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Cordyceps

Cordyceps is a mushroom used in Traditional Chinese Medicine that is touted to be anti-aging and pro-vitality; these quite vague claims have not yet been looked at in human interventions. It can regulate testicular testosterone production, but has complex mechanisms.

Our evidence-based analysis on cordyceps features 51 unique references to scientific papers.

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How to Take

Recommended dosage, active amounts, other details

Cordyceps has been used in human trials in the dosage range of 1,000-3,000mg daily, either in one single dose or multiple doses with meals. There is no indication if this is the optimal dose or not, and it is uncertain if this dosage is even effective as some of the research has come back null.

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The Human Effect Matrix summarizes human studies to tell you what effects Cordyceps has on your body, how much evidence there is, and how strong these effects are.

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Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Outcome Magnitude of effect
? The direction and size of the supplement's impact on each outcome. Some supplements can have an increasing effect, others have a decreasing effect, and others have no effect.
Consistency of research results
? Scientific research does not always agree. HIGH or VERY HIGH means that most of the scientific research agrees.
Notes
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Might increase lactate threshold, but requires more evidence.
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No significant improvements in prolonged aerobic exercise have been noted with cordyceps supplementation
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grade-c - Very High See 2 studies
No significant influence on VO2 max in otherwise healthy persons.

Studies Excluded from Consideration

  • Used alongside other preworkout supplements[1]

  • Language barrier[2]

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Things to Note

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Also Known As

Cordyceps Sinensis, Cordyceps Militaris, Caterpillar Fungus, Cetepiller Mushroom, Summer grass-winter worm, Totsu kasu, Yarchakunbu, Aweto

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