Label: Beneficial Botanicals Botanical Name:Cordyceps militaris Other Names: Caterpillar fungus Parts Used: fruiting bodies (full spectrum) Organic: yes Origin: USA, domestically cultivated Gluten Free: yes Extract Process: double extraction Menstruum: organic alcohol, fresh living spring water Alcohol by Volume: 45% Ratio: 1:5
This double extracted Cordyceps mushroom is made from the fruiting bodies of domestically grown C. militaris. The wild version of Cordyceps (C. sinensis), found on the Tibetan plateau in China, is considered a national treasure there. It is as valuable as gold, costing thousands of dollars per ounce. For this reason, obtaining the fungus in the wild is unsustainable, both ecologically and economically. Fortunately, C. militaris can easily and identifiably be domestically cultivated and has a compound profile very similar to C. sinensis. In fact as an added bonus, C. militaris produces the compound cordycepin in higher amounts than found in the wild C. sinensis.
What is a Double Extraction Method? In order to extract both alcohol and water soluble chemical compounds from this type of fungus, a dual method of extraction must be used to capture all the health benefits it has to offer. This process requires soaking the mushroom material for a period of time in alcohol followed by a hot water decoction for optimal extraction.
Exercise Performance & Muscle Fatigue – Known to boost energy and increase the body’s production of the molecule ATP (adenosine triphosphate), essential for delivering energy to the muscles, improving the way the body uses oxygen, especially during exercise for older and younger adults.
Anti-Aging Properties – Antioxidant benefits may help improve memory and sexual function.
Type 2 Diabetes – Helps in the management of Type 2 Diabetes by mimicking the action of insulin.
Kidney Function – 100 mg/day for 3 months significantly improved kidney function and slowed the progression of chronic kidney disease in a human trial.
Cancerous Tumors – Cordyceps shows potential anti-tumor effects, slowing the growth of many types of tumors. See research on-line for specific tumors.
Cholesterol, Triglycerides, and other Heart Protective Effects – Cordyceps may be used as a treatment for arrhythmia and other heart protective effects due to the adenosine content, especially noted in C. militaris. In animal studies, the LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and triglycerides levels were shown to decrease. Another compound, cordycepin, appears to have actions that relax blood vessels, improving circulation and lowering blood pressure.
Inflammation – When human cells were exposed to Cordyceps, proteins that increase inflammation in the body become suppressed.
It is suggested to take Cordyceps with a high quality vitamin C supplement to help assimilation. For those of you doing your research, you may find suggested dosages in milliliters or grams. Here are approximate equivalents (water weight): 1 gram = 1 ml = 0.0338 fluid oz. = 20 drops
For health maintenance : the known dosage is 20-40 drops 3 times per day, with meals.
For disease-specific dosages: It is best to consult with an alternative healthcare practitioner.
Length of Time: According to Christopher Hobbs, experimenting with Cordyceps for a period of six weeks is reasonable.
When to Take: Cordyceps may have wakeful or energizing effects. You may want to avoid taking this tincture near bedtime.
- Avoid using Cordyceps if you have an auto-immune disease or bleeding disorder.
- Stop taking Cordyceps two weeks prior to a scheduled surgery.
- Because Cordyceps exhibits immunomodulatory activity, do not take with an immunosuppressant.
- Do not take Cordyceps with anticoagulant medications, antiplatelet drugs, testosterone, Prednizone, or other steroids.
- If you have low blood sugar, Cordyceps may have hypoglycemic effects that further lower blood sugar levels.
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