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Cordyceps is a type of medicinal fungus said to offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. It grows on insect larvae carcasses and sprouts long, orangish-brown stems that can be harvested for use.1
Long used in traditional Chinese medicine, cordyceps is available in the United States as a dietary supplement.
There are over 400 species of cordyceps, most of which are native to various mountainous regions of Asia.2
This article will examine the potential uses of cordyceps, side effects and precautions, dosage, and what to look for when choosing a cordyceps supplement.
Dietary supplements are not regulated like drugs in the United States, meaning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not approve them for safety and effectiveness before products are marketed. When possible, choose a supplement that has been tested by a trusted third party, such as USP, ConsumerLabs, or NSF.
However, even if supplements are third-party tested, that doesn’t mean they are necessarily safe for all or effective in general. Therefore, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider about any supplements you plan to take and to check in about any potential interactions with other supplements or medications.
Supplement use should be individualized and vetted by a healthcare professional, such as a registered dietitian, pharmacist, or doctor. No supplement is intended to treat, cure, or prevent disease. Read more: https://bit.ly/3SdZTzR