Cordyceps sinesnsis, or rather Ophiocordyceps sinensis - as this is the scientific name of the species since 2007, is also known as caterpillar fungus or simply cordyceps. During the warm months is grows like any fungus, however in the winter the larvae of certain moth species become its host. To survive, the fungus kills and then mummifies the insect, and feeds on it. Cordyceps is naturally present in Tibet and Nepal at altitudes between three and five thousand metres above sea level.
Discovered about one and a half thousand years ago by Himalayan shepherds, it quickly found applications in Chinese herbal medicine mainly as an energising, anti-ageing agent that prevents dementia, and improves physical condition. Due to its scarcity and ’miraculous’ properties’cordyceps reached a very high price. In ancient China, only the imperial court and aristocracy could afford to use it. Nowadays, these ’miraculous fungi’ are grown in bioreactors. The annual production is counted in millions on tons, hence now everyone can benefit from its extraordinary qualities.
TIENS produces this remarkable supplement using highly advanced biotechnology at the same time preserving the natural contents of the preparation.
The main ingredients of cordyceps are cordycepin and adenosine - active substances whose presence in the fungus determines the quality of the cultivation. They can play a role in a wide spectrum of biological processes, for instance in intercellular transport of energy. Other active ingredients are polysaccharides, cordycepic acid and vitamin A, B, C, E, 16 among acids, superoxide dismutase (SOD) as well as zinc, selenium, magnesium, iron and potassium.
- Enhances the body’s general resistance.
- Improves appetite, beneficial during convalescence.
- Energises, increases stamina, reduces fatigue, which can improve sports performance.
- Displays antiviral and antibacterial properties against e.g. Staphylococcus aureus.
- Helps balance blood sugar metabolism.
- Supports the respiratory system, especially lung efficiency and oxygen utilisation (accelerates cell adaptation to low oxygen levels)
- Enhances male potency.
1 – 2 capsule twice a day. It is recommended to be taken on an empty stomach between meals with warm water.
It is important to remember that cordyceps preparationscause to a large extent calcium a washout effect in the body, thus it is recommended to simultaneously take calcium supplements that can alleviate the calcium deficiencies.
The supplement is not to be used by pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers or children under 12 years of age.
Cordyceps preparation may disrupt the action of some immunosuppressive drugs (medications reducing the activity of the immune system used e.g. in transplant rejection prevention), therefore remember to inform your doctor about its use.