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Health Benefits and Uses of
Cordyceps Mushroom

Support for Lung Health


What is Cordyceps?

Organic-CordycepsCordyceps, also known as the caterpillar fungi, is a capless mushroom which has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2000 years to treat a variety of health concerns. More potent than Ginseng, and worth four times its weight in silver in ancient times, Cordyceps holds a highly esteemed position in the vast ranks of the Chinese pharmacopoeia – which the West has only recently begun to incorporate into medical practices.

Cordyceps Militaris

At Xtend-Life, we’ve chosen to use Cordyceps militaris instead of the more common Cordyceps sinesis. This decision has been based on research that shows that the militaris strand contains higher levels of bioactive ingredients, polyphenolics and flavonoids, and can therefore produce greater antioxidant effects.


  • Supports lung health
  • Helps the body fight the impacts of environmental air pollutants and smoking 
  • Encourages natural oxygen uptake during exercise
  • Helps to manage the symptoms of coughs and colds

Uses of Cordyceps

While Cordyceps can help to support a number of health issues including heart ailments and fatigue, it is traditionally most often used in the support of issues related to or stemming from the kidneys and the lungs.

Enhanced oxygen utilization


Cordyceps is believed to promote more efficient utilization of available oxygen, supporting its long history of use in preventing against altitude sickness.

Inflammation management


Cordyceps has inflammation managing properties which may bring some relief to people whose airways become obstructed due to an allergic reaction, resulting in the swelling of the bronchial pathways.

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Lung Health


Cordyceps is known to ease respiratory ailments including coughs and phlegm, shortness of breath, bronchial discomfort and asthma.

Signs You May Need Cordyceps

Cordyceps is beneficial for anyone concerned about their lung health, including those who are regularly exposed to pollutants including atmospheric pollution and smoking. It has also been shown to be beneficial for athletes in the support of oxygen uptake during exercise. Cordyceps may also help to manage symptoms of colds and coughs.

Products containing Cordyceps Extract

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Other Medicinal Mushrooms That May Be of Interest

Chaga: A parasitic fungus that supports healthy breathing, modulating imbalances in the immune system and helping to manage inflammatory conditions in the lungs.

Reishi: Reishi mushrooms have been used extensively in Asia as the “mushroom of immortality”. Reishi is known to promote longevity, resist aging, and boost energy.

Turkey Tail: A common polypore mushroom with strong immune boosting effects, Turkey Tail can help resist seasonal ailments and support healthy lung function.