Why TCM Uses Cordyceps for Immune Health
When I look at the woman in the image above, the first thing that comes to my mind is vibrant health and truly vibrant health is when the systems in our body are strong, I'm talking about the gut, energy systems, endocrine, immune system and more...
The focus today, however (with coming into cold & flu season), is immunity.
Your immune system is your primary defence against contracting an illness or warding off diseases. So it stands to reason that if you want to fortify your immunity and cheat sickness then it’s time to put the spotlight on your diet. In specific, immunity-boosting foods such as cordyceps (known as a medicinal mushroom but technically a fungus). This popular adaptogen (helps the body adapt to stressors) that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for over 1500 years!
What are Cordyceps?
Cordyceps are a kind of parasitic fungi that piggybacks on caterpillars. It’s native to the Sikkim region in China* and grows in high-altitudes. There are more than 400 types of cordyceps mushrooms but the two most common are Sinensis and militaris. These fungi are harvested and dried and have been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a variety of complaints from increasing energy to improving immunity and lung function. In recent years, they have been subject to rigorous studies to examine their touted health benefits.
*Note: Perfect Organic Cordyceps is grown in the USA.
Cordyceps in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditionally Chinese healers used cordyceps as a cure-all because it can remedy many kinds of complaints or conditions. It can be prescribed by itself or paired with other herbs (such as Rhodioa Rosea) to improve your sleep, libido, endurance and energy - just to name a few.
Harnessing the Power of Cordyceps for Greater Immune Health
Whether we’re sick or not, our immune system is always hard at work. It’s like your very own superhero fleshing out viruses, germs or other invaders and conquering them, in order to keep you healthy. So during cold and flu season if you come into contact with a virus, cordyceps engages your immune system and either stop it from taking hold or promotes a swifter recovery.
There are many things in nature's pharmacy that can naturally help boost immunity and Cordyceps is a popular choice for sure.
One such way your body protects you is via inflammation (acute is short-term or chronic long-term), essentially your body is isolating and trying to resolve a virus or problem. This is good news for you because animal studies on cordyceps seem to indicate that they reduce inflammation. Cordyceps promote proinflammatory cytokines - cytokines interact with the immune system - to regulate inflammation for better immune health.
Part of what makes cordyceps so effective for boosting your immune system is that they contain powerful antioxidants that help to balance the body’s ratio of free radicals to antioxidants for robust health.
And finally, the consumption of cordyceps has been linked to improved sleep. The better and longer (8 hours minimum) you sleep, the more resilient your immune system.
How to Integrate Cordyceps into your Diet?
Since cordyceps are formed at extreme altitudes and under specific circumstances, it means buying a ‘raw’ cordyceps would come with a hefty price tag so, the most common way to consume cordyceps is via supplements, such as Perfect Organic’s Cordyceps Capsules.
The recommended daily dosage that is considered safe (although there aren’t any known side effects) is 1,000-3,000mg.
Want to Take Things to the Next Level?
Try Perfect Acai Revive, containing Organic Acai, Cordyceps, Rhodiola and Grape seed extract. These 4 incredible ingredients all have powerful potential immune-boosting properties and when combined together, well you have yourself something pretty special and unique that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else but here.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and one should always seek expert medical advice from their trusted health practitioner.