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The Elixir of Life Raw Superfood Mushroom Cordyceps

Cordyceps Militaris - Coryceps MushroomMushroom Cordyceps – also called the mushroom of world records, the Chinese Longevity Mushroom and the elixir of life is an incomparable broad-spectrum superfood with extremely advantageous effects on the entire mind and body.

Cordyceps mushrooms come from the small Southwestern regions of China, Tibet, Nepal and nearby areas in the high Himalayas. The altitude extremes of over 11,000 feet alongwith the isolated and severe habitats, made the natural gathering and harvest of this amazing mushroom rare, difficult, and very expensive.

For centuries, this exotic mushroom has been prized by the Chinese as a panacea to restore energy, promote longevity and improve the quality of life. In the second century, B.C., the first emperor of China used Cordyceps as a tonic for longevity, legendary Chinese beauty Yang Kue-fei (719-756 A.D.) also took Cordyceps regularly, considering it her fountain of youth. Today, thousands of years later, Cordyceps is very popular. The Sherpas who harvest this mushroom today consider it worth "more than gold". What have the ancient Chinese known for centuries about this mushroom that the rest of the world has just begun to find out?

The medicinal properties of this mushroom are remarkable. One of the highlights of modern research has been the discovery of novel antibiotics in this mushroom. One of these, Cordyceptin, is very effective against all sorts of bacteria that have developed resistance to the other antibiotics. It is especially effective against Tuberculosis! It has been shown to increase cellular Oxygen absorption by up to 40%. It is thus effective in all types of lung and respiratory infections and in the treatment of Leprosy.

The best known medicinal action of Cordyceps is for increase in physical stamina. The Chinese national games in 1993 brought this to the limelight. A group of nine women athletes who had been taking it shattered Nine World Records! The record for the 10 km run was beaten by an unprecedented 42 seconds. Another major use of this mushroom is in the treatment of Leukemia. It has shown outstanding results against human Leukemia in many trials in China, Japan and elsewhere. One of its main uses in Traditional Chinese Medicine has been for asthma and other bronchial conditions. Extensive studies have proven its effectiveness in strengthening of Immune System by revitalizing the body's Army of Natural Killer (NK) cells.

These special cells are the immune system's primary line of defense in fighting infections. This versatile superfood also helps in increasing Libido and Sexual Performance, supporting a strong and healthy Heart and Cardiovascular System, radically increasing cellular energy, improving memory, increasing Nutrient Absorption, reducing Stress and Anxiety, promoting Restful Productive Sleep and Cellular Detoxification.

These life sustaining and life nurturing properties of this amazing natural food definitely make it worthy of being called the elixir of life!

Article by Paul S Fitzgerald

Picture by E. Langer, German society for mycology

What Are Superfoods?

Fresh strawberries

Picture by: SummerTomato

We’re all searching for the ultimate eating plan. And the latest one promising high-quality health, shining eyes and glowing skin is the Superfoods diet. It works on the premise that there are 14 super foods that can help you live a longer and healthier life, slow the ageing process and help prevent cancer and diabetes. Great – where do we sign up?

It all started when a book called Superfoods: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life (Random House) was published in the US, fast becoming the latest grazing craze. And, unlike many faddish eating plans, the Superfoods diet is based on proven scientific evidence – even though it does mean dramatically changing the contents of your shopping basket.

Superfoods are a group of wholesome foods that pack a nutritious punch. In addition, they contain an exceptionally high nutrient content when compared to the amount of calories per serving. Wild Oats staff has researched the superfoods most recommended by dietary experts and has highlighted the following food groups in its stores: berries, citrus, cruciferous vegetables, eggs, green foods, green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, oats, olives and olive oil, fish rich in Omega-3fatty acids, orange vegetables, sea vegetables, seeds, soy, tea, tomatoes, turkey, whole grains and yogurt and kefir.

Medical professionals say that superfoods may help people feel more energetic, provide protection against disease, and promote a healthy lifestyle now and for the future. The antioxidants found in these products are a class of vitamins, minerals and enzymes that may help eliminate chemically active oxygen molecules thought to contribute to aging and chronic ailments such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

So, what can you eat? The Superfoods diet dictates that you need to eat the following every day – at least one or two cups of blueberries, half-a-cup each of broccoli and pumpkin, five to seven servings of oats, one of tomatoes, one orange, at least half an ounce of soy, one cup of steamed spinach or two cups of raw, one cup of tea and two cups of yoghurt. Every week, followers must also have four servings of beans, two to four of wild salmon, three or four of turkey and five ounces of walnuts.

So is it too good to be true? Well, not necessarily. Meredith Kennedy, a dietitian for Nutrition Australia says that all of the components of the Superfoods diet are nutrient-dense foods which are fantastically good for you – just don’t be put off by the rigidity of the plan. “We’d recommend all of these foods as healthy choices,” she says.

But don’t fret if you can’t stand broccoli, or if oranges turn you off. “You can substitute cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower or cabbage for broccoli,” says Kennedy. “And grapefruit, limes or lemons will give you similar nutrients to oranges.” The most important part to remember is to consume a wide variety of fruit and vegetables in your diet if you want to make sure you really are eating a super diet.

By: Rita Lambros-Segur

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