Cordyceps for Sports Performance and Recovery
Cordyceps mushrooms have attracted the world-wide attention of professional sports and endurance athletes for their positive effects on energy, endurance and athletic performance.
Cordyceps first attracted the attention of the West in 1993 during the Chinese National Games where a team of nine Chinese women runners shattered 9 world records, including breaking the 10,000 meter run by an astounding 42 seconds. The athletes’ coach attributed their performance in part to the use of Cordyceps. More recently in forced swimming capacity studies on mice, supplementation with Cordyceps was shown to significantly increase the swimming time to exhaustion as compared to the control group.
There are many active ingredients in Cordyceps that boost energy, increase endurance and speed recovery in several ways. Cordyceps has been reported to increase the cellular synthesis of ATP (the energy “currency” of our muscles) thereby reducing fatigue and speeding recovery. Cordyceps also increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood and is used by many high-altitude mountain climbers. Cordyceps’ support of immune function helps to quickly and efficiently deal with pathogenic infectious agents that can dramatically sap our energy levels when we succumb to illness.
The well-documented anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties also positively impact athletic performance and recovery.
Medicinal mushrooms can be your new best friend for sports performance, helping to support your endurance and stamina and having an anti-fatigue effect. They can also support recovery, helping with quicker muscle recovery, immune modulation, and combating the negative effects of stress on the body. Why not make Cordyceps your secret weapon for sports performance and recovery.