• The Chinese have long used the mushroom Cordyceps sinensis to promote overall good health, and modern research indicates that it does indeed support liver, kidney, lung, heart, and immune system function.
• Cordyceps sinensis has been used to protect the bone marrow and digestive systems of mice from whole body irradiation.
• One experiment noted that Cordyceps may protect the liver from damage.
• An experiment with mice indicated the Cordyceps mushroom may have an anti-depressant effect.
• Researchers have observed that Cordyceps has a hypoglycemic effect and may be beneficial for people with insulin resistance.
• Cordyceps mushroom extracts have been shown to stimulate the number of T helper cells, prolong the survival of lymphocytes, enhance TNF-alpha and interleukin 1 production, and increase the activity of natural killer cells.
• One study indicates that Cordyceps can stimulate progesterone production in animal cells.
• Another study has shown that Cordyceps may be effective against tumor cells by down-regulating MHC class II antigen expression.
• Historical use data suggests that Cordyceps sinensis can cause a reduction of cyclosporin and aminoglycoside-induced renal toxicity.
• In the book Healing Mushrooms by Georges Halpern, MD/PhD it is discussed that research with Cordyceps sinensis has been conducted in the following areas: 1) atherosclerosis, 2) bronchitis, 3) asthma, 4) cardiac arrhythmias, 5) diabetes, 6) hepatitis B, 7) cirrhosis, 8) kidney failure, 9) kidney transplants, 10) fatigue, and 11) erectile dysfunction.
• More recently Cordyceps sinensis has been used to enhance athletic performance.
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