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A daily cordyceps dosage supports your body’s energy levels while providing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fatigue benefits

The Recommended Cordyceps Dosage to Achieve Your Health & Wellness Goals

by Shelly Roberts

September 21, 2021

Cordyceps has become a much sought-after functional mushroom. It is in demand with fitness enthusiasts and is desired as a supplement to support a variety of health and wellness goals. This fungus that grows in nature as a parasite on caterpillars has quite a following.

The Cordyceps genus comprises about 750 different species; 35 of these have been researched for their medicinal properties. Two powerful species, Cordyceps sinensis and Cordyceps militaris, are readily available in dietary supplement form.

If you are interested in putting this superfood mushroom to work in your wellness routine, you may be wondering what is an appropriate cordyceps dosage. Continue reading to learn more about this unusual “mushroom,” also called the caterpillar fungus, and the benefits it may hold for you.

Why Is There So Much Interest in Cordyceps?

Cordyceps are found naturally in the humid temperate and tropical forests throughout Asia. Though this unusual fungus has a long history in traditional and folk medicine, it is also the subject of much scientific research. Its strong mycochemicals (substances found in fungi) create tremendous potential for use as immunomodulatory, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory medicines.

Many people are curious about these intriguing mushrooms that may support a variety of health and wellness goals. Consider these frequently asked questions:

QUESTION:

What are the benefits of cordyceps?

ANSWER:

Cordyceps has been valued in Traditional Chinese Medicine and as a medicinal food for centuries. It has been used historically to treat fatigue, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and a host of other ailments.

QUESTION:

How does cordyceps support energy?

ANSWER:

One of the most intriguing benefits of cordyceps involves energy. Supplementation with cordyceps appears to increase the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is the energy source used inside our cells. Research suggests cordyceps can help the body to attenuate oxidative stress and upregulate ATP production thus providing a healing effect.

QUESTION:

What nutrients does cordyceps provide?

ANSWER:

The primary bioactive compounds in Cordyceps species are beta-glucans, polysaccharides, sterols, peptides, and flavinoids. In addition, cordyceps provides essential amino acids, B vitamins, trace elements, and fiber.

QUESTION:

What is the most effective cordyceps dosage?

ANSWER:

Cordyceps has been tested with animals and humans at various dosages and found to be safe even at many times the clinical dose. A moderate dose of 2g (2000mg) is the amount experts recommend for daily use, though some suggest doubling up for the first two weeks to allow your body to more quickly establish its beneficial profile.

QUESTION:

How can I incorporate cordyceps into my daily routine?

ANSWER:

You can conveniently add whole food cordyceps to your daily routine by using certified, organic mushroom powders, drink mixes, and broths. As an alternative, cordyceps powder capsules provide a quick and easy way to supplement with this functional mushroom.

QUESTION:

How long will it take to see results?

ANSWER:

Research suggests that results may be seen in as little as one week of cordyceps use. Even more benefits are seen with the regular use of a daily dose. 

Research Supports the Benefits of Daily Cordyceps Dosage

Besides the anecdotal evidence of cordyceps’ benefits throughout history, there is scientific research to back it up (as you’ll see below). With so many different bioactive components, there have been many potential benefits identified.

Cordyceps Benefits in Animal Research

Most of the research with cordyceps has been conducted in vitro (cell cultures in the lab) or with animals. These are some of the highlights: 

  • Extracts of cultivated C. militaris mycelium and fruit bodies showed anti-inflammatory activity in animal research as well as blocking the detection of painful stimuli by sensory neurons.
  • Extracts of Cordyceps sinensis and Cordyceps militaris provided hypoglycemic activity, lowering blood sugar in adult rats.
  • Polysaccharides from C. militaris had an anti-fatigue effect in mice, prolonging their time to exhaustion in swimming tests and decreasing biochemical indicators of fatigue.

Cordyceps supplementation provided an energizing, anti-fatigue effect in animal studies and was safely tolerated even at high doses.

Cordyceps Benefits in Human Research

In human research studies mentioned below, cordyceps has shown several potential benefits related to exercise and energy levels. These include:

  • Research with elderly adults given 3g of C. sinensis showed improved aerobic capacity and ventilatory function and resistance to exercise fatigue versus those receiving a placebo.
  • Healthy young adults who received 4g of C. militaris improved tolerance to high intensity exercise after one week and exhibited greater benefits (maximum oxygen consumption and ventilatory threshold) when supplementation continued for two additional weeks.
  • The effects of cordyceps were examined for their ability to downregulate the immune response to decrease inflammation and tissue damage. To determine an effective cordyceps dosage, healthy college students were given one of three doses of C. militaris (0.5g, 1.5g, or 3.0g). At all three doses, C. militaris downregulated the inflammatory response, but the medium dose (1.5g) showed the strongest immune regulating activity.

Cordyceps contributed to improved exercise tolerance and oxygen consumption in research with both young and older adults, and it was tolerated in moderate doses.

Finding a Quality Cordyceps Supplement

Om Mushroom offers quality cordyceps mushroom supplements in a variety of formats. Om's loose cordyceps powder blend is made from the dried and ground mycelium and fruit bodies—a very versatile way to get your daily cordyceps dosage. It can be easily stirred into your morning latte or your post-workout smoothie. Alternatively, capsules containing the same high-quality powder can be swallowed as a quick and convenient way to get your daily dose.

If you prefer a drink mix that you simply stir into water, Om has you covered. Try an energy blend powered by cordyceps. Energy+Citrus Orange Mushroom Drink Mix is specially curated to support energy and focus by combining the benefits of cordyceps with lion’s mane and reishi. With the addition of Vitamin C and botanicals, guarana, yerba mate, and turmeric, this power blend boosts your water with natural energizers.

Whether you are looking for energy support or the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of cordyceps, Om produces quality products from mushrooms cultivated in California. The tricky thing about healthy habits, however, is making them a regular part of your routine. With several convenient ways to incorporate a daily cordyceps dosage, there is no reason not to give it a try. Choosing the one that works for you and sticking with it can quickly make it a “habit.”

Om Mushroom offers high-quality products that provide the daily cordyceps dosage from functional, whole food, organic mushrooms and other wholesome ingredients. Check out our cordyceps products or our blends that combine its energy-promoting power with other superfood mushrooms. If you’re looking to take advantage of the benefits of functional mushroom products, shop now or subscribe to save!

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