Cordyceps is one of the rarest and treasured herbs, and it has been an important ingredient in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. A fungus, like mushrooms, it can be found on isolated places in southwestern China. Cordyceps could be the next Ginseng due to its reported effects on increasing energy levels, sex drive, male sexual potential and athletic performance. However, Cordyceps benefit almost all body systems, including the circulatory, immune, respiratory and glandular systems.
Composition of Cordyceps
Cordyceps contains a broad range of compounds, which are considered nutritional. It contains all of the essential amino acids, vitamins E and K, and the water-soluble vitamins B1, B2, and B12. In addition, it contains many sugars, including mono-, di-, and oligosaccharides, and many complex polysaccharides, proteins, sterols, nucleosides, and trace elements.
Role of Cordyceps as a potent male sexual tonic
The researchers have found that Cordyceps helps rejuvenate male sexual ability. Key compounds in Cordyceps act as potent male sex hormones to bring back youthful function and stamina. Cordyceps is used as a sexual rejuvenator, to increase energy levels and help people with hectic lifestyles. It is known to remedy weakness and fatigue and is, therefore, also used to cure male impotence or erectile dysfunction.
Sexual function of Cordyceps and the scientific evidence
Cordyceps has been shown to improve libido and quality of life in men and women, fight infertility and increase sperm count and survival.
Clinical studies involving 189 male and female patients with decreased libido and desire showed improvement of symptoms in 66 per cent of cases. The most dramatic physical proof came from a fertility study involving 22 males which showed that, after eight weeks of taking a supplement containing Cordyceps, their sperm count increased by 33 per cent, their incidence of sperm malformations decreased by 29 percent and their sperm survival rate increased by 79 percent.
Also, three separate Chinese studies with over 200 men with “reduced libido and other sexual problems” showed remarkably similar results. On average, 64 per cent of the Cordyceps-users reported significant improvement at the conclusion of the experimental period compared with 24 per cent of the placebo group.
Other general functions of Cordyceps
In addition to its role as a potent sexual tonic for male sexual health, Cordyceps is also known for following of its key effects:
- Strengthens the immune system
- Increases the production of SOD, an enzyme beneficial for fighting free radicals that cause rapid aging and disease
- Lowers bad cholesterol (LDL), triglycerides and raises good cholesterol (HDL)
- Increases blood supply to the heart and brain
- Relieves and improves the symptoms of respiratory illness, such as bronchitis, emphysema and asthma
- Promotes liver, kidney and spleen health
- Improves energy levels, memory, appetite and restful sleep
Because of its nature, composition and all these numerous benefits, Cordyceps is considered a “food” by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is classified as “generally recognized as safe”. A growing number of researchers now consider it to be a “super food” that can be included in almost every diet or supplement.