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6 Benefits of Cordyceps/White Catterpillar

Fungus, All Backed by Science

1. May Boost Exercise Performance
Cordyceps are thought to increase the body’s production of the molecule adenosine triphosphate
(ATP), which is essential for delivering energy to the muscles.

This may improve the way your body uses oxygen, especially during exercise

In one study, researchers tested their effects on exercise capacity in 30 healthy older adults using
a stationary bike. Participants received either 3 grams per day of a synthetic strain of Cordyceps
called CS-4 or a placebo pill for six weeks.

By the end of the study, VO2 max had increased by 7% in participants who had taken CS-4,
while participants given the placebo pill showed no change

VO2 max is a measurement used to determine fitness level.

In a similar study, 20 healthy older adults received either 1 gram of CS-4 or a placebo pill for 12

While researchers found no change in VO2 max in either group, participants given CS-4
improved other measures of exercise performance.

One study also tested the effects of a Cordyceps-containing mushroom blend on exercise
performance in younger adults

After three weeks, participants’ VO2 max had increased by 11%, compared to a placebo.

However, the current research suggests Cordyceps are not effective at improving exercise
performance in trained athletes

Summary Cordyceps have been shown to improve measures of exercise performance in older
and younger adults, but not in well-trained athletes.

2. Anti-Aging Properties
The elderly have traditionally used Cordyceps to reduce fatigue and boost strength and sex drive.

Researchers believe their antioxidant content may explain their anti-aging potential. Several
studies have found that Cordyceps increase antioxidants in aged mice, helping improve memory
and sexual function.

Antioxidants are molecules that fight cell damage by neutralizing free radicals, which can
otherwise contribute to disease and aging . One study found that mice that given Cordyceps lived
several months longer than mice given a placebo

Another study found that Cordyceps extended the lives of fruit flies, further supporting the belief
that they have anti-aging benefits

However, it’s unknown if Cordyceps have these same anti-aging benefits in humans.

Summary Research in mice suggests Cordyceps have anti-aging properties. While these findings
are promising, it’s unknown whether they apply to humans.

3. Potential Anti-Tumor Effects

Cordyceps’ potential to slow the growth of tumors has generated significant interest in recent

Researchers believe the fungi may exert anti-tumor effects in several ways.

In test-tube studies, Cordyceps have been shown to inhibit the growth of many types of human
cancer cells, including lung, colon, skin and liver cancers. Studies in mice have also shown that
Cordyceps have anti-tumor effects on lymphoma, melanoma and lung cancer.

Cordyceps may also reverse the side effects associated with many forms of cancer therapy. One
of these side effects is leukopenia.

Not to be confused with the cancer leukemia, leukopenia is a condition in which the number of
white blood cells (leukocytes) decreases, lowering the body’s defenses and increasing the risk of
infection .

One study tested the effects of Cordyceps on mice that developed leukopenia after radiation and
treatments with Taxol, a common chemotherapy drug.

Interestingly, Cordyceps reversed the leukopenia. These results suggest the fungi may help
reduce complications associated with some cancer treatments.

However, it’s important to note that these studies were performed in animals and test tubes, not

The effects of Cordyceps on leukopenia and tumor growth in humans is unknown, so health
experts can’t currently draw conclusions.

Summary Test-tube and animal studies suggest Cordyceps may have the potential to treat
cancer, as well as some side effects of cancer treatments. However, these effects have not been
shown in humans, and more research is needed.

4. May Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes
Cordyceps contain a special type of sugar that may help treat diabetes.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body either does not produce or respond to the hormone
insulin, which normally transports the sugar glucose into your cells for energy.

When your body does not produce enough insulin or respond well to it, glucose cannot enter the
cells, so it stays in the blood. Over time, having too much glucose in the blood can cause serious
health problems.

Therefore, it’s important for people with diabetes to make sure their blood sugar levels are well

Interestingly, Cordyceps may keep blood sugar levels within a healthy range by mimicking the
action of insulin.

In several studies in diabetic mice, Cordyceps have been shown to decrease blood sugar levels

Some evidence suggests that they may also protect against kidney disease, a common
complication of diabetes.

In a review of 22 studies including 1,746 people with chronic kidney disease, those who took
Cordyceps supplements experienced improved kidney function .

However, these results aren’t conclusive. The authors of the review stated that many of the
studies were low quality. Therefore, no conclusions could be made about the effects of
Cordyceps on kidney function in humans with chronic kidney disease.

Summary Chronically elevated blood sugar levels are common in people with uncontrolled
diabetes and can have serious health effects. Research in animals suggests Cordyceps may have
potential as a diabetes treatment.

5. Possible Benefits for Heart Health

As research emerges on the effects of Cordyceps on heart health, the benefits of the fungi are
becoming increasingly apparent.

