1) Cordyceps Stops Inflammation

Cordyceps militaris inhibits oxidative damage and reduces inflammatory cytokine levels (R).

These mushrooms possess anti-inflammatory activities, and they are good at stopping pain as well (R).

The water extracts of Cordyceps have antioxidant activity in cell culture, so it is possible for the fungi to fight oxidative damage and protect the immune system in humans (R).

2) Cordyceps Helps Fight Cancer

Scientists isolated six compounds from the anti-tumor fraction of Cordyceps taii mycelia powder. The compounds have cytotoxic activities against cancer cells, and should be the main anti-tumor compounds of C. taii (R).

They also stop liver and breast cancer cells in both human patients and cell models (R).

  1. militaris fruiting body also has tumor cell growth inhibitory activity in several human tumor cell lines (R).

3) Cordyceps Can Help Treat Diabetes

Cordyceps sinensis improves the activity and secretory function of insulin-secreting cells, suggesting an alternative approach to treating type 2 diabetes (R).

  1. militaris has the ability to reduce blood glucose, decrease blood lipids, reduce kidney injury, and lower inflammatory factors. C. militaris fruit body extract, a safe pharmaceutical agent, has great potential as a new treatment for diabetic patients, especially those with kidney problems (R).

It also possesses a strong capability to lower glucose levels and is a more economical alternative for diabetes  treatment (R).

4) Cordyceps Protects The Brain

Cordyceps alleviates short-term memory impairment. It showed therapeutic effects through inhibiting cerebral ischemia (that occurs when there isn’t enough blood flow to the brain to meet metabolic demand) -induced cell death  in the brain (R).

  1. sinesis extract lowered stress and reduced fatigue in mice. It also reduced depression symptoms (RR).

5) Cordyceps Protect the Kidneys

Chinese medicine has traditionally used it to protect the kidneys from dysfunction (R).

  1. sinensis is used as an anti-rejection agent in maintenance treatment for kidney transplantation recipients in China (R).

6) Cordyceps Can Help Prevent Arrhythmia

The authors in a 2001 study found that the efficacy of Cordyceps on arrhythmia’s had been proven beyond a doubt and that the specific mechanism by which it is attained may involve a stable membrane, reduction of Ca2+ overload and the reduction of free radicals. (R).

7) Cordyceps Can Help Treat Asthma

Cordyceps has traditionally been used to strengthen the kidneys and the lungs, and help reduce inflammation in the airways, reduce phlegm, while also restoring their function. It may increase the production of adrenal cortex hormones and help expand bronchial smooth muscles (R).

A 2006 study looked at the effects of Cordyceps on the cellular immune functions of asthmatic children. In two groups of 40, both groups were given inhaled glucocorticoids, but the treatment group was also given Cordyceps. After 3 months, 75% of the treatment group had no symptoms, normal physical signs and lung function (R).

8) Cordyceps Can Help Prevent Antherosclerosis

Traditional Chinese Medicine attributes poor nutrition, irregular schedules, poor bowl habits, and stress/anger to atherosclerosis. Cordyceps increases the immune response of red blood cells, reduces inflammation, reduce circulating cholesterol and improves the activity of white blood cells (R).

In a study done in 2000, Cordyceps reduced lipid peroxidation in LDL by collecting and removing free radicals thus hindering cholesterol build up on the aorta’s wall. In a 2005 study, the authors concluded that “reduction of RBC immunity is one of the most dangerous factors in atherosclerosis and Cordyceps may be a promising anti-atherosclerosis medicine that is worthy of further research.” (R)

9) Cordyceps Inhibits Auto-Immune Disorders

Cordyceps Militaris can help strengthen the immune system by stimulating natural killer cell activity. Uniquely, Cordyceps Sinensis has also shown the ability to impose bi-directional control, calming overactive immune systems and improving autoimmune diseases such as diabetes and lupus (R).

A Japanese study in the 1990’s showed Cordyceps Miltaris to help against autoimmune disorders by calming and quieting the cells of the immune system. Additionally, the study reported significant sugar lowering effects from the cordyceps test group, with improvement in 95% of the test subjects (R).

10) Cordyceps Can Help Treat Bronchitis

Cordyceps Militaris regulates the immune system and decreases the inflammation present in the lungs, stops coughing and eliminates phlegm. A 2004 study found that Cordyceps helped with chronic bronchitis except for those who exhibited concurrent heart disease (R).

11) Cordyceps May Prevent & Combat Multiple Cancers

Cordyceps has been shown to reduce the growth of cancer cells in cases of sarcomas, melanomas and lymphomas. While the mechanism is still unknown, Cordyceps have continually been shown to increase immunity, which fights cancer reproduction. In one study done in 1993, researchers found that Cordyceps had a direct impact on laryngeal carcinoma cells, with higher concentrations of Cordyceps reduced growth rate (R).

