Increase your performance with Cordyceps

Cordyceps is a medicinal mushroom that has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) preparations as a treatment for conditions such as respiratory disease, liver or kidney problems, hyperglycemia, and cancer or tumor disorders. Likewise, Cordyceps has been used as an energy and stamina booster, to improve aerobic capacity and to boost cellular immunity. It was officially listed as a drug in 1964 in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia.

In 1993, Cordyceps first gained global scientific attention when Chinese female athletes broke 3 world records in the 1500m, 3000m and 10,000m events at the World Athletics Championships in Germany. Their achievements were widely credited to their rigorous training and diet plan, which included Cordyceps supplements. This sparked much controversy in the athletic community and led to several research studies aimed at uncovering the benefits of Cordyceps extract supplementation in the world of fitness and improved physical performance.

Today, Cordyceps is described by some exercise scientists as a natural exercise mimetic, which has been shown to improve exercise performance by several different mechanisms. Studies support that Cordyceps extract supplementation improves exercise performance by increasing skeletal muscle blood flow, enhancing oxygen utilization, and acting as an antioxidant.

The beneficial physiological effects of Cordyceps extract supplement appear to be due to its natural medicinal compounds, such as:

  • High concentration of beta-D-glucans
  • Adenosine
  • Cordycepin
  • Antioxidant Polyphenols

Since these compounds are key players in the health and performance benefits of Cordyceps, we focused on maximizing their potency in AdaptogenShrooms Cordyceps Extract. We are able to consistently achieve therapeutically relevant levels of beta-D-glucans, adenosine, cordycepin and polyphenols through:

1) Using only the purest fruiting body of organically grown Cordyceps militaris mushroom as raw material for extraction

2) Strictly following the extraction procedures outlined in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia to produce potent and pure medicinal grade Cordyceps extract

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The medicinal ingredients found in Cordyceps AdaptogenShrooms extract have been reported to provide the following 4 performance benefits:

1) Improved aerobic performance

In a double-blind and placebo-controlled exercise study, 20 healthy elderly subjects were given 333 mg of Cordyceps extract 3 times a day for 12 weeks (or a placebo) and underwent an aerobic test.

After 12 weeks, the anaerobic threshold for lactate accumulation increased by 10.5% and the ventilatory threshold (which is stimulated by increased lactate) increased by 8.5%. No significant changes in anaerobic or respiratory threshold occurred in the placebo group.

Although the above study never reported increases in maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max), a measure of aerobic capacity, another study involving 37 healthy elderly Chinese did. In this randomized, placebo-controlled trial, volunteers received either 3 grams of Cordyceps extract daily (this was 3 times the dose in the previous study) or a placebo. Aerobic cycling performance was tested before and after 6 weeks of Cordyceps supplementation or placebo. After taking Cordyceps for 6 weeks, VO2max increased over 6% and anaerobic threshold increased by approximately 13% from baseline. There were no improvements in the placebo group.

2) Enhanced use of oxygen in high intensity exercises

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial conducted in 28 young healthy volunteers, it was reported that just 3 weeks of supplementation with Cordyceps extract (4 grams per day) promoted increased VO2max, respiratory threshold, and time to exhaustion during high intensity. aerobic test on a stationary bike.

3) Delayed fatigue and increased ATP (energy) production during intense exercise

Preclinical studies report that Cordyceps produces a 45-55% increase in the ratio of adenosine triphosphate (ATP, our energy currency) to inorganic phosphate in the liver, an effect that promotes a positive energy state in the body and serves to delay fatigue and to improve physical performance.

In another preclinical study, beta-D-glucans found in Cordyceps extract were shown to contribute to resistance to fatigue during strenuous swimming exercise. The results showed that polysaccharides (such as beta-D-glucans) from Cordyceps extended swimming endurance time, delayed increases in lactic acid accumulation, and increased liver and muscle glycogen storage in mice.

4) Increased libido/sex drive in women and men

Sexual performance is often overlooked when talking about the performance benefits of Cordyceps extract, but its effects are well documented. Cordyceps extract works through several different mechanisms to improve sexual desire and sexual performance in men and women.

For example, it has been shown to positively regulate adrenal axis and hypothalamic-pituitary axis (HPA) signaling to optimize estrogen and testosterone levels.

Cordyceps extract supports energy levels and sexual desire by supporting mitochondrial function and increasing adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production.

Due to the antioxidant potential of Cordyceps, it promotes increased production of endothelial nitric oxide reducing oxidative stress in this cellular pathway. With optimized nitric oxide, improvements in vaginal lubrication and sexual function in women and improvements in erection quality and sexual function in men are reported. Not only does increased nitric oxide production improve sexual performance, but it also helps increase blood flow and performance during your workout!

Finally, Cordyceps is reported to keep inflammation under control by reducing levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Reduced inflammation promotes increased mood, sexual desire, and overall sexual, mental, and physical performance.

How to use Cordyceps

AdaptogenShrooms certified organic Cordyceps militaris is a medicinal grade (fruiting) mushroom extract. Like all our products, our Cordyceps is standardized using the strict processing methods outlined in the TCM pharmacopoeia, we do this to ensure consistent and optimized potency of the targeted functional compounds in our mushroom extracts.

To maximize benefits, the medicinal compounds in Vibe Cordyceps have been standardized with the following properties: beta-glucans (min. 25%), cordycepin (min. 1%), adenosine (min. 0.5%) and polyphenols (min. .1 %). All of our products are third party manufacturer tested by at least 3 independent laboratories to ensure potency and purity.

(*Note: Avoid brands that do not use third-party testing for potency and purity and do not list their standardized pharmaceutical compounds and activities on the packaging)

Based on the research and medicinal power of our Cordyceps, use 1 to 3 grams daily (1/2 teaspoon per gram), taken all at once in the morning. If you use 3 grams per day, you can divide it into 3 x 1 gram doses and take it throughout the day. Mix directly into coffee, tea, yogurt, greens, smoothies or pre-workout supplement.

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