Cordyceps, also known as the caterpillar fungi, is a capless mushroom that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2000 years to treat a variety of health concerns. More potent than Ginseng, and worth four times its weight in silver in ancient times, Cordyceps holds a highly esteemed position in the vast ranks of the Chinese pharmacopoeia – which the West has only recently begun to incorporate into medical practices.
At Xtend-Life, we’ve chosen to use Cordyceps militaris instead of the more common Cordyceps sinesis. This decision has been based on research that shows that the militaris strand contains higher levels of bioactive ingredients, polyphenolics, and flavonoids, and can therefore produce greater antioxidant effects.
While Cordyceps can help to support several health issues including heart ailments and fatigue, it is traditionally most often used in the support of issues related to or stemming from the kidneys and the lungs.
Cordyceps is believed to promote more efficient utilization of available oxygen, supporting its long history of use in preventing altitude sickness.
Cordyceps has inflammation-managing properties which may bring some relief to people whose airways become obstructed due to an allergic reaction, resulting in the swelling of the bronchial pathways.
Cordyceps is known to ease respiratory ailments including coughs and phlegm, shortness of breath, bronchial discomfort, and asthma.
Cordyceps is beneficial for anyone concerned about their lung health, including those who are regularly exposed to pollutants including atmospheric pollution and smoking. It has also been shown to be beneficial for athletes in the support of oxygen uptake during exercise. Cordyceps may also help to manage symptoms of colds and coughs.
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