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All forms of cancer are unable to survive in an oxygen-rich environment. Without proper oxygen levels the body will ultimately head towards a degenerative state, one that is susceptible to such diseases as cancer and heart disease, immune disorders and diabetes, as well as fall prey to such viral diseases as hepatitis C, Lyme's disease among others. Oxygen must be delivered to the body on a cellular level.
The pharmaceutical industry is now using Cordyceps sinensis - a new generation of mushroom to fight disease, and those more informed consumers who are seeking alternative treatments for cancer and Aids as well as a whole range of additional health and immune system issues have been using it as a dietary supplement. This host of pharmaceutical mushrooms includes such well-known products as Reishi, Maitake and Agaricus which are rich in beta-glucans, known sources for oxygen. This list continues to grow, with clinical studies now including more than 70 different mushroom species.
Cordyceps sinensis, which grows at about 16,000 feet (4,877 metres) in Tibet has been the most interesting one to research. Modern science has been looking into this natural medicine since the 1950s and it has had many long years of successful use.
Cordyceps sinensis is actually an insect parasitizing fungus of the ascomycetes family. It is found at high altitudes on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau. This fungus lives primarily in the larvae of one particular species of moth, Hepialus armoricanus. It is occasionally found growing on other moth species as well. The normal range of this fungus is above 2000 meters elevation, and it has been found as high as 6000 meters.
There has been a large amount of research regarding various methods for the cultivation of this fungus, because native Cordyceps (wild Cordyceps sinensis) is quite rare and extremely costly.
It has been recorded for at least a thousand years, that Cordyceps has been used for a long time in China and Tibet. While it has always been very highly regarded, it has also been the most expensive herbal raw material in the world. The reason for this is because it is hard to find - it only grows at high elevation in the Himalayas around Tibet and Nepal and in small border sections of India and China.
The collection of Cordyceps is difficult because of it being located in such high altitudes, so it really has been limited in use by the General public. As with rare things found to be in great demand and limited supply its price has been driven up very high. It is sometimes valued as much as $35,000 a pound! This high price and scarcity of availability has lead many people to try to cultivate Cordyceps like a normal farm product. Unfortunately, unlike the common button mushroom enjoyed on pizzas worldwide, Cordyceps has proved to be extremely difficult to grow.
Cordyceps sinensis will increase ATP (adenosine triphosphate) levels in the body by almost 28 per cent. ATP is the body's energy supply source, or the main power of the body to function normally, and it is required for all enzyme processes.
The medicinal properties of Cordyceps have been found to be quite remarkable. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the main use of Cordyceps has been in the treatment of asthma and other bronchial conditions. Modern research now confirms the efficacy of these.
The clinical research has shown that the use of Cordyceps increases cellular bio-energy—ATP (adenosine triphosphate)—by as much as 55 per cent. Further reports show increased synthesis of ATP and faster energy recovery. It would seem that Cordyceps improves the internal balance mechanism, enabling the utilisation of oxygen more efficiently. These amazing properties may account for the overall physical enhancement, the extra endurance and the anti-fatigue effects that are seen in humans using Cordyceps.
In the field of pharmaceutical mushrooms, there is a lot of confusion today regarding what form of mushroom product is the best for use. There are many different components of the mushroom which have been used as separated compounds. The fruit-body is the compound found useful for the treatment of high cholesterol levels, on the other hand, lentinan is used for the treatment of cancer.
Most pharmaceutical mushrooms are utilised as extracts for their most potent and most successful products and formulas. However, these are very specific and targeted extracts, made for the sole purpose of concentrating specific compounds. Interestingly, it is because these chemical compounds are produced as extracts that the pharmaceutical medicine industry is allowed to hold patent rights to them. Natural foods cannot be patented.
Cordyceps is best known medicinally for increasing physical stamina. It can cause a change in the biological action that allows for an increase in cellular oxygen absorption by up to 40 per cent.
In 1993, the Chinese National Games brought this mushroom to the attention of the world's sporting authorities. A group of nine women athletes who had been taking Cordyceps shattered nine world records. There have also been many reports of amazing improvements in performance in various sports due to the intake of Cordyceps. This has led to talk of possibly banning Cordyceps from sporting events as it could give an unfair advantage to those who are able to benefit from it.
Nowadays, most professional athletes who use it will not admit that they do, since there is a possibility that some sporting authority will outlaw its use. However, the Canadian Olympic Committee has taken an official stand on Cordyceps, ruling that it is allowed in professional competition.
There have been four studies that have demonstrated that Cordyceps sinensis has helped to lower total cholesterol by 10–21 per cent and triglycerides (neutral fats) by 9–26 per cent. At the same time it helped to increase HDL ("good") cholesterol by 27–30 per cent.
Another benefit of Cordyceps sinensis is that is has also been shown to improve liver functions. The liver is the living filter of the body, cleaning the blood and all other fluids of impurities. Without a functioning liver, the body cannot survive.
There have been clinical trials with Cordyceps supplement involving 33 patients with hepatitis B and eight patients with cirrhosis of the liver. These trials showed a 71.9 per cent improvement on the thymol turbidity test and a 78.6 percent improvement on the SGPT test. These are enzyme tests showing changes in liver functions.
In addition, after only one month of dietary supplementation with Cordyceps, a Chinese study has shown a 51 percent improvement in chronic kidney disease. It helps with the maintenance of the body's protection mechanism, commonly known as the immune system.
Researchers in Japan reported that Cordyceps enhances the general reactivity of the immune system in individuals fighting cancer. Fatigue was reduced by 92 percent, their feeling of cold by 89 percent and their dizziness by 83 percent. Patients with respiratory/breathing problems felt physically stronger and there were some individuals were able to jog up to 600 feet (183 metres).
The clinical research in controlled studies has revealed that elderly patients suffering from fatigue and senility- related symptoms reported relief in these areas after using Cordyceps for only 30 days.
Various studies have shown that Cordyceps sinensis improved the flow of blood in the body by relaxing the smooth muscles of the blood vessels and allowing them to expand, and also enhanced the functioning of the heart and lungs.
CordySpray™ is designed to mimic the effects of Cordyceps sinensis and can help increase cellular respiration, cellular energy production and endurance when taken before exercise.