In 1998, a Cordyceps extract was found to have a strong inhibitory effect on both spontaneous liver metastasis of Lewis lung carcinoma and B16 melanoma cells in mice. In one study, an orally administered hot-water extract from Cordyceps sinensis (CS), protected mice from bone marrow and intestinal injuries after total-body irradiation (TBI). According to WebMD, “Cordyceps might improve immunity by stimulating cells and specific chemicals in the immune system.

It may also have activity against cancer cells and may shrink tumor size, particularly with lung or skin cancers. *Cordyceps may increase estrogen and testosterone, and therefore should not be used with hormone dependent cancers (breast and prostate) (R).

12) Cordyceps Increases Energy & Stamina while reducing Recovery Times

Cordyceps are best known for their ability to increase stamina and as an anti-fatigue supplement. They increase oxygen in the body, which is much different than a stimulant. The difference is that you find yourself being able to keep a pace all day long without crashing, but still sleeping soundly (R).

For this reason, they are very popular with athletes who want to increase their endurance. In a 2004 study, researchers found that Cordyceps improved the capacity of a subject to exercise and increased resistance to fatigue. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Traditional Chinese Medicine is looked as a dysfunction of the organs, most notable the liver (R).

13) Cordyceps Improves Erectile Dysfunction and Female Libido

Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at erectile dysfunction due to kidney dysfunction caused by excessive fear, as well as heart and spleen deficiency caused by excessive thinking and worry. Cordyceps have been used for ED for an estimated 2000 years. It has been shown to act as a kidney tonic, thus improving erectile function and replenish sperm count (R).

In 1995, one impressive study found that 66% of subjects given Cordyceps showed improvement for impotence vs. 23% given a placebo, 67% showed improvement for seminal emission vs. 0% given a placebo, and 67% showed improvement in libido vs. 0% given a placebo (R).

For women, Cordyceps improved 86% of the subjects vs. 0% of the placebo group. Cordyceps also showed 100% improvement for women with other sexual dysfunction vs 0% in the placebo group (R).

14) Cordyceps Can Help Treat Fatty Liver Disease

In multiple studies, Cordyceps have helped normalize liver enzymes, inhibit steatohepatits derived from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease by lowering serum and tissue TNFa, reducing the over-expression of UCP2, and inhibit hepatic fibrogenesis derived from chronic liver injury as well as retard the growth of cirrhosis (R).

15) Cordyceps Can Help Treat Hepatitis

Researchers say that Hepatitis B infects 350 million people worldwide and is the number one cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver. It’s estimated that 50% of the population will contract the disease in their lifetime. Clinical trials lead scientists to believe that Cordyceps Sinensis supplements can increase one’s ATP levels (an essential enzyme the helps the liver regenerate) and help those suffering from hepatitis B and liver damage (R).

Researchers also believe that Corcyceps Sinensis can control a patient’s liver fibrosis, strengthen a hepatitis C patient’s immunity function and anti-oxidation ability.

In 1990, 32 hepatitis B patients were administered 3.750mg of cordyceps sinensis daily for 30 days. 21 patients (66%) showed signs of the antibodies for the virus change from positive to negative, while 23 patients (72%) showed improved liver function. Cordyceps proved to be beneficial to patients suffering from post hepatitis cirrhosis (R).

16) Cordyceps Combats Liver Damage

In a study on 14 patients, with alcohol included liver steatosis, supplementation with Cordyceps at 3g/day resulted in a 70% reduction in AST, a 63% reduction in ALT and a 64% reduction in GGT over a 90 day period. Animal studies also show that Cordyceps can inhibit alcohol-induced hepatic fibrogenesis, retard the development of cirrhosis and improve liver function (R).

17) Cordyceps Can Help Treat LUPOS

In a study with mice that had Lupus, one group was given Cordyceps while the other group was not. The survival rate of the control group showed a survival rate of 0% after 8 months, while the group that used Cordyceps showed a survival rate of 75%. After 6 months, the negative percentage of anti-ds DNA was measured, with 43% for the control group, and 87.5% for the Cordyceps group (R).

18) Cordyceps Can Help Treat Renal Failure

In a human study involving 51 patients with chronic renal failure, the administration of3-5g per day of Cordyceps to 28 patients improved renal and immune function (R).

19) Cordyceps Can Help Treat Tinnitus

In 23 cases of tinnitus treated with an infusion of Cordyceps, eight were reported as cured and nine significantly improved, while six found no improvement. The researchers concluded that Cordyceps was effective for tinnitus caused by fluid accumulation in the middle ear, while it was ineffective in cases with a long history of auditory nerve disorder (R).