Native to Tibet, Cordyceps is a fungal species that grows on a specific type of caterpillar during specific times of the year. Historically, its value was equal in weight to gold, and it was specifically reserved for emperors and royalty. Today, fortunately, high-quality Cordyceps can be easily cultivated, and its wonderful benefits are available to anyone.

Cordyceps offers properties of immunomodulation and resistance to any type of stress. It protects mitochondria and is anti-fatigue. It is regularly used by Chinese and Russian athletes.

In laboratory studies, Cordyceps was found to reduce heart muscle oxygen consumption and improve aerobic activity. In traditional herbal medicine, it is often used as a kidney tonic. Cordyceps specifically stimulates NK cells and macrophage activity and also enhances cellular immunity. At the same time, it decreases inflammatory cytokine cascades and therefore decreases tissue damage.

Cordyceps also offers antiviral and antibacterial properties. Provides coverage against Bartonella and Mycoplasma.

Suggested dosage: 1-3 grams (1000-3000 mg) whole mushroom Cordyceps powder or 400-800 mg extract (standardized to >7% Cordyceptic acid is preferred) two to three times daily.

Side effects: Mild nausea can occur, but in general, side effects are rare, even with higher doses. Allergic reactions are rare.

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