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CORDYCEPS: USES AND BENEFITS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Published March 30, 2019 (Revised: July 10, 2019)
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<article> <section> <p>We cover a broad range of nutrition-related topics on our blog. From our <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/keto-101-a-beginners-guide/" rel="noreferrer">beginner’s guide to the keto diet</a>, to tasty <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/low-carb-breakfast-frittata" rel="noreferrer">low-carb breakfast recipes</a>, to tips for <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/are-you-stress-eating-7-tips-to-stop-doing-it" rel="noreferrer">combatting stress eating</a>, our goal is to equip you with the tools you need to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/" rel="noreferrer">transform your body</a> and get healthy.</p> <p>That’s why—today— you’re going to need to trust us. <i>Why?</i> Because we’re talking about cordyceps. That word might not mean anything to you now, but it will. Over the years, we’ve learned that sometimes what’s good for our health sounds absolutely crazy. And this next paragraph fits that bill.</p> <p>What if we told you that a fungi that grows on caterpillar eggs was good for your health? What if you could slow aging, fight off disease, gain energy, and keep your vital organs healthy with it? Would you believe that science backs the benefits of this ancient Chinese medicine?</p> <p>Well, cordyceps sinensis does all that. In this article, we’ll look at the incredible benefits of this mushroom.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/chinese-mountains-cordyceps-article-0122.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/chinese-mountains-cordyceps-article-0122.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/chinese-mountains-cordyceps-article-0122.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/chinese-mountains-cordyceps-article-LR-0122.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="chinese-mountains-cordyceps"> </picture> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>What is Cordyceps Sinensis?</header> <p><i>Cordyceps</i> is a type of fungi that grows on the larvae of caterpillars. Not even joking. There are over four hundred species of cordyceps known to man. Two of these mushroom species have been well studied: <i>cordyceps sinensis</i> and <i>cordyceps militaris</i>. </p> <p>You might assume that cordyceps must have serious health benefits. Otherwise, why would we be talking about a fungus? If you did, you’re right. Chinese medicine has used these mushrooms for a long time, and much of their proclaimed health effects are backed by science<sup>1</sup>.</p> <p>Nowadays, many people are consuming them as a powder supplement.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>What Are the Benefits of Taking Cordyceps?</header> <p>From boosting exercise performance to anti-aging properties, the positive health effects of cordyceps are plentiful. Here are the five main benefits.</p> <div class="sub-head">1. Improved Exercise Performance</div> <p>As an exercise supplement, cordyceps improve our body’s ability to deliver oxygenated blood to muscle tissue<sup>2</sup> and increases <i>adenosine triphosphate</i> (ATP)<sup>1</sup>. Don’t worry about that long word—just remember that ATP helps deliver energy to your muscles <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/exercise/" rel="noreferrer">when you exercise</a> or do anything else. The more ATP, the more energy you have to perform your best.</p> <div class="sub-head">2. Anti-Aging</div> <p>Doesn’t it seem like every time we talk about Chinese medicine, we’re <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/extraordinary-health-benefits-of-gotu-kola/"><strong>touting anti-aging benefits</strong></a>? At any rate, cordyceps sinensis are another supplement with science backing its ability to keep us young. Research shows the mushroom powder benefits us by increasing antioxidants and neutralizing cancer-causing free radicals in the body<sup>3</sup>.</p> <p>Specifically, the use of cordyceps sinensis may lead to improved kidney functioning, sexual health, and memory<sup>4</sup> <sup>5</sup>.</p> <div class="sub-head">3. Fight Off Diseases Like Cancer and Diabetes</div> <p>Cordyceps can also reduce tumor growth and manage type II diabetes. Diabetes is a disease where your body cannot produce or respond to the hormone <i>insulin</i>. For someone with diabetes, it is crucial that they stay inside a certain blood glucose (blood sugar) range to stay healthy.</p> <p>Studies on cordyceps show that this fungus might help keep blood sugar in that healthy range. Some studies have even shown a reduction in blood sugar from consuming this fungus<sup>6</sup>.</p> <div class="sub-head">4. Improved Heart and Kidney Health</div> <p>Are you impressed so far? This caterpillar fungus seems legit, right? Well, the benefits of cordyceps sinensis roll on. These mushrooms can help improve vital organ health, too.</p> <p>In Chinese medicine, they are actually prescribed to patients with arrhythmia. Arrhythmia is a condition where the heartbeat is either too fast, too slow, or fluctuating<sup>7</sup>.</p> <p>It is possible that cordyceps helps reduce kidney damage for older patients. In fact, some doctors prescribe it for patients that undergo kidney transplants<sup>4</sup>.</p> <div class="sub-head">5. Reduces Inflammation</div> <p>We’ve talked at length about the risks of chronic inflammation before. It’s one of the primary reasons we love the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/keto-101-a-beginners-guide/" rel="noreferrer">keto diet</a>—<a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/can-ketosis-reduce-inflammation" rel="noreferrer">keto actually reduces inflammation</a> in our body’s tissues. High-fat, low-carb foods (along with exercise) have proved to reduce tissue inflammation. In turn, this reduction of inflammation improves our health in myriad ways.</p> <p>Simply put, chronic inflammation is bad news. It affects joints, causes us to gain weight, and is one of the leading risk factors associated with the diseases that kill most Americans (diabetes, cancer, heart disease).</p> <p>The research connecting cordyceps sinensis and inflammation shows that this fungus might block proteins in our body responsible for inflaming our tissues<sup>8</sup>.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>Do Cordyceps Give You Energy?</header> <p>Yes! Whether it’s for a workout or moving through daily life, cordyceps sinensis have proved to increase energy. It increases ATP levels (see benefit #1 above), lowers lactic acid (the “burn” you feel in your muscles during a workout), and increases insulin sensitivity. This increase of insulin sensitivity makes it easier for cells to use up extra sugar from the blood<sup>9</sup>.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/cordyceps-capsul-image-0122.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/cordyceps-capsul-image-0122.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/cordyceps-capsul-image-0122.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/cordyceps-capsul-image-LR-0122.jpg" style="max-width:75%;" class="img-fluid" alt="cordyceps-capsul"> </picture> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>How Do You Supplement With Cordyceps?</header> <p>If you’re sold on the incredible health effects of cordyceps sinensis, supplements are your best bet. There are more than four hundred strands of the mushroom fungus. For purity and pricing reasons, it is grown synthetically. The most popular supplement you’ll find is <i>Cordyceps CS-4</i>. It’s sold as powder, capsules, and even comes in certain types of teas.</p> <p>If you’re in the market for supplements that boost energy or reduce inflammation, check out some of Warrior Made’s offerings. Our anti-inflammatory <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/inflammation-support/shop/" rel="noreferrer">turmeric with ginger supplement</a> offers many of the same benefits of cordyceps sinensis. </p> <p>In the future, Warrior Made will offer supplements containing this magic mushroom powder.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/turmeric-warrior-made-supplement-0122.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/turmeric-warrior-made-supplement-0122.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/turmeric-warrior-made-supplement-0122.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/turmeric-warrior-made-supplement-LR-0122.jpg" class="img-fluid" style="max-width:75%; margin-left:50px;" alt="turmeric-warrior-made-supplement"> </picture> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>What Are the Side Effects of Cordyceps?</header> <p>There are some side effects of cordyceps sinensis to consider. Science shows people using cordyceps might be at an increased risk for symptoms of autoimmune disorders and slower blood clotting. Cordyceps are also not recommended for people undergoing surgery. This is because of its links to increased risk of bleeding during operations. </p> <p>As with any supplement, it’s always best to ask your doctor before you start taking cordyceps. Keep in mind that supplements, by definition, are only used to <i>supplement</i> healthy food choices. They are not intended as a replacement for other positive habits. They enhance all the other good stuff you’re already doing. </p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>Cordyceps Sinensis—Wrapping Up</header> <p>Used in Chinese medicine for ages, the rest of the world is just now starting to realize the health effects of cordyceps sinensis. <p>Once you get past the whole “mushroom-fungus-found-on-caterpillar-eggs” thing—we’re teasing, we know it’s a little crazy—you learn this supplement can help reverse disease, increase our ability <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/exercise/" rel="noreferrer">to exercise</a>, and heal or maintain the health of vital organs.</p> <p>If you’re looking for supplements to optimize your health, check out Warrior Made’s <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/shop/" rel="noreferrer">supplements</a>. They are calibrated help you feel your very best. </p> <p>And don’t forget to check out our <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/inflammation-support/shop/" rel="noreferrer">turmeric with ginger</a> supplement. It offers the same anti-inflammatory benefits of cordyceps sinensis. </p> <p>Check out more Warrior Made <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/" rel="noreferrer">nutrition articles</a> for our best keto diet tips, keto-approved foods and recipes, and other health and weight loss content!</p> <div class="sub-head">Resources</div> <ol> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cordyceps-benefits#section1" rel="noreferrer">6 Benefits of Cordyceps, All Backed by Science</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28094746" rel="noreferrer">Effect of Polysaccharide from Cordyceps militaris (Ascomycetes)</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18803231" rel="noreferrer">Antiaging effect of Cordyceps sinensis extract</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-602/cordyceps" rel="noreferrer">Cordyceps</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cordyceps-benefits#section2" rel="noreferrer">Anti-Aging Properties</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15050427" rel="noreferrer">The anti-hyperglycemic activity of the fruiting body of Cordyceps</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92758/" rel="noreferrer">Cordyceps as an Herbal Drug</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8874668" rel="noreferrer">Cordyceps sinensis as an immunomodulatory agent</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2013/SS/Safely-Boost-Your-Energy-Reserves/Page-01" rel="noreferrer">Safely Boost Your Energy Reserves</a></li> </ol> </section> </article>

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