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Cordyceps! What is it, why is everyone talking about it, and why is everyone putting it into their coffee?

I started taking a cordyceps supplement during the summer and then switched to buying cordyceps powder on Amazon because it is a lot cheaper that way. Do I think it does anything? Hard to say, but I do feel healthy and energized and am a little convinced it is because of the cordyceps powder. I have gone through periods where I feel really tired and sluggish all day even after doing nothing and have not felt that way since. So, I am convinced enough to keep taking cordyceps daily and here is a little info on why.

So, what is it? It is a type of fungi that has been used in herbal medicine since forever. Cordyceps fungi contain certain biochemicals that mimic current pharmacological substances but in a natural way. You can buy these mushrooms in several forms, some stores have them whole and dried which you can add to soups, or you can find it in powder form which you can add to anything.

And the benefits? I was originally interested in cordyceps because it is said to be an energy and immune system booster.  Cordyceps increases the amount of oxygen your body takes in, therefore enhancing you cellular energy production. Cordyceps stimulates the production of Natural Killer cells which act as one of the body’s first lines of defense against infection and illness. Other benefits include heart health, due to cordyceps anti-inflammatory properties; respiratory function as cordyceps increases the amount of oxygen taken in by the lungs; and detoxifying the body through kidney health improvement. And all these benefits was enough to grab my attention. You can add cordyceps powder to anything you can think of. You may have heard of mushroom coffee which is becoming pretty popular. My personal favorite is mixing it into my greek yogurt or overnight oats!

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