from a site thats a little flakey but I think the guy is so strange that he is interesting. It surprised me to see him pushing Cordyceps. We all know where to get the best stuff, but this was some good reading.
Excerpt from The fruiting body and its caterpillar host of Cordyceps sinensis show close resemblance in main constituents and anti-oxidation activity, Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy & Phytopharmacology, May 1, 2002, T S.P. Li, Z.R. Su, T.T.X. Dong, and K.W.K. Tsim:
Cordyceps, one of the most valued traditional Chinese medicines, is used commonly for the replenishment of body health.
It is used commonly in China to replenish the kidney and soothe the lung, for the treatment of fatigue, night sweating, hyposexualities, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, asthenia after severe illness, respiratory disease, renal dysfunction and renal failure, arrhythmias and other heart disease, and liver disease (Zhu et al., 1998). Recent studies have demonstrated its multiple pharmacological actions-such as anti-oxidation activity (Yamaguchi et al., 2000a; 2000b; Li et al., 2001b), potentiating the immune system (Liu et al., 1992; Xu et al., 1992) and anti-tumor activities (Ohmori et al., 1986; Yoshida et al., 1989; Chen et al., 1997).
Cordyceps (short for Cordyceps sinensis) is a rare Chinese mushroom that grows naturally on certain species of caterpillars. Fortunately, the cordyceps that are used today are cultivated through fermentation--that means, without caterpillars! For thousands of years, cordyceps have been used by Chinese healers as tonic for sexual vigor and overall vitality. It makes sense that cordyceps would be an effective aphrodisiac. Similar to ginkgo and other sex-enhancing herbs, cordyceps increases arterial blood flow, which sends more blood flowing to the pelvic area.
According to Chinese studies, cordyceps can also improve athletic performance. A recent double-blind crossover study performed at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota confirms that, when combined with other tonic herbs, including Asian ginseng, enoki mushroom, green tangerine peel, reishi mushroom, and Siberian ginseng, cordyceps can speed recovery in athletes. . . .
In the study, twelve well-trained college athletes were either given a placebo or 950 mg. of the combination herbal formula for five weeks. At the end of the five weeks, the athletes cycled intensely for twenty minutes, rested for twelve minutes, then completed cycling. There was little difference in performance between the two groups, although those who took the herbs finished slightly faster than the placebo group.
The real difference, however, was in the accumulation of lactic acid postexercise. Those who took the herbs had significantly less lactic-acid build up. As many of you know, lactic acid is a byproduct of glucose that builds up in muscles during anaerobic exercise (high-intensity exercise like weight-lifting or sprinting).
Lactic acid buildup is what makes muscles sore after a hard workout. From this study, it's reasonable to assume that cordyceps may help speed recover after intense exercise. Given its long-standing reputation as a tonic herb, it may also help relieve fatigue.
Reduces lactic acid buildup in muscles. May enhance energy and stamina.
Cordyceps is particularly protective of the kidneys and is an effective treatment for renal disease. The herb exhibits protective effects against aminogylcoside nephrotoxicity in geriatric patients and protects against cyclosporine A-induced nephrotoxicity in rats. Cordyceps has been shown to increase hemoglobin and stimulation of reticulocytes in the blood count and also decrease blood urea nitrogen (BUN). It is antiasthmatic, assists smooth muscle relaxation and can potentiate the effects of epinephrine (Huang).
The main activities of Cordyceps include the following:
Oxygen-free radical scavenger.
Antisenescent (retards the aging process).
Hypolipidemic (cholesterol lowering)
Restorer of sexual function and replenisher of sperm.
Renal, hepatic, respiratory, nervous system and cardiovascular tonic
Promoter of endurance, vigor and energy; enhanced training and performance in athletic competition
In 1993 Chinese women distance runners won six of nine medals at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany in the 1,500, 3,000 and 10,000 meter races. They were suspected of steroid use and were tested. The results were negative.
According to their coach, Ma Junren, they had been running 25 miles a day and had been using cordyceps mushrooms.
Mike Brown jokingly refers to these as "biceps mushrooms."
Here are some examples of what cordyceps mushrooms did for people we used as "guinea pigs."
A man, age 35, told us that after taking the cordyceps mushrooms he actually felt like getting up in the morning for the first time in years. This same man was usually huffing and puffing after 20 reps in the squat. After taking the cordyceps mushrooms for several weeks, he finished doing 20 reps with 270. His two training partners told him, "You're not even breathing hard!"
They insisted he put 315 on the bar. With that weight he could do 20 more reps.
A woman, age 37, who is a marathon runner, cut 2 minutes off her usual 50-minute morning run.
A woman, age 54, found doing full extention leg lifts with 20 reps and assisted chin ups using her usual setting much easier.
Not just any mushroom is going to have this effect. There are 80,000 known species of mushrooms. That is only 5% of what is actually out there.
The 16 top adaptogens are: Siberian ginseng, Ameican ginseng or panax ginseng, pantocrene, artic root, schizandra (seed and fruit), aswagandha root (without somnifera), avena sativa (oats, oat fiber, fresh milky seed), reishi mushroom, cordyceps sinesis, licorice, elderberry, hawthorn (leaves, blossoms, and berries), grape seed and skin extract, green tea, lo han, and ginger.
Just some stuff I found, which you guys probably already know, but it just make Cordygen5 sound all that much better for long term health.