Let’s Talk About Cordyceps
Killer fungus or Healing phenomenon?
Cordyceps seems to be having its day in the sun. Supplements containing them are lining the shelves, people are taking notice of them, and there are even mainstream movie plots based on their rather horrifyingly parasitic method of invading, growing inside, then bursting forth from caterpillar larvae. (As witnessed in HBO’s, ‘The Last of Us’ where a mysterious fungus zombifies humanity).
We, however, prefer to focus on the facts.
Although the Cordyceps we use in OMFG gummies are not caterpillar-sourced, it’s interesting to note how Cordyceps Sinensis traditionally propagate.
Cordyceps spores inhabit the larvae of the ghost moth caterpillar draining it of nutrition. Eventually, the fungus takes over the caterpillar’s nervous system and behavior, compelling it to climb to higher ground. Finally, a fruiting body (read mushroom) sprouts from the caterpillar’s head like a victoriously macabre horn, killing the host, exploding, and spreading spores to invade the larvae below.
Yes, it would be fair to ask "who in hell would think to eat such a thing?". But humans will try anything, even if only once. The story goes that yak herders in the craggy alpine Himalayas of Tibet, India, and Nepal1—which is where ghost moth caterpillars are found—noticed that their herds were energetic and extra virile when dining on these hijacked caterpillar carcasses. Curious about the sudden boost in energy, one of them must have thought, ‘Wow, you know, maybe I should try some of that.’2 In doing so, they stumbled upon one of the most potent natural medicines known to humankind.
Traditional healers in the himalayas recommended cordyceps for
just about any ailment
Cordyceps has all
the right stuff:
What also sets Cordyceps apart from other functional fungi is its anti-fatigue and stamina-enhancing properties which we elucidated earlier. This makes it the mushroom to tap for an increase in mental and physical energy.
We put the equivalent of 1000mg per gram of Cordyceps militaris in our OMFG Brain Health formula, the recommended minimum dose to realize the myriad benefits of this super shroom.
Health benefits accumulate over time so it’s recommended to do 1-3 grams daily over the course of at least a few months. Human trials have often used a range of 1000-3000 mg daily with good results and few documented side-effects.
As always, check with your physician before incorporating Cordyceps into your daily routine to make sure it is appropriate for you. Due to their anti-coagulant activity, do not take for several days before surgery.
Other than pre-surgery, we recommend they be taken every day.