In fact, Cordyceps are approved in China for the treatment of arrhythmia, a condition in which
the heartbeat is too slow, too fast or irregular

A study found that Cordyceps significantly reduced heart injuries in rats with chronic kidney
disease. Injuries to the heart from chronic kidney disease are thought to increase the risk of heart
failure, so reducing these injuries may help avoid this outcome.

The researchers attributed these findings to the adenosine content of Cordyceps. Adenosine is a
naturally occurring compound that has heart-protective effects .

Cordyceps may also have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels.

Animal research has shown that Cordyceps decrease “bad” LDL cholesterol . LDL can raise your
risk of heart disease by leading to the buildup of cholesterol in your arteries.

Similarly, Cordyceps have been shown to decrease triglyceride levels in mice.Triglycerides are a
type of fat found in your blood. High levels are linked to a greater risk of heart disease.

Unfortunately, there is insufficient evidence to determine whether Cordyceps benefit heart health
in humans.

Summary Cordyceps may benefit heart health by helping prevent arrhythmias and lowering
levels of triglycerides and “bad” LDL cholesterol.

6. May Help Fight Inflammation

Cordyceps is said to help fight inflammation in the body.

Although some inflammation is good, too much can lead to diseases like heart disease and

Research has shown that when human cells are exposed to Cordyceps, special proteins that
increase inflammation in the body become suppressed.Thanks to these potential effects,
researchers believe Cordyceps may serve as a useful anti-inflammatory supplement or drug.

In fact, Cordyceps have been shown to reduce inflammation in the airways of mice, making them
a potential therapy for asthma. However, the fungi appear to be less effective than commonly
prescribed drugs used to provide relief for inflamed areas of the body.

Reishi Mushroom is an amazing immune system booster!

It significantly improves the functioning of the immune system– whether your immune system is
deficient or excessive, it’s is a superb immune modulator. It contains unique, rare polysaccharides–
proven to increase the RNA and DNA in bone marrow…which is where the body makes B cells. Studies
have shown that it promotes both B and T cell production. These are specialized cells that are a critical
part of your immune system.

Reishi promotes liver health!

Research shows that Reishi helps regenerate the liver. The powerful compounds that are contained in
wild reishi helps accelerate the clearance of drugs and chemicals that the liver stores– relieving free
radical activity and promoting cell regeneration. This powerful mushroom helps to promote the
production of bile and fatty acid synthesis…which promotes faster detoxification of the liver.

Reishi helps combat chronic hepatitis!

It contains a special compound, gandosterone, which has strong anti-hepatotoxic activity and promotes
rapid cell recovery. This is particularly useful for people battling chronic hepatitis– a disease that slowly
erodes people’s health and often leads to premature death.

Reishi is a cancer fighting mushroom!

Reishi has been approved for treatment with some kinds of cancer in Japan and has been used safely
and effectively as treatment for those cancers for awhile. Often used in conjunction with other drugs or
radiation, it’s been demonstrated that Reishi can help reduce side effects of radiation therapy and
simultaneously contributes to the rebuilding the immune system.

Reishi has depression fighting properties!

Well known for its calming and mood-boosting properties, Reishi is a world-class herb to use for
treatment of depression. Impaired liver function, poor nutrition, and infection are all often root causes
of depression, anxiety, and irritability…Reishi can help treat this!

Reishi is a powerful Anti-histamine!

Research coming from Japan has demonstrated that reishi is a powerful anti-histamine, making it useful
for allergies–including food and drug allergies, anaphylactic shock, atopic dermatitis, hay fever, and

Shiitake as supplements

Shiitake mushrooms have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. They’re also part of the
medical traditions of Japan, Korea, and Eastern Russia .

In Chinese medicine, shiitake are thought to boost health and longevity, as well as improve circulation.

Studies suggest that some of the bioactive compounds in shiitake may protect against cancer and
inflammation (4).

However, many of the studies have been done in animals or test tubes rather than people. Animal
studies frequently use doses that far exceed those that people would normally get from food or

In addition, many of the mushroom-based supplements on the market have not been tested for potency

Although the proposed benefits are promising, more research is needed.

SUMMARY Shiitake have a long history of use, both as a food and in supplements.

May aid heart health

Shiitake mushrooms may boost heart health. For example, they have three compounds that help lower

 Eritadenine. This compound inhibits an enzyme involved in producing cholesterol.

 Sterols. These molecules help block cholesterol absorption in your gut.

 Beta glucans. This type of fiber can lower cholesterol.

One study in rats with high blood pressure found that shiitake powder prevented an increase in blood
pressure .

A study in lab rats fed a high-fat diet demonstrated that those given shiitake developed less fat in their
livers, less plaque on their artery walls, and lower cholesterol levels than those that didn’t eat any

Still, these effects need to be confirmed in human studies before any solid conclusions can be made.

