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Not all cordyceps products are made from 100% real mushrooms and hence do not contain the true, beneficial polysaccharides which they claim to provide. Some low quality cordyceps products are made from mycelium (the "roots" of the mushroom) which are grown on grains and are thus high in alpha-glucan (which are really starch with no medicinal benefits) and low in beta-glucan compounds.
Always look for mushroom supplements with high numbers of polysaccharides and beta-glucans (specially 1-3, 1-6 beta-glucans) and not just polysaccharides.
Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra is an unprecedented formula made with 100% organic American-grown Cordyceps sinensis extract and an ultra-concentrated 7-mushroom blend.
Comprising the most sought-after Agaricus blazei, Trametes versicolor, Ganoderma lucidum, Grifola frondosa, Lentinula edodes, Cordyceps sinensis and Cordyceps militaris, this potent recipe is certified organic and provides over 200 different immune-active heteropolysaccharides (including soluble 1-3, 1-6-beta-glucans) derived from a proprietary extraction technology and enzymatic process. Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra helps to support and boost the body’s natural immune defences in response to potential health threats.
Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra provides a full spectrum of bioactive compounds extracted from the most potent parts (mycelium, fruit body, primordia, spores and extracellular compounds) of Cordyceps sinensis, which were harvested throughout every stage of its life cycle. It is further fortified with a potent proprietary blend of 7-mushroom extract.
Thanks to its rich adenosine and amino acids which are imperative for the production of ATP (energy-carrying molecules in the cells), this potent supplement effectively supports endurance, vitality, healthy inflammatory response, immunity and overall wellness.
• Improves physical performance
• Supports healthy ageing
• Reduces discomfort resulting from intensive therapies
• Supports healthy blood glucose levels
• Supports healthy cholesterol levels
• Supports healthy kidney function
Contents: 90 veggie caps
Research proven benefits of Cordyceps sinensis
The following were extracted from clinical studies and for referencing purpose only. This does not imply that the product is claimed to treat, cure or prevent any disease.
1. Improve physical performance:
Cordyceps is known to boost cellular energy levels by increasing the body’s adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production, which is indispensable for delivering energy to the muscles. The increase of oxygen helps improve sports performance.
In this double-blind placebo-controlled prospective clinical trial, 20 healthy elderly (age 50 – 75 years old) were orally administered either 3 Cordyceps sinensis capsules (each 333 mg, 0.5% polysaccharides) or 3 placebo capsules 3 times daily with water or food for a total of 12 weeks. Maximal incremental exercise testing was performed on a stationary cycle ergometer using breath-by-breath analysis at baseline and at the completion of the study.
Administration of cordyceps for 12 weeks resulted in significant improvement in metabolic and ventilatory (breathing and oxygenation of the blood) thresholds, while no significant changes were observed for subjects in the placebo group. This study suggests that supplementation with Cordyceps sinensis improve exercise performance and may contribute to wellness in healthy elderly.
36 healthy men in their 20s were administered cultured Cordyceps sinensis or placebo for 2 weeks and their effects on exhaustive running were compared. Supplementation of the cordyceps resulted in increased energy generation and anti-fatigue effects, suggesting the efficacy of cordyceps in improving performance and endurance during this prolonged exercise.
2. Support healthy ageing:
Traditionally, cordyceps has been used by the elderly to reduce fatigue, boost strength and sex drive. The anti-ageing potential of cordyceps may be attributed to its high antioxidant content. Antioxidant neutralises free radicals, which would otherwise cause cell damage and become the foundation for disease and accelerated ageing.
In this animal test, mice were aged by D-galactose and castrated rats were administered Cordyceps sinensis extract and the anti-ageing effects on learning, memory and sexual function were observed.
Learning and memory function:
Mice aged by D-galactose were administered Cordyceps sinensis extract for 6 weeks and their learning and memory function were evaluated using the water maze and step-down type avoidance tests. Results showed shortened time taken by the mice to find the platform and escape out of the maze as well as decreased number of errors in these mice. This suggests that Cordyceps extract helps improve brain function in the aged mice.
