Fitness Fungi: Cordyceps and Lions Mane for Performance

So what is the best organic and 100% natural pre-workout solution?


AdaptogenShrooms medicinal grade organic Cordyceps and Lion’s Mane


Described as a natural exercise mimic, Cordyceps is reported to improve performance by increasing muscle blood flow, enhancing oxygen utilization and acting as an antioxidant. It is known to be very high in beta-d-glucans, contains adenosine and contains a unique bioactive mycochemical called cordycepin.

When used pre-workout, Cordyceps has been reported to have the following performance benefits:

  • Improved aerobic performance (VO2ventilation maximum and threshold)
  • Enhanced clearance of lactate
  • Improved oxygen utilization in high-intensity exercise
  • Delayed fatigue during vigorous exercise
  • Increased libido/sex drive in women (and men)
  • Increased ATP (energy) production during exercise

The Lion’s Mane:

Erinacins and erikenones from Lion’s Mane are powerful antioxidants that are small enough to cross the blood-brain barrier to target and protect brain neurons from inflammation and cell death. They also enhance the synthesis and action of nerve growth factor (NGF) in the brain to improve cognitive health. When used pre-workout, Lion’s Mane is best known for its cognitive effects, focus and mood enhancement.

When used pre-workout, lion’s mane improves exercise performance and fitness by promoting:

  • Increased focus and mental energy
  • Optimized immune function
  • Enhanced recovery of the nervous system
  • Reduced levels of metabolic byproducts during exercise (eg, blood lactic acid, urea nitrogen, and malondialdehyde)
  • Improved recovery of muscle glycogen after training
  • Reduced neuropathic pain

If you’re ready to take your physical performance to the next level with AdaptogenShrooms Cordyceps and Lion’s Mane organic medicinals, here’s how to stack them:

Take 1 gram (½ teaspoon powder or 2 capsules) Cordyceps and 1 gram (½ teaspoon powder or 2 capsules) Lion’s Mane together, 30-60 minutes before training or competition. If you choose the powder, add it to your pre-workout smoothie, protein shake or coffee – you’ll love the taste!

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