Cordyceps – ancient fungus for modern health benefits

I’d like to share a few uses of Cordyceps sinensis, a valuable herbal medicine we use to help support improvement and recovery in cases of fatigue, lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome including chronic infections and fibromyalgia. I like the fact that this is a very well studied medicine, both in folkloric and scientific terms and is completely safe to use as medicine and food. .

Cordyceps sinensis mushrooms have stood the test of time as a “super-ginseng” for rejuvenation and stamina.

Studies and historic folkloric use support the following properties of Cordyceps:

Improves fatigue – in a study done on >2,000 elderly patients with fatigue, Cordyceps reduced fatigue, cold intolerance, dizziness, nighttime urination, tinnitus, sexual function and desire, memory loss. Athletes extensively use Cordyceps to improve stamina and enducrance, and is said to be used by Chinese athletes winning a surprising amount of gold medals from 1992 onward. Cordyceps increases athletic performance

Adrenal and Sexual function – balances glandular function and has a profound effect on the adrenals, increasing the amount of hormones produced by the adrenals. Cordyceps is valuable in the treatment of sexual dysfunction and male impotence.

Respiratory and kidney health – even though it takes about 5 weeks to act in asthma and continuous use is essential, Cordyceps affects the immune system and inflammation positively. Cordyceps protects the kidneys against toxic stubstances, and causes overall significant improvement in creatinine clearance, reduces BUN in patients with chronic renal failure.

Cardiovascular health – Want to lower bad LDL cholesterol and increase good HDL cholesterol? Cordyceps can cause up to a 10% improvement within two months time while opening coronary arteries and increasing blood flow to the heart muscle and brain.


In traditional eastern use, these mushrooms are always cooked in soups and stews, and from research it appears that hot water extracts is the best method to harvest the active ingredients [beta-glucan polysaccharide] as compared to alcohol extracts and mushroom powder. Cordyceps is really a food and is extremely safe to use for people of all ages.



Paleo Strawberry Shortcake: Vit C, Potassium, Folic Acid and Fiber!

Paleo Strawberry Shortcake: Vit C, Potassium, Folic Acid and Fiber!

Fresh summer strawberries are one of the most popular, refreshing and healthy treats on the planet. Wild strawberries have been popular since ancient times and were used for a wide variety of medicinal purposes such as alleviating inflammation, fever, kidney stones, bad breath, gout and more.

Recent research on the benefits of strawberries from MNT news:

“Bad cholesterol reduced by strawberry consumption, A team of volunteers ate half a kilo of strawberries a day for a month to see whether it altered their blood parameters in any way. At the end of this unusual treatment, their levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides reduced significantly, according to the analyses conducted by Italian and Spanish scientists.” source


Paleo Strawberry Shortcake

Yield: 8-10 shortcakes

  • 300 grams almond flour (about 3 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 13.5-ounce can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons honey, to taste
  • 2 limes, zested
  • 1 quart strawberries, sliced


  1. Shortcakes: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add eggs, 2 tablespoons honey and lime juice. Stir dough until well combined. Drop by large spoonfuls onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.
  2. Whipped cream: Open bottom of can of coconut milk and pour off liquid. Scoop coconut cream into bowl and beat with hand mixer until it is the consistency of whipped cream. Add vanilla and honey to taste, and beat until combined. Fold in zest of one lime. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Assembly: Split the shortcakes and layer with sliced strawberries and whipped coconut cream. Garnish with remaining lime zest.
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