Castrated rats were administered Cordyceps sinensis extract for 21 days and their sexual function was evaluated by measuring the penis erection latency (reaction time). Cordyceps extract appeared to shorten penis erection latency and mount latency in castrated rats. This suggests that Cordyceps extract helps promote sexual function.
Mice aged by D-galactose were administered Cordyceps sinensis extract for 6 weeks and the antioxidant enzyme activity was determined. Cordyceps extract was shown to improve antioxidant enzyme activity in the aged mice, including superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) as well as lowering the level of lipid peroxidation. All these findings suggest that Cordyceps sinensis extract has an anti-ageing effect.
In this animal test, mice were treated with Taxol (17 mg/kg body weight), a common chemotherapy drug one day before oral administration of Cordyceps sinensis extract (50 mg/kg daily) daily for 3 weeks. The white blood cell (WBC) counts in mice receiving Taxol were at 50% of the normal levels on day 28, but had been completely restored in the mice which were treated with Cordyceps extract. This suggests that Cordyceps sinensis helps enhance recovery from Taxol-induced leukopenia.
4. Potential anti-tumour effects
Cordyceps has been historically used to treat conditions, including many cancers for over 2000 years. In vitro and animal studies also suggest that Cordyceps helps suppress the growth of many types of cancer, including lung, colon, skin and liver cancers.
In this animal test, Cordyceps sinensis extract was administered on mice which were injected with mouse melanoma cells into their spleen. Cordyceps extract reduced HGF-accelerated melanoma cancer cell invasion in a dose-dependent manner and significantly prolonged their survival. This suggests that Cordyceps sinensis extract may help suppress HGF-accelerated tumor invasiveness of mouse melanoma cells and prevent the spread of cancer from its original site to other parts of the body.
This in vitro study showed that Cordyceps sinensis extract significantly suppressed proliferation of four cancer cell lines – breast cancer, mouse melanoma, human premyelocytic leukemia and human hepatocellular carcinoma. In an animal test, Cordyceps sinensis extract showed significant suppressing effect on melanoma in mice, causing around 60% reduced tumour size in 27 days. This suggests that Cordyceps sinensis extract has strong anti-tumour activity and could potentially be used as a source of natural anti-tumour products.
In this in vitro study, treatment of human lung cancer cell line with Cordyceps militaris extract for 48 hours was shown to decrease cellular proliferation and increase apoptosis in the cells. This supports the potential of the Cordyceps extract as a source of bioactive compounds, which may be used in anticancer strategies.
In this in vitro study, human colorectal cancer-derived cell line was treated with Cordyceps militaris extract for 48 hours and cytotoxicity was measured. Treatment with Cordyceps militaris extract significantly delayed the growth of the cancer cells, showing the high cytotoxicity of Cordyceps militaris to human colorectal carcinoma cells.
5. Manage blood glucose and complications of diabetes
A number of studies have been conducted to evaluate the effect of Cordyceps on blood sugar (glucose) level. When the body does not produce sufficient insulin or respond well to insulin, sugar cannot enter the cells but remains in the blood which results in high blood sugar level. If left untreated, excessive amount of sugar in the blood for prolonged periods can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and vision problems. Cordyceps helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels by mimicking the action of insulin.
In this animal test, rats were fed 250 mg/kg and 500 mg/kg of Cordyceps sinensis mycelial fermentation product or placebo daily for 17 days. Rats fed with either 250 mg/kg or 500 mg/kg Cordyceps extract showed significant reduction of fasting blood glucose by 27% and 24% from baselines respectively, after the 17-day treatment. In addition, the group with high dose treatment demonstrated a 37% decrease in the fasting plasma insulin. Glucose-insulin index (an index of insulin sensitivity) increased by 10% and 17% in both 250 mg/kg and 500 mg/kg groups. Oral glucose tolerance tests showed significant improvement of glucose tolerance at 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 hours after oral administration of a bolus of glucose. In short, Cordyceps sinensis extract could effectively lower basal blood glucose and plasma insulin, as well as improve glucose metabolism by enhancing insulin sensitivity and oral glucose tolerance.
