Get to know 5 Cordyceps uses
Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a brand-new bottle of Cordyceps militaris extract. Now what? Learn more about Cordyceps uses to support your health and well-being — and get tips for how to use Cordyceps in your everyday life.*
From its immune system support to its support for the lungs and healthy stress response, Cordyceps is a little orange mushroom with a rich history and bright future.* Here’s a look at some ways to use Cordyceps in your daily routine.
5 Cordyceps uses for everyday life
1. Take it straight up.
Technically you don’t even need water to take Cordyceps. Simply squeeze the dropper, open your mouth, and swallow! Cordyceps extract can be taken with food or on an empty stomach, so if you’re pressed for time, just take it and run onto whatever comes next in your day.
2. Toss it in your gym bag.
Cordyceps is beloved by some weekend warriors and even professional athletes, and it has long been used to support athletic performance.*
Cordyceps mushroom supports healthy energy and stamina levels, too.* In addition, Cordyceps helps maintain cellular energy by lending support to the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is the body’s building block of energy for most cellular processes.* Cordyceps promotes endurance and offers support for oxygen uptake as well as lung capacity.*
3. Make it part of your morning routine.
Cordyceps is part of a class of herbs called adaptogens. They include plants and mushrooms that support your adrenal glands and your body’s natural stress response.* Cordyceps and others adaptogens are used to help support healthy energy levels.*
You can take our Cordyceps militaris extract up to three times a day, so one of those servings could be part of your morning ritual — before all the hustle and bustle starts.
4. Add it to your afternoon smoothie.
If taking a mushroom extract straight up isn’t your thing, you’re in luck: Tinctures can easily be added to drinks, including smoothies. (This is one of the simplest and most popular Cordyceps uses!)
Cordyceps is one of the most prized herbs in traditional Chinese herbalism, and it has been for centuries. In modern times, this mushroom has been studied for its antioxidant qualities.*
It has a mild taste, so it will blend right into any smoothie, juice, or even water. If you’re a fan of smoothies, add a squeeze of Cordyceps before you take that first sip.
5. Add a dropperful to your evening tea.
Traditionally, one of the most popular Cordyceps uses has been supporting a healthy libido in older adults.* In China, the mushroom has long been known as a sexual tonic.* Modern research on male mice has shown that Cordyceps and its active constituent cordycepin promote healthy testosterone levels.* So, as you start to think about — ahem — bedtime, you might also think about adding Cordyceps to a cup of tea.
And since people tend to ask: The mushroom in our Cordyceps extract is a species known as Cordyceps militaris. This species is both vegan and cruelty-free. Cordyceps sinensis is the species found in the wild, and it’s notorious for being a finicky eater and feasting upon a specific type of caterpillar. That’s natural, but in recent decades we’ve learned to cultivate Cordyceps.
Cordyceps militaris is the cultivated version that’s used interchangeably with Cordyceps sinensis, much to the relief of caterpillars, vegans, and your wallet. (Cultivated Cordyceps are far more affordable than the wild ones, which were once literally worth their weight in gold!) Making this mushroom more affordable means you can get creative with your Cordyceps uses!
Want to experience Cordyceps militaris for yourself? Check out our Cordyceps militaris tincture, made with organic Cordyceps we grow ourselves that are double extracted with hot water and 190-proof alcohol.