With over 750 identified species, cordyceps have been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a tonic, food, and medicine. In recent times, several cordyceps species have been shown to have medicinal value, with the most studied being C. militaris and C. Sinensis, whichhave the potential to help treat respiratory, liver, kidney, and heart and lung diseases, as well as type-2 diabetes.
What are the health benefits of cordycepin?
Cordycepin is a bioactive compound with enormous therapeutic potential. It can prevent many types of cancer cell metastasis, maintain homeostasis, and even give users youthful, glowing skin. One of the ways it works is by increasing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant levels in the body, which have positive effects on everything from cognitive function to gastrointestinal health.
What are the health benefits of adenosine?
Adenosine is another bioactive compound produced in cordyceps mushrooms. It is an analogue of cordycepin and works in similar ways. Like cordycepin, adenosine has been shown to protect against inflammatory diseases and maintain homeostasis and good health. The human body makes adenosine naturally, and it’s important for functions as varied as maintaining normal cellular physiology to helping us get a good night’s sleep.
For more information on cordyceps, read Cordyceps: An Original “Magic Mushroom” by Annie Tye, PhD.