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All 'tonic' or 'adaptogen' nutritional products are known for benefiting the whole body, either directly or indirectly. While this is true for all foods to some degree, it is much more pronounced with products like NSP's new Cordyceps.Because Cordyceps gives the glands a nutritional 'tune-up' and improves other bodily functions, these benefits cascade into all parts of the body an effect referred to as 'tonifying' or 'adaptogenic'. In other words, Cordyceps nutrients can 'adapt' to benefit the unique characteristics of each consumei; without harmful side-effects".

When China's national women's track and field team broke several records in 1993, and again one year later, it caused a sensation and raised questions about possible use of performance-enhancing drugs. While no drug residues were detected, the coach did reveal that the team was drinking a tonic made from "Cordyceps", a well-known, natural Chinese supplement.

Oriental supplements (like Reishi and shiitake mushrooms) are now very popular. Another important species (Cordyceps sinensis) is just now getting recognition. Cordyceps used to be so rare that only the Chinese Emperor and a few wealthy individuals could afford it. They believed it to be well worth the cost.

Cordyceps sinensis literally translated means 'winter bug, summer herb'. The herb is a fungus and is the most valued medicinal fungi of all Chinese medicine and considered the most potent. The rare fungus is only found in locations over 3,500 metres and expensive when collected. In the 1980's a method was developed to cultivate Cordyceps in a controlled environment for purity and consistent quality which saw the cost being dramatically lowered.

The NSP Advantage

Nature's Sunshine Products is one of the first companies to make this product available in Western society. Their Cordyceps provides a higher level of purity and more consistent quality and standard than Cordyceps grown in the wild. This is due to the controlled environment and the cultivation processes NSP utilises. The natural strain of Cordyceps they offer (CS-4) most closely matches that of the wild-crafted Cordyceps sinensis so highly prized that grows atop the high plateaus of Tibet. Other forms of Cordyceps on the market may be different species or strains of Cordyceps and may not offer its complete benefits.


Cordyceps is a well-studied herb with many pharmacological actions. Its properties are similar to ginseng and it is traditionally used to help the body increase strength and endurance. It also benefits the glandular system, being especially helpful with male potency and female vitality. Scientific studies conclude that in addition, the circulatory and nervous system, upper respiratory and urinary tracts receive major benefits. The Chinese consider tonic supplements like Cordyceps are famous for slowing the aging process.

While Cordyceps is extremely pure and safe, studies have only been conducted with adults. Pregnant or lactating women should consult their health care professional before using Cordyceps.

The recommended use is two or three capsules three times daily with meals. Some people choose to double this serving size in order to get more noticeable results or to shorten the initial three or four weeks it often takes to notice the product's full range of benefits.

As stated above, Cordyceps nutrients can "adapt" to benefit the unique characteristics of each consumer, without harmful side-effects.

Therapeutic Use

Cordyceps, originating from Traditional Chinese Medicine, can help support both the immune and respiratory systems. It may be beneficial in providing temporary relief of coughs. It also helps maintain stamina, endurance and general well-being. Best used in times of physical exertion and during convalescence.

Active Ingredients

Each capsule contains 530mg of powdered Cordyceps sinensis hyphae


For adults: take two to three capsules with a meal three times daily. For children age 6-12 years: take one capsule with a meal three times daily.


Always read the label. If cough or symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner. Not to be used in children under 2 years of age without medical advice. IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST SEE YOUR DOCTOR/HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL

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