In this animal test, diabetic rats were orally administered Cordyceps militaris at doses of 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 g/kg and 100 mg/kg metformin (a drug that lower blood sugar levels) for 4 weeks. Positive changes to blood (plasma) glucose levels and blood lipid were observed. High blood sugar and lipid in type 2 diabetes always lead to toxicity in the kidneys, resulting in kidney damage associated with severe inflammation. Oral administration of Cordyceps militaris was shown to reduce albuminuria (sign of kidney disease), blood urea nitrogen (sign of kidney not healthy) and inflammatory markers IL-6 and TNF-α. These findings suggest that Cordyceps militaris has the potential to manage diabetes and protect against kidney damage.
6. Support healthy cholesterol levels
It is well documented that reducing blood cholesterol, especially LDL or “bad” cholesterol could help prevent, arrest and even reverse coronary atheroscleorosis (buildup of fatty deposits on inner walls of arteries). Cordyceps has gained attention as a potential anti-hyperlipidemia agent and could potentially be used as a natural regimen for normalising cholesterol levels.
In this animal test, mice were orally administered Cordyceps sinensis extract daily, along with a cholesterol-enriched diet for 7 days. Their blood serum levels of total cholesterol, HDL or “good” cholesterol and liver total cholesterol were then measured.
Mice which were administered Cordyceps sinensis extract showed significant decrease of serum total cholesterol levels, compared to mice in control group. The Cordyceps extract also increased the HDL (good) cholesterol levels, but decreased very low-density lipoprotein plus low-density lipoprotein (VLDL + LDL) cholesterol levels in the blood. The changes in HDL, VLDL and LDL consequently decreased the atherogenic value, which is the tendency of forming fatty deposits in the arteries. In addition, liver cholesterol levels were lower in mice fed with the Cordyceps sinensis extract compared to that of the control group. These findings indicate the beneficial effects of Cordyceps sinensis extract on blood ad liver cholesterol levels.
7. Support healthy kidney function
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients experience progressive worsening of kidney function. Cordyceps preparation, as an adjuvant therapy to conventional medicine showed a promising potential to improve kidney function and alleviate CKD-associated complications. Cordyceps sinensis is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat people with CKD.
In this animal test, rats were subjected to 5/6 nephrectomy to mimic progressive kidney failure after the loss of renal mass in humans. The rats were then oral administered 4 mg/kg Cordyceps sinensis daily for 4 and 8 weeks after 5/6 nephrectomy. Results showed Cordyceps sinensis remarkably improved kidney function by increasing serum albumin, decreasing blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine. These findings suggest the protective effects of Cordyceps sinensis in subjects with kidney failure.
In this clinical trial, 98 CKD patients (aged 33 – 60 years) were administered 100mg of Cordyceps militaris or placebo daily for 3 months. After a 3-month treatment, Cordyceps militaris was shown to reduce the levels of urinal protein, blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine. These findings suggest that Cordyceps militaris helps improve kidney functions of CKD patients.
In addition, Cordyceps militaris is also shown to improve lipid profile of CKD patients by reducing blood (serum) levels of triglyceride, total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
Kidney disease is associated with increase in oxidative stress markers, even in the early stages of CKD. This could happen as a result of an increased reactive oxygen species, as well as a decrease in antioxidant protection. If left untreated, this oxidative stress can accelerate kidney injury progression. In this test, Cordyceps militaris was shown to reduce oxidative stress markers myeloperoxidase (MPO), and malondialdehyde (MDA) and increase superoxide dismutase (SOD) (a very important antioxidant defense against oxidative stress) in CKD patients. In brief, Cordyceps militaris may help protect against CKD progression.
8. Support healthy immune system
Cordyceps is known to regulate the immune system. It promotes strong immunity by stimulating cells and specific chemicals in the immune system. In addition, Cordyceps also balances immunity and works bi-directionally. It has suppressive effects on overactive immune response and may be used for treatment of autoimmune diseases. In other words, Cordyceps would boost underperforming immune system by increasing the production and activity of white blood cells as well as suppress overactive immune system by regulating the production and activity of white blood cells.
