For thousands of years, Cordyceps Sinensis (mushroom) has been an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine. Its origin is not so sexy, however its qualities are extraordinary. Found in the Himalayan regions of Tibet and Nepal, sprouted from caterpillar carcasses, this potent fungus is used to treat numerous health conditions while boosting sexual vigor and overall vitality. As legend would have it, cordyceps was discovered by Himalayan shepherds who observed a drastic increase in liveliness and mating activity among their herds after eating this particular mushroom. Soon emperors were sending for it to boost their own libidos, stamina and energy. Tibetan monks also used cordyceps for mindful meditation, to strengthen their immunity, and fortify their lungs, heart and kidneys, as well as to promote longevity.
Cordyceps is regarded as a lung tonic and has been widely used in Chinese hospitals to treat asthma, pneumonia and other respiratory conditions. It is also used by athletes to increase stamina, strength and endurance. Cordyceps attracted attention among athletes around the world in 1993 at the World Track and Field Championships in Stutgartt, Germany after nine Chinese runners, who regularly took cordyceps, broke six world records. For optimum stamina levels, many athletes have since utilized cordyceps to naturally enhance their performance. For greater lung capacity and for better breathing, cordyceps is said to keep the lungs healthy and can help prevent illnesses.
Cordyceps is an extremely effective and powerful life-enhancing agent now used by millions worldwide to increase energy and vitality and to promote respiratory, circulatory, and sexual health. Studies also show that cordyceps can enhance the immune system, increase the capacity of the body to produce energy and reduce fatigue, as well as support healthy liver and kidney function. In cardiovascular studies, cordyceps enhanced nutritional blood supply to the organs and extremities, specifically increasing blood supply to the brain, and defending the heart against stress. Researchers have also found that cordyceps is also an effective treatment for cancer, as it inhibits the growth, division, and proliferation of cancer cells in the body.
Another highly beneficial herb extract is from the Fenugreek seed, which is commonly found growing in the Mediterranean region. Fenugreek seeds contain protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, and diosgenin (a compound that has properties similar to estrogen), and promote healthy libido and testosterone functions in both women and men. Other benefits include improved body composition (increased lean body mass, enhanced muscles, diminished visceral fat), mood and cognition.
Fenugreek has been used to treat arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, improve digestion, maintain a healthy metabolism, increase libido and male potency, cure skin problems (wounds, rashes and boils), treat sore throat, and cure acid reflux. It also has a long history of use for the treatment of reproductive disorders, to induce labor, to treat hormonal disorders, to help with breast enlargement, and to reduce menstrual pain. Recent studies have shown that Fenugreek helps lower blood glucose and cholestrol levels, and may be an effective treatment for diabetes. Due to its estrogen-like properties, fenugreek has been found to help increase libido and lessen the effect of hot flashes and mood fluctuations that are common symptoms of menopause and PMS.
We don’t have to travel to the Himalayas to find these amazing cordyceps mushrooms, or to the Mediterranean to harvest Fenugreek seeds. They are available in many forms and easily accessible in most health food stores and vitamin shops. One of the best products I’ve found that contain Cordyceps AND Fenugreek is Add Lib, a daily supplement for women with other beneficial ingredients such as Maitake, which benefits immune and cardiovascular health; Damiana – effective in relieving anxiety and stress; Ginseng – enhances immune functions, also strengthens the adrenal and reproductive glands; Maca – has energizing effects, fertility enhancement and aphrodisiac qualities; Dong Quai – relieves constipation, increases red blood cell count (which helps treat anemia), and relieves menstrual disorders such as cramps, irregular menstrual cycles, infrequent periods, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and menopausal symptoms; Wulinshine – proven to alleviate insomnia and depression, Passionflower – balances body & mind, and reduces anxiety; Vitamin B12 – for healthy digestion, energy enhancement and a positive disposition (anti-depressant).
Staying active is essential for maintaining optimum health and retaining a youthful appearance. As an avid hiker and mountainbiker, being able to keep up with my boyfriend on the trail (and in bed) is what I strive for. Since I began taking Add Lib over a year ago, I’ve noticed a tremendous difference in my overall energy level, endurance, stamina and libido. There is a similar supplement for men called Mdrive, with all the same ingredients as Add Lib except for Wulinshine and Passionflower. Men who take Mdrive report increased energy, stamina, strength and endurance.