Cordyceps Regulates Blood Sugar June 10 2014
A significant amount of research has been done on the effect of Cordyceps on blood sugar level and diabetes. Diabetes is usually classified into two groups:
Type 1 usually begins early in life, when the immune systems attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. This type affects 10% of people who have diabetes.
In type 2 or adult onset diabetes, the consumption of too much sugar and refined carbohydrate over long periods of time leads to the development of cellular resistance to the action of insulin. The correlation between the overconsumption of these products and insulin sensitivity is still controversial. However, it is proven that overconsumption of sugar and refined carbohydrate leads to chronic hyperinsulinemia, which could be the reason for the loss of insulin sensitivity at the cellular level.
A number of clinical trials (in animals and humans) have shown the potential of Cordyceps as a blood sugar regulation agent. In one study, a group treated with 3grams per day of Cordyceps and another group treated by other more conventional methods demonstrated that 95% of the patients treated with Cordyceps showed improvement in their blood sugar profiles, compared with results of 54% improvement in the control group.
Various animal trials showed that Cordyceps improves blood glucose metabolism, increases insulin sensitivity and increases the liver’s output of the glucose-regulating enzymes glucokinase and hexokinase.