Cordyceps Fertility-Supporting Medicinal Mushrooms

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Cordyceps are a type of medicinal mushroom that have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. There are more than 400 species of Cordyceps, but the two most commonly studied are Cordyceps militaris Cordyceps sinensis.


These medicinal mushrooms may have many benefits:


ā†¬They are an adaptogen, which can support our resilience to stress

ā†¬May improve energy production

ā†¬May be anti-aging

ā†¬May support healthy blood sugar levels

ā†¬May support healthy cholesterol levels

ā†¬May reduce triglyceride levels

ā†¬Supports anti inflammation


Cordyceps also support fertility:


ā†¬May support spermatogenesis (production of sperm in males)

ā†¬Supports progesterone production


Cordyceps is available in various supplements, like capsules, powders, and tinctures.


My favorite Cordyceps supplement so far is from @crucialfour - their mEnergizer. (you can use code INNATE for a discount)


Some food for thought!


Not medical advice.


This is not medical advice. Always consult your healthcare professional before pursuing any changes to your personal healthcare regime.



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