Known as Yartsa Gunbu in Bhutan, Cordyceps are the most expensive mushroom in the world costing between $10,000 and $50,000. The mushroom is used for centuries to promote overall health and treat various health conditions from impotence to cancer. Cordyceps are found at extremely high altitudes in the Himalayas and harvesting may even cost lives.
This mushroom contains a broad range of compounds including vitamins E, K, B1, B2, B12, all essential amino acids, many sugars and polysaccharides, proteins, sterols and a host of macro and micro elements.
Today, you will find it in the form of capsules, in the form of tea and in powder. You can cook or fry to eat if you can afford. Following are the incredible benefits of Cordyceps.
1. Cordyceps boosts energy level
Nobody really understood the benefits of Cordyceps until a team of women runners broke 9 world records at the Chinese National Games in 1993. They revealed that consuming cordyceps was a part of their training. That’s how cordyceps gained the world’s attention. A Lot of scientists have found evidences for its ability to boost energy.
2. Cordyceps promotes longevity
Cordyceps contain anti-aging properties and slows down the processes associated with ageing and senescence by preventing the formation of peroxide and lipids in the brain. In other words, cordyceps prevent wrinkling, weakening of nervous system, loss of vision, etc.
3. Cordyceps increases sexual function
Coprdycveps has a direct influence on increasing libido. It stimulates sexual desire and other reproductive organs. It also increases testosterone in the body which is a primary male sex hormone. Therefore, this naughty fungus is called Himalayan Viagra.
4. Cordyceps Improves kidney health
Kidneys are the natural filters of our body maintaining acid-base balance, regulating blood pressure, producing hormones and reabsorbing water. A couple of researches have found reduction in blood pressure, significant reduction in urinary protein and increase in superoxide dismutase in patients with chronic diseases after consuming cordyceps.
5. Cordyceps promotes respiratory system
Cordyceps are a powerful lung tonic. It helps to promote oxygenation, ATP production, and overall immune strength. Cordyceps has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a tonic to soothe the lung for the treatment of fatigue and respiratory diseases. Researchers have found, after taking cordyceps, formation of reactive oxygen species and production of cytokines in patients with lung diseases.