Fatty Liver? Cordyceps Mushroom in Cordycepin Drug May Help

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Do you eat too much fat? Drink alcohol too much? Or have a liver disease? Perhaps you’ve had food poisoning before, or were born with a deficient liver. Either way, there is a product called Cordycepin, whose name comes from the primary fungus from which it is derived, Cordyceps medicinal mushroom.

Cordyceps mushroom has beneficial constituents for the liver, including a fatty liver. Metabolic profiles of the plasma and liver were researched for Cordycepin (drug with Cordyceps mushroom) in hyperlipidemic rodents to check what health benefits it might provide for the liver.

Fatty livers are a common issue for people who eat processed foods, high-fat foods, the wrong (unhealthy) types of fats, and can cause liver disease, such as gallstones. Gall bladder disease is actually a liver disease, and is often caused by dietary habits. Cordyceps mushroom has a history of being used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for the liver and kidneys and lungs, as well as other health benefits.

Cordycepin made from Cordyceps medicinal mushroom helps fatty liver

Cordycepin, utilizing the beneficial ingredient Cordyceps sinensis, also called Caterpillar Fungus, or Chinese Caterpillar Mushroom, was studied by Y Sun, YH Wang, et al., at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, in Beijing.

After a high-fat diet that caused hyperlipidemia the test subjects were treated with simvastatin or cordycepin for a total of four weeks. Although the Cordycepin did not regulate the fats very much regarding the plasma, the greater impact may have come from the Cordyceps medicinal mushroom effects on the liver itself. Researchers concluded “that cordycepin might have a protective effect on liver under fatty liver condition.”

Aside from Cordysepin, the drug, the actual medicinal mushroom Cordyceps can be found as a supplement at most health food stores or supplement shops. One of the many popular brands of medicinal mushroom supplements that are for liver support include a variety of mushrooms, including Cordyceps sinensis, Mesima (Phellinus linteus), Coriolus (Trametes versicolor), Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), Shiitake (Lentinula edodes), and Poria Cocos.

Be sure to discuss any liver health issues with your doctor before taking supplements or requesting any drug like Cordycepin that includes Cordyceps mushroom.

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References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21623517

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