Cordyceps is a unique fungus with a history rooted in traditional medicine, recognised for its distinctive growth on caterpillars. Research has shown that individual benefits are numerous from enhanced energy to improved libido, it has been harnessed by elite athletes and health enthusiasts alike for its potential benefits.
The need to know
What are the benefits?
Libido and energy
Anti-ageing mushroom complex
Increases levels of energy
All round performance enhancement: 4-8 weeks maximum effect
Cordyceps is believed to stimulate the production of ATP, the primary energy shuttle in cells, thereby ensuring that muscles receive ample energy during physical activity.
This energy upregulation complements its ability to mitigate lactate-induced muscle fatigue, which traditionally curtails athletic performance. In addition, its potential to enhance blood flow ensures that muscles receive optimal oxygenation. Moreover, the presence of adenosine could contribute to the heart health benefits and stabilise the sugar in diabetic individuals.
How will I know its working?
Notable improvement in exercise performance and stamina might be the most obvious indicators. Over a span of one week, subtle changes can emerge, reaching their peak by the eighth week.
When to take it?
Take 1 tablet daily with food and water, unless specified otherwise on the sachet.
Per Serving% Daily
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
Historic Relevance: Cordyceps has been utilised in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Like many traditional medicines it has become popular following clinical research in the West.
Unique Growth: This fungus has a unique parasitic relationship where it grows on caterpillars in the wild.
Olympic Recognition: Chinese athletes have attributed performance enhancement in the Olympics to their Cordyceps-based regimen.
Publications you might find interesting
Want to go a bit deeper?
The latest research
1. Liu, Z., et al. "Effect of Polysaccharide from Cordyceps militaris (Ascomycetes) on Physical Fatigue Induced by Forced Swimming." *Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms* 18.12 (2016): 1083-1092.
2. Xu, Y.F. "Randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial and assessment of fermentation product of Cordyceps sinensis (Cs-4) in enhancing aerobic capacity and respiratory function of the healthy elderly volunteers." *Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine* 20.5 (2014): 346-354.
3. Limanaqi, F., et al. "Antiaging effect of Cordyceps sinensis extract." *Phytotherapy Research* 33.