If you're looking for a way to elevate your performance, whether in the gym, on trails or on the field, Cordyceps is an herb you'll want to be aware of! Many people think of Cordyceps as a mushroom, but technically it isn't a mushroom, but rather a synergistic family of fungi.
It's pretty crazy how Cordyceps grows in the wild, but all of the Cordyceps in the western world is grown by cultivation and is completely vegan. Cordyceps has been revered in Eastern herbal systems for thousands of years and in recent years, research has taken a look at it's ability to improve physical performance.
One of the big benefits of cordyceps is it's ability to improve oxygen utilization. In order to perform at your best, you need lots of oxygen to reach your muscles. Cordyceps has actually been shown to improve the way the body utilizes oxygen, especially during training. VO₂ Max is a measure of the maximum amount of oxygen your body can utilize during exercise. One study found that taking three grams of Cordyceps Sinensis CS-4 per day increased the VO₂ Max of healthy elderly individuals by seven percent over a period of six weeks! Another study on younger adults found an 11% increase in just three weeks.
ATP levels are also a very important factor in exercise performance. ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) is basically pure cellular energy and responsible for powering every cell in your body. It's also essential for delivering energy to your muscles. Studies on Cordyceps in animal models have found that it is capable of stimulating ATP generation.
Not just for royalty anymore!
For thousands of years, Cordyceps was reserved for royalty, as it was so expensive and so rare. It's only in the past few decades that innovations in Cordyceps cultivation techniques have made it possible for so many more people to experience the powerful benefits of this herb. Whether you're at the gym every day, a weekend hiking enthusiast, or just want some extra energy to be able to chase after your kids, Cordyceps is here to support you!
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