Cordyceps sinensis is the genus name of Cordyceps, coming from Latin words meaning “club” and “head”. This highly intelligent functional mushroom is still little understood by modern medical science. Despite this, it has been attributed medicinal properties in Chinese and Tibetan medicine from as early as 5000 B.C, with claims that it improves energy, appetite, stamina, libido, endurance and sleeping patterns.
Cordyceps sinensis is the genus name of Cordyceps, coming from Latin words meaning “club” and “head”. This unusual functional mushroom is actually a fungus that is parasitic in nature. This fungus reproduces it’s spores on the larvae of insects with an animal-like intelligence, growing club-shaped antler-like horns from the host insect. Once the fungus reaches the upper half of its life cycle it will have consumed over 90% of the host insect, obliterating its host. This highly intelligent functional mushroom is still little understood by modern medical science. Despite this, it has been attributed medicinal properties in Chinese and Tibetan medicine from as early as 5000 B.C, with claims that it improves energy, appetite, stamina, libido, endurance and sleeping patterns.
Cordyceps is a natural, non-stimulating energy-boosting herb, which gained little attention until the Chinese National Games in Beijing in 1993. During these games three world records were broken by athletes on the Chinese women’s track team who were later found to have been supplementing with Cordyceps. The women’s track coach stated that the women owed their performance to high-altitude training and a fatiguerelieving tonic prepared from Cordyceps Sinensis. After this highlypublicized incident, Cordyceps gained international attention and became a focus of research for the scientific community. Since then, various pharmacological and biological studies have emerged to examine the performance and endurance effect of Cordyceps on athletes, in particular the effect it has on energy and the utilization of breath.
The clinical studies that have been undertaken consist of different experimental models, some in vitro (test tubes), others in vivo (on a live organism) as well as clinical trials on volunteer athletes. Cordyceps is considered whole food supplement, and is often administered in studies as a dehydrated powder in capsule form. All the studies pointed towards two common conclusions. Cordyceps appears to boost energy in two ways: first, by increasing oxygen supply and second, by boosting adenosine triphosphate (ATP) levels.
ATP is the primary source of energy for every single body function, and ensures efficient energy delivery to the muscles. When we consume food and breathe oxygen, these energy sources are transformed into ATP. Studies show that Cordyceps may be responsible for increasing the body’s production of ATP. The human body only creates a small amount of ATP, so it’s necessary to have backup stores to enjoy an even stream of energy throughout the day.
The clinical studies also demonstrate that Cordyceps not only increases the delivery of energy to the muscles, but once distributed, it appears Cordyceps improves the way the body uses oxygen. Lung capacity is enhanced through an increased ventilatory threshold and more powerful blood flow. As oxygen utilization is optimized, aerobic performance is also elevated. In addition, Cordyceps has shown to be beneficial for people undertaking high-intensity performance, as it reduces oxidative stress, reduces fatigue, and assists in recovery times, especially in difficult periods of intense repair.
More investigation is needed to delineate an optimal recommended dosage, and how to adjust each dose for the age, genetic disposition and level of activity for each user. Most people requiring boosted energy levels don’t come from a professional athletic background, however it is clear that the benefits are far-ranging for all people looking to access unlimited energy reserves.
“I DO THAI KICKBOXING SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK TO KEEP IN SHAPE. TAKING CORDYCEPS DAILY KICKS MY STAMINA INTO HIGH GEAR ESPECIALLY IN THE HIGH ATLITUDES OF DENVER”
Increase your Energy
Where does energy come from? ATP, or Adenosine Triphosphate, is the primary source of energy for the body. Your body only creates a small amount of ATP, so you need backup stores. Cordycepsmay increase the body’s production of ATP, delivering a surge of energy to the muscles. Our clinicians advise regular supplementation of Cordyceps for a steady stream of pure energy.