In this in vitro study, the immune-modulating effect of Cordyceps sinensis extract on natural killer cells as well as B and T lymphocytes were determined. Cordyceps extract was found to stimulate proliferation of splenocyte (white blood cells in the spleen) and enhance IFN-ɣ cytokine production in the mouse splenocytes, which plays a crucial role in host defense systems against microbes and viruses. Furthermore, the Cordyceps extract also enhanced the killing activity of natural killer cell lines which plays important roles in immunity against viruses and in the immune surveillance of tumours, indicating its immune-modulating activity. These findings suggest the potential use of Cordyceps sinensis extract to boost healthy immune function.
9. Support healthy respiratory system
Cordyceps sinensis has been used for centuries as a tonic to soothe the lung in the treatment of respiratory diseases, including asthma. Asthma affects people of all ages and typically begins at childhood. It is a chronic condition that affects the airways in the lungs, in which the inside walls of the airways become inflamed and swollen. This leads to wheezing and breathing difficulty. Early research suggests that taking Cordyceps may reduce asthma symptoms in adults.
120 patients (aged ≥ 18 years) with moderate-to-severe persistent asthma were orally administered Cordyceps sinensis extract or control for 3 months. Compared to control group, the Cordyceps group showed a significant improvement in lung function and an increase in health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) as measured with the Juniper’s Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (AQLQ). Besides, the expression levels of the inflammation markers IgE, ICAM-1, IL-4, and MMP-9 in the blood (serum) also decreased. These markers play an important role in the development of asthma. In short, Cordyceps sinensis has a promising potential to improve the quality of life, asthma symptoms, lung function and inflammatory profile of the patients with moderate-to-severe asthma.
Recommended Dosage: 2 veggie caps daily
Q. What is unique about Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra?
A. Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra is an unprecedented 7-mushroom formula, made with extract of 100% American grown Organic Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) and a Proprietary Blend Mushroom Extract (Agaricus blazei, Trametes versicolor, Ganoderma lucidum, Grifola frondosa, Lentinula edodes, Cordyceps sinensis and Cordyceps militaris). Its bioactive compounds are extracted from the most potent parts (including mycelium, fruit body, primordia, spores and extracellular compounds) of the 7 mushrooms, harvested throughout every stage of their life cycles. Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra provides ≥ 60% of total polysaccharides and ≥ 20% of 1-3, 1-6-beta-glucans. With the combined healing properties of multiple mushrooms, it offers a wide spectrum of health benefits that each mushroom has to offer.
Q. Are all cordyceps the same?
A. There are many different types of cordyceps in the markets. Cordyceps can be wild-harvested or cultivated. Wild Cordyceps sinensis is exceptionally rare and expensive while cultivated Cordyceps sinensis is more readily available and affordable. Although wild cordyceps offers a wide range of nutritional benefits, it may contain impurities which may not be safely removed. In contrast, typical cultivated cordyceps are safe but may not provide the same nutritional profile of wild cordyceps.
Organic Cordyceps sinensis in Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra is far superior to both typically cultivated cordyceps and wild cordyceps. Besides being cultivated in a safe and controlled environment, this proprietary cordyceps is the best cordyceps in the world. An advanced multi-layered technology and enzymatic processing is employed to derive an ultra-concentrated extract comprising a broad spectrum of small molecular bioactive compounds which are easily absorbed and utilised. Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra offers the same health benefits of wild Cordyceps sinensis but is tested to be 5X more potent than wild cordyceps.
Q. What are the key criteria to consider when choosing a Cordyceps or mushroom supplement?
A. Mushrooms comprise numerous forms of polysaccharides which are beneficial to human health, including beta-glucans. Total polysaccharides and 1-3, 1-6-beta glucans are quality markers of cordyceps or mushroom supplements and high amounts of these are favourable.
