Frequently Asked Questions
How much Cordyceps to take daily?
Mushrooms contain beta-glucans that are the most important medicinal compounds in the Cordyceps and other mushrooms. Research says that the average safe consumption of beta-glucans for a healthy individual (adult) is 100-200 mg/day regardless of weight and age. For a person suffering from any illness or chronic diseases like diabetes ,blood pressure, fatigue and cancer then he may take upto 400 mg beta-glucans for atleast a year for effects to appear properly.
We mention percentage of beta-glucans in our products which varies with the form and batch of the product. So whenever you are buying mushroom based products, always check that the beta-glucans percentage being mentioned in the contents.
So, how to calculate a daily dose for yourself? If a product mentions 25% beta glucans (1:1 hot water extract), then each gram of one serving will be having 250 mg beta-glucans apart from other specific compounds like triterpenes, ergosterols and cordycepin. Thus, one serving, or two half servings everyday will be enough to keep you away from diseases and provide a bullet proof immune system. And, if you are suffering from some illness or infections, then doubling the dose i.e. two full servings will be meaningful for you to boost or support your immune system to fight external and internal health problems.
Note: These statements are not verified by the FDA and we do not claim that Cordyceps can cure, treat or prevent any disease.
Can I cure my diabetes with Cordyceps?
The 1,3 beta-glucans with 1,6 side chains of different sizes have found to show hypoglycemic activity in one research, however, these facts are not yet verified by FDA or any other regulatory body. However, people do report some benefits such as reduced use of allopathic medications after taking Cordyceps. So, Cordyceps helps with maintaining the blood sugar levels and prevents damage to other organs such as kidneys from allopathic medicines for diabetes and therefore slowly decreases dependency on pharmaceutical tablets.
How to make an effective Cordyceps Tea?
Cordyceps tea is similar to making Green tea. Follow the steps below
- Take six to eight Cordyceps fruit bodies in 200-250 ml potable water.
- Keep boiling Cordyceps bodies in water for 1 minute.
- Now, after one minute of the hard boil, put the flame at the lowest setting, cover the vessel with lid and let it simmer for another 14-15 minutes. Research says that preparing Cordyceps tea by this method takes out maximum water soluble components from Cordyceps into the water.
- Serve and drink your refreshing Cordyceps tea preferably after the meals.
- Fill the tea in your thermos bottle for later use. Keep the bodies. Eat the bodies. Or toss them into your meals or soups.
- Take Cordyceps tea twice a day for full effects.
How long does it take for Cordyceps mushrooms to work?
There are a variety of medicinal compounds present in the Cordyceps which perform various different functions in the body depending on their absorption, bioavailability and decomposition. Cordycepin and adenosine which are mainly responsible for energy and performance starts acting as soon as you consume Cordyceps. However, the medicinal effects such as regulating cholesterol,blood pressure and sugar levels, etc. after two weeks of regular use as beta-glucans which are the main medicinal components takes at least three days to spread in every part of the body after consumption.
How much does it cost? What is the pricing?
There are many Cordyceps products available in the market with varying price range. In India, the market is still growing and there is no legal or govt. framework or a business consensus that has reached a common price yet. So, the current prices of Cordyceps are based on internationally established prices which in a loose sense are based on the concentration of essential compounds such as cordycepin, adenosine, and beta-glucans. We measure cordycepin, adenosine, and beta-glucans in our products and sell at competitive prices worldwide to provide the best therapeutic results for our consumers.
Is it flavored? How do I need to store my products?
Pure Cordyceps mushrooms have their own unique flavor and orange color when mixed in hot water. Our Cordyceps pure fruit bodies have not been flavored and preserved with any artificial substance. Our cordyceps after harvesting are air-dried, vacuum sealed and frozen which is enough to store for 24 months.
Cordyceps for pain management, cholesterol and lighter mood?
Cordyceps contain beta-glucans which have specifically shown to regulate cytokines that are responsible for immune response. Unwanted pain caused by auto-immune responses has been significantly reduced by using Cordyceps daily.
Beta-glucans in the research have clearly shown to reduce the absorption of cholesterol from the food in the body. People suffering from heart issues get significantly benefited by regular intake of upto 200mg beta-glucans which can be achieved consuming Cordyceps and other medicinal mushrooms.
Many people reported having felt lighter mood and hence improved sleep cycle after taking Cordyceps daily.
All the above claims have not been verified by the FDA. However, a good lot of clinical research on mouse models coupled with empirical knowledge from long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) give enough reason to try and believe in the therapeutic healing of these mushrooms.
Can I cure Cancer with Cordyceps?
The beta-glucans have been researched heavily for their effectiveness in killing or preventing Cancer cells from faster proliferation and spreading in the body. Many animal studies and in-vitro (in lab) trials have confirmed the role of beta-glucans in activating immune system cells like NK-cells, B-cells, T-cells and macrophages, which counteract cancer cells from spreading easily by bypassing the immune system response.
Also, many FDA approved beta-glucans in pure form are used with other medications for post-chemotherapy treatment to help the rejuvenation of damaged cells from chemotherapy. It is also claimed that beta-glucans stops cancer from metastasis (spreading of cancer in other parts of the body through the blood). Thus, taking Cordyceps and other mushrooms can be seen as preventive measures taken in the form of food to avoid or decrease the chances of developing cancer in your body in your lifetime.
What to know before buying Cordyceps?
There are a lot of Cordyceps mushroom supplements and products available in the market with lots of confusing information and claims.
DO NOT BUY products mentioning mycelium powder or mycelium extract or CS-4. ONLY BUY pure fruit body or pure fruit body extracts. BUY our MycoForest best Cordyceps mushrooms.
LOOK FOR active components such as Cordycepin, Adenosine, and Beta-glucans in the contents. Generally, on a weight to weight (w/w) basis, 1% Cordycepin and more than 25% beta-glucans in a product qualifies for a good quality product currently, that means, if a product mentions that there are 35% beta-glucans and 1-2% cordycepin in serving size of 1 gram each, then there are 350mg beta-glucans and 15mg cordycepin in one serving of your product.
ORGANIC. Organic is largely meaningless with herbs. You can grow mushrooms in a hothouse and then they will be organic, but they may and may not have a high amount of active ingredients. This can be overcome by adding some form of polysaccharides or triterpenes (standardization) which may or may not be bioavailable.
What's the use?
Functional mushrooms have been traditionally used for thousands of years. Numerous published research articles have established the health benefits of these unique and powerful mushrooms. Support for immune health is the primary benefit. Functional mushrooms contain beta glucans which are important for immune system functionality. Humans do not produce beta glucans and, therefore, functional mushrooms can play an important role in supporting daily health and wellness. In addition to immune health, each type, or species of mushroom provides its own special benefits including aiding cognitive and neurological health, gut health, cardiovascular health, bone health, healthy blood sugar, liver health, beauty (healthy hair, skin and nails), vitality, sports performance and recovery, and support for the management occasional stress, both physical and mental.
How do we test the quality of our products?
We send our Cordyceps mushrooms and their final products at third-party independent labs for quality testing. We not just test the value of essential compounds but also track their availability and degradation with time in our mushrooms products and also in our body which helps us further in the development of the best quality products for our consumers.