Cordyceps active principles are cordycepin, cordycepic acid and polysaccharides and sterols. Sterols help reduce LDL cholesterol, inflammation and aid in tissue regeneration. Cordyceps is an excellent immune system stimulant and also stimulates cardiac and respiratory function. It may also be beneficial for asthmatic individuals as it helps reduce inflammatory cytokines and inflammation.
It can be given to athletes to improve post-exercise muscle recovery and it improves circulation in particular to the brain. It is therefore useful in the case of decreases cognitive function. It is a potent antioxidant also!