It is vital to note that another group of polysaccharide known as alpha-glucans (such as starch) provides no medicinal benefits. Mushroom typically contains <4% of alpha-glucans, thus, it is uncommon to find mushrooms supplements with a high number of alpha-glucans. However, an independent testing has found that some so-called “mushrooms” supplements contains over 70% starch and 0% beta glucans.
It is advisable to look for mushroom supplements with no added starch, mycelium or grains, which would otherwise increase the total polysaccharides but not added benefits. Beta-glucans are the secret behind immune-modulating property of medicinal mushrooms. These potent compounds are known to increase body resistance to viral and bacterial infection as well as reduce the risk of upper respiratory tract infection. Hence, always look for mushroom supplements with high numbers of polysaccharides and beta-glucans on the label and not just polysaccharides only. Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra is made from genuine extracts with no added starch, mycelium, grains, additive and fillers. It provides ≥ 60% of total polysaccharide and ≥ 20% of 1-3, 1-6-beta-glucans, over and above other unprecedented superiorities. It is your first choice of mushroom supplement.
Q. How safe is Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra?
A. Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra is developed under stringent safety standards. The mushrooms used are not irradiated at any stage of the production. A proprietary technology is employed to destroy microorganisms to achieve microbial cleanliness for the extracts. In addition, the mushrooms are also non-GMO, USDA-certified organic, DNA-certified authentic, third-party tested and produced in FDA-certified Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) facility. Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra is safe for long-term consumption.
Q. What are the health benefits of Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra?
A. Cordyceps has been reputed to be beneficial for the overall wellness. With the combined properties of 7 types of mushrooms, Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra provides superb support for endurance, energy, vitality, performance, healthy immunity, respiratory, cardiovascular, brain, kidney, liver and lung health as well as healthy inflammatory response. It also provides antioxidant protection and mitigates compromised immunity as a result of intensive therapies. It is highly recommended to incorporate Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra into your daily routine to achieve optimal energy levels, immunity and overall wellness.
Q. Does Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra cause "heatiness”?
A. No, it does not. In fact, cordyceps is a gentle tonic which is neither ‘heaty” nor “cooling”. NO known side effects have been documented for taking Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra. It can be taken on a regular basis to maintain optimal immunity and wellness.
Q. When is the best time to take Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra?
A. Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra can be taken anytime, before or after food. If you have a sensitive stomach, you may consider taking it with food. If you are on medications, please take Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra at least 2 hours apart to ensure its efficacy is not compromised.
Q. Is Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra suitable for children?
A. Yes, children from aged two can take Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra. In general, 1 capsule a day is sufficient for a kid. If swallowing is not possible, capsules may be opened and mixed into a drink or food for ease of consumption.
Q. I am prone to getting a cold and fall sick easily, is Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra able to improve my health?
A. Yes, Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra is perfect for strengthening your health. This natural supplement is power-packed with 7 types of mushroom extracts and cordyceps which synergistically help to boost immunity and support a healthy respiratory system. These beneficial effects could help expedite recovery from a sickness and minimise the frequency of future ailments.
Q. Does Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra require a prescription?
A. No, Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra is a natural supplement and not a medicine. No prescription is required.
Q. Is Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra safe for use during pregnancy and nursing?
A. Bioactive Organic Cordyceps Ultra has not been studied for use during pregnancy and nursing. If you are pregnant or nursing, we strongly advise you to consult your physician before taking any supplements.
Active ingredients per 2 capsules: 800 mg Organic Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) + 300 mg Proprietary Blend Mushroom Extract (Agaricus blazei, Trametes versicolor, Ganoderma lucidum, Grifola frondosa, Lentinula edodes, Cordyceps sinensis and Cordyceps militaris)
Note: No starch is added to make up the polysaccharides.
What is Cordyceps sinensis?
Cordyceps is a genus of parasitic fungi that includes approximately 400 different species. Grown on the larva of caterpillars, Cordyceps sinensis is a unique and precious medicinal herb which had been utilised in traditional therapies for centuries, to treat fatigue, ailments and low libido. It is beneficial in increasing energy, endurance, stamina and oxygen capacity. Health supplements that contain Cordyceps sinensis extract have become increasingly popular globally due to the purported health benefits it offers.