SUMMARY Several compounds in shiitake help lower cholesterol and may reduce your risk of heart

May boost your immune system

Shiitake may also help strengthen your immune system.

One study gave people two dried shiitake daily. After one month, their immune markers improved and
their inflammation levels dropped .

This immune effect might be partly due to one of the polysaccharides in shiitake mushrooms .

While people’s immune systems tend to weaken with age, a mouse study found that a supplement
derived from shiitake helped reverse some age-related decline in immune function .

SUMMARY Eating shiitake mushrooms regularly may help boost your immune system.

Contain compounds with potential anticancer activity

Polysaccharides in shiitake mushrooms may also have an anticancer effect .

For example, the polysaccharide lentinan helps fight tumors by activating your immune system .

Lentinan has been shown to inhibit the growth and spread of leukemia cells.

In China and Japan, an injectable form of lentinan is used alongside chemotherapy and other major
cancer treatments to improve immune function and quality of life in people with gastric cancer .

However, evidence is insufficient to determine whether eating shiitake mushrooms has any effect on

SUMMARY Lentinan is a polysaccharide in shiitake mushrooms that may help fight cancer.

Other potential benefits

Shiitake mushrooms may also help fight infections and promote bone health.

Promising antibacterial and antiviral effects

Several compounds in shiitake have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal effects .As antibiotic
resistance is growing, some scientists think it's important to explore the antimicrobial potential of

That said, while isolated compounds show antimicrobial activity in test tubes, eating shiitake is unlikely
to have any effect on viral, bacterial, or fungal infections in people.

May strengthen your bones

Mushrooms are the only natural plant source of vitamin D.

Your body needs vitamin D to build strong bones, yet very few foods contain this important nutrient.

The vitamin D levels of mushrooms vary depending on how they’re grown. When exposed to UV light,
they develop higher levels of this compound.

In one study, mice fed a low-calcium, low-vitamin-D diet developed symptoms of osteoporosis. In
comparison, those given calcium and UV-enhanced shiitake had higher bone density .

However, keep in mind that shiitake provide vitamin D2. This is an inferior form compared with vitamin
D3, which is found in fatty fish and some other animal foods.

SUMMARY Compounds in shiitake have antimicrobial properties, though you’re unlikely to gain benefits
from eating the mushrooms themselves. Shiitake with higher vitamin D levels may improve your bone

Possible side effects

Most people can safely consume shiitake, although some side effects may occur.

In rare cases, people can develop a skin rash from eating or handling raw shiitake.

This condition, called shiitake dermatitis, is thought to be caused by lentinan.

In addition, using powdered mushroom extract over a long period may cause other side effects,
including stomach upset and sensitivity to sunlight.

Some also claim that mushrooms’ high purine levels can cause symptoms in people with gout.
Nonetheless, research suggests that eating mushrooms is linked to a lower risk of gout

Testimonials for Essiac Tea

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Submitted by Thomas Smith - Jan. 18th 2015

I was diagnosed with level 3 melanoma cancer in 1995. It metastasized to a gland in my forearm. It was
confirmed at UCI Cancer clinic. Well, I was told that it was not a good thing, and that I need to prepare
for a battle.

I started a Essiac tea regiment. In Four weeks the tumor in my arm disappeared and became a scar ball.
My immune system identified the cancer and killed it. I know this because when the doctors went in to
remove the tumor and opened up the spot on my arm – this is what they found.
I have been cancer free for almost twenty years now. Go figure….

Submitted by Byron Spears - July 18th 2014

I took this as a skeptic to treat a worrisome looking pre-cancer skin condition, similar to what my Father
had removed with surgery. One reason I tried it is because it was given to me free. A decade long slowly
worsening ever increasing sore spot on my nose has vanished completely and other areas are following
suit. I so wish I would have documented this – I would have never believed it. Now that I’m sold I wish
the dry Cammas prairie tea I’m buying wasn’t so expensive! Any suggestions? I feel like if I could afford
to up the amount I use the really bad areas would have a better chance of cure.

Submitted by opn4bzns - Nov. 17th 2013

March 2013 my wife was told she had cancer of the colon that had spread to her liver that showed 8
tumors. Her cancer markers, a cancer test of the blood, was over 2200…normal is under 5. She started
chemo immediately and I started her on Essiac Tea…3 ounces 3 times a day.

The Pet Scan taken in October 2013 showed the cancer in the colon was not even showing up on the
scan any more…Doctor said it was asleep whatever that means. Only 1 tumor was found on the liver…7
are gone. Her cancer marker went from 2200 to 2.5 which is in the normal range. Doctor said in the
beginning they can’t cure her cancer…just maybe prolong her life. Was it the Chemo or the Essiac that
bought this wonderful change?…I don’t know, but her doctor is amazed at her progress, so we are going
to continue the Essiac. Good luck to all of you out there.

Submitted by Claudia Baker - June 18th 2013

I happened to find this website today. A few years back, my dalmatian was diagnosed with
osteosarcoma, and given 8 weeks to live maybe… I started cooking for her, cancer fighting foods and
giving her Essiac Tea. She lived well over 2 1/2 years past what was hoped. I used to drink it as well. As I
have gotten older, I forgot about what wonderful things this tea can do. I am going back on it!

Rita Berens - via Facebook April 9th 2013

I would like to put on here my experience with the tea. I was in such pain with my feet. I was thinking
that the doctor would be telling me that the circulation was bad, and would eventually be removing my
legs. I have to say that I have type 2 diabetes. I suffered for such a long time. It was numbness, cold,
then hot, and such pain. I did not sleep and if my feet would touch or legs, it was horrible.

My sister whom had anal cancer, learned from her minister about essiac tea. She told me about it, as my
doctor at the time seem to say “Go home and suffer”. I had a very hard time walking, let alone not
getting any sleep. So she sent away for the sample. I notice a improvement. So I ordered a six month
supply. The pain is not all gone. But I am able to sleep and can put my shoes on and walk.

No I am not walking miles. But I am up and on my feet. When you get to the point where you think, that
they will cut off your legs, and it might be better. You know its bad. Thanking my sister daily that she
recommended the tea, and that is there… will continue to use this as long as I am alive.I keep spreading
the word about the tea,to whomever will listen.

Kirsty Miller - via Facebook April 1 2013

This tea is amazing I tell everyone I can about it! I started taking it for detoxing not realising the affected
it would have on my skin! I have suffered bad skin eczema since I was a baby! This tea within two weeks
of me taking it every day! New skin started to grow under my rough skin! The old skin shed like a snake
better than any ointment or steroid cream!

A family member has liver disease I told her about the wonders of this tea which has helped shrink
tumours! She started taking this and her viral load reduced by thousands! I tell everyone I can about the
wonder of this tea! I’m In awe of its work! Thank u rene cassie Essiac Tea

Wendy Johnson - via Facebook Mar. 31 2013

I just wanted to post a success story I was diagnosed with cervical cancer a few yrs back and did not
want to go through the chemo or surgery I decided the best treatment was essiac tea went back a yr
later for recheck all tests came back negative for any cancer cells.

Last March our dog had a tumor removed from his leg which came back as positive for stage 3 mast cell
cancer I decided to give him essiac for it. Our vet said his average life span would be 2 yrs without any
treatment and maybe 3 yrs with radiation if he lived through it and would cost aprox $9000 for the
treatment plus I would have to take him to a different state for the treatment.

Well today after his yearly checkup they were unable to find anymore tumors and also the lyme disease
he has been plagued with for the last 3 yrs including head tremors from it seems to have completely
cleared up!

Luis Guerrero - via Facebook Mar. 14 2013

Glad I found this page! 2 years ago i was diagnose with Psoriasis. Doctors tried to give me steroids and
UV Radiation treatment etc….. to treat my psoriasis, it made my psoriasis worse.after a few appts with
the Doctor, I started to refused any of that since i did not trust the US doctor’s & the government
controlling them any more.

Throughout that time, my outbreaks got worse and worse. I started drinking Essiac tea daily, Morning
/Lunch/Dinner! It wasn’t until about 3 weeks after that i started to see results. after the 4th week I ran
out of tea but i continued to drink Water water water and fed my body foods high in nutrients that the
body needs. 1 month after that, my psoriasis had dramatically reduce by 90%. 1 month after that my
psoriasis had completely gone away.

Essiac Tea really restored my bodies immune system and gave it that spark of life to heal itself. For those
reading this, if you have have or know someone that has psoriasis, Recommend them Essiac Tea! There
is Hope

Stefania Viola - via Facebook Mar. 4th 2013

I too would like to contribute my success story.

Last September I was diagnosed with an endometrium (uterus) malignant tumor at stage1. Kind of
caught my husband and I off balance because we were expecting totally different news, as we were
trying to have children through assisted procreation. Must have been a sign that in this life it is not
meant to be and our future was leading us in another direction.

We are immensily grateful that after two months a further isterioscopy with biopsy resulted I was clean
and with no ailment. During those 2months I had taken Essiac.
A balanced mix of all the prayers our loved ones spent for me, plain good luck and Essiac therapy
defiinately proved miraculous.

With the NewYear we also made our dream come true, adopting by distance 3 wonderful needy
children. One door closes, but another more glorious one opens. Best of luck to whomever is in their
moment of need!

Miracles happen.