Daily Dose of Cordyceps Sinensis: 1-9g
Cordyceps Sinensis, also known as cordyceps, is essentially caterpillar fungus. It is a type of fungus that grows on the larvae of caterpillars. The vegetable part of the fungus ripens in the late summer and is usually found in high elevations of 11,500 to 15,400ft in China. It has been widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Tibetan Medicine for over a thousand years for its medicinal benefits. Back then, it was used as a general health tonic and cure-all, much like ginseng. Those who use it claim that it builds strength, boosts immunity, and reduces the effects on aging. Based on preliminary research, the mushroom shows potential of being anti-aging, anti-cancer, and having immunoprotective properties. Cordyceps has been studied extensively in China and Japan, where its benefits have been documented, but it is still in the early stages of research in western countries.
One of the studies conducted in Japan was to determine if an extract of cordyceps had any effect on cancerous cells. Research was done on animals where they injected melanoma cells into the spleen of mice, then administered varying amounts of a water extract of Cordyceps into the body cavity afterwards. What happened next was that the extract significantly prevented the spread of cancerous cells and extended their survival rates and times in a dose-dependent manner. Another piece of research, this time conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles, studied the effects of Cordyceps on the exercise performance of older individuals. The study group included 20 healthy people between the ages of 50 and 75. The test subjects were either given 333mg of cordyceps or a placebo three times a day within a 12 week period. At the end of the study, those given cordyceps showed significantly improved exercise performance compared with those getting the placebo. Researchers concluded that cordyceps may contribute to wellness in healthy older subjects. Other notable benefits of cordyceps proven by research include anti-diabetic effects, increased antioxidant capacity levels, and combating transplant arteriosclerosis.
The dosage of cordyceps depends on the patient’s health, age, and other conditions. Typical doses can range from 3-9g but lower doses of 333mg taken three times a day have also been used in studies. Consult a doctor before deciding on taking this supplement.
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