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Weight Loss Benefits of Cordyceps

Article at a Glance:

  • Losing and maintaining weight loss is a challenge for many people.
  • Several studies suggest Cordyceps mushrooms may promote a healthier weight in various ways.
  • A Cordyceps supplement is a convenient way to get your daily dose as part of your weight loss routine. Several studies suggest Cordyceps mushrooms may promote a healthier weight in various ways.

Losing weight is not always easy. It involves practicing healthy habits consistently and lots of motivation. If you're looking for a natural supplement to give you an extra fat-burning boost, you may want to try Cordyceps mushrooms.

Cordyceps are functional mushrooms used for centuries for various health benefits but are gaining attention for their potential to support a healthy weight.

In this article, we’ll unveil Cordyceps’ weight loss benefits and how you can add these mighty mushrooms to your wellness plan.

What are Cordyceps Mushrooms?

Cordyceps are a type of mushroom grown in the mountains of Asia. It has a longstanding history in Traditional Chinese Medicine, used to improve energy, endurance, immunity, libido, and overall health. In addition to these uses, newer research points to their role in maintaining a healthy weight.[1]

When referring to Cordyceps, it's important to know there are over 400 different species of Cordyceps alone. The two most widely studied species are Cordyceps militaris and Cordyceps sinensis. This article focuses on Cordyceps militaris, as these species have been most closely linked to weight loss benefits.

This is mainly due to the compound cordycepin, a potent antioxidant thought to be responsible for Cordyceps’ healthy weight benefits, among others.[2]

Cordyceps and Weight Loss

There are several studies suggesting Cordyceps weight loss benefits through various mechanisms. These studies used Cordyceps militaris extracts in supplement form, similar to our Cordyceps mushroom gummies.

Cordyceps Study 1

One recent study in rats found those taking Cordyceps militaris had reduced body fat and obesity, particularly in the menopausal stage. During menopause, it can be very challenging to prevent weight gain and especially lose weight, with much of this thought due to decreased estrogen levels.[3]

This research shows Cordyceps may help support a healthy weight during menopause by supporting higher estrogen levels.

Cordyceps Study 2

In another study, Cordyceps reduced body weight in rats fed a high-fat diet. Usually, a high-fat diet (high in calories) would likely cause weight gain, but this was not seen in this study in those rats taking Cordyceps militaris.

The researchers in this study suggested Cordyceps may prevent weight gain by regulating our gut bacteria levels for the better (i.e., our microbiome). Since an unbalanced microbiome may be linked to a higher weight, this is a possible mechanism for how Cordyceps may help support a healthy weight.[4]

Cordyceps Study 3

Lastly, a third rat study showed similar results, where those taking Cordyceps militaris had reduced fatty deposits in the liver and healthier blood lipid (i.e., triglycerides) levels.[5]

These studies promise that taking Cordyceps may help give you that extra weight loss jumpstart.

How to Incorporate Cordyceps Into Your Weight Loss Routine

In addition to a healthy diet, exercise regimen, and other healthy lifestyle practices, incorporating a Cordyceps supplement is one of the most convenient ways to amp your weight loss efforts naturally.

Cordyceps can be consumed in various ways, ranging from tea, capsule, gummy, or powder. Cordyceps supplements are widely available, but purchasing a high-quality mushroom supplement from a reputable source is important.

At Fungies, we're committed to providing the highest quality and best-tasting Cordyceps militaris mushroom gummies. Our gummies are produced in an FDA-compliant, cGMP facility that follows quality manufacturing processes, are allergen-free, and third-party tested for optimal safety.

Shop now and grab a bottle of our Cordyceps Mushroom Gummies to experience the benefits yourself.


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