625 people, with an average age under 40, the effects of Panax ginseng on general well-being was tested. The subjects taking ginseng reported significant improvement in quality of life measurements compared to the placebo group. Similar results were reported in a double-blind study of 36 people. At the end of eight weeks, subjects consuming 200 mg of ginseng every day reported significant improvement in well-being, mood, vigor, and psychophysical performance.

The results of a double-blind study of 227 people suggest that Panax ginseng can help minimize the frequency of cold and flu symptoms. Half the subjects were given 100 mg of ginseng daily and the other half a placebo. After four weeks, all subjects received an influenza vaccine. The ginseng group showed a significant decline (15 versus 42 cases) in the incidents of colds and flu compared to the placebo group. The ginseng group had higher antibody measurements in response to the vaccination than other group.

The results of two human studies showed that subjects with symptoms of fatigue, insomnia, irritability, decrease work ability reacted positively to 50 mg of Rhodiola, three times a day.

In a study of biathlon athletes given Rhodiola, the athletes show a significant improvement in shooting accuracy and coordination. For the subjects taking Rhodiola, their recovery time, endurance, strength, and cardiovascular measures were significantly better than those not taking Rhodiola.



Caso Marasco A, Vargas Ruiz R, Salas Villagomez A, et al. "Doubleblind study of a multivitamin complex supplemented with ginseng extract." Drugs under Experimental and Clinical Research. (22:323- 329); 1996.

Krasik E, Morozova E, Petrova K, et al. "Therapy of asthenic conditions: clinical perspectives of application of Rhodiola rosea extract." Proceedings Modern Problems in Psycho-pharmacology (p. 298-330): Russia; 1970.

Krasik E, Petrova K, Rogulina G, et al. "New data on the therapy of asthenic conditions (clinical prospects for the use of Rhodiola extract)." Proceedings of All-Russia Conference-Urgent Problems in Psychopharmacology: (p. 215-7). Sverdlovsk Press: Russia; 1970.

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.

Scaglione F, Cattaneo G, Alessandria M, et al. "Efficacy and safety of the standardized ginseng extract G115 for potentiating vaccination against the influenza syndrome and protection against the common cold." Drugs under Experimental and Clinical Research (22:6572); 1996.

Sotaniemi EA, Haapakoski E, Rautio A. "Ginseng therapy in noninsulin dependent diabetic patients." Diabetes Care (18:1373- 1375); 1995.

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.



Brown M.D., Richard P., Gerbarg M.D., Patricia L., Graham, Barbara. "The Rhodiola Revolution: Transform Your Health with Herbal Breakthrough of the 21st Century." Rodale Books: Pennsylvania; 2005.

Fulder, Stephen. "The Book of Ginseng: And Other Chinese Herbs for Vitality." Healing Arts Press: Vermont; 1993.

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

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

Safety Information:

Cordyceps may have mild blood-thinning properties.  Use with medical supervision when taking blood-thinning medications.
Customer Reviews Average Rating review
When I was thirty-six years old I began my running career. That was thirty-six years ago. A few weeks back I decided to go for a jog. To my surprise I never tired! And the distance was a bit over three miles. Then I realized that I had taken several cordyceps plus the night before. This fantastic product really does work.
Reviewed by: Lee Henderson Jr from Waverly,Ky. on 11/5/2015
Cordyceps Plus is a Definite PLUS!
I have never written anything about a supplement - ever. I have always had good results from R-Garden products. I believe I started using them in the 1980's when your company was "Staff of Life" Back then I always wanted to try Cordyceps but, frankly, I couldn't afford it. Now, years later, I have arthritis in the knee, fibromyalgia and conditions which limit range of motion of tendons and ligaments. This likely is resultant from the fibro. I'd been having trouble getting up out of the bed and walking first think in the morning. I am retired but I teach in people's homes and have had very difficult times getting up and down stairs - especially in winter weather. I was beginning to think I would need to leave my apartment and independent lifestyle behind because of this difficulty. I take an OTC pain reliever every day. I have had cortisone shots which helped tremendously, physical therapy and some body work which did some good. But - when I added the Cordyceps Plus to these regimens I have improved about 50%. I no longer use my cane. I can "do" the stairs with much more agility, my outlook on life is much better, I'm not winded going up and down stairs, and I actually feel like doing things. I have not cut out or changed any of the other things but I know for a fact that the Cordyceps Plus has been the straw-breaker here and it started the day after the first dose. If you are even contemplating that it may help - it probably will. I will say I will not be without it. Thank you R-Garden for all your wonderful products - but this is, by far, my favorite!
Reviewed by: Karen S. from Wilmington, DE. on 6/29/2014
CORDYCEPS PLUS vs. 1st Endurance Optygen
I received my order of CP, it worked well on my 26 mile maintenance ride. I breathe easier and my heart monitor showed three less beats a minute 145 vs 142! I am a road-cyclist doing about 60 miles a week I'm looking forward to "sprinters pack" tomorrow. My neighbor Sara is a road-runner so she has just ordered Cordydeps Plus to add to her work-outs here in Delray Beach, Florida. I used "Optygen" - your CP is a definite option!
Reviewed by: Ed Grant from Delray Beach, FL. on 11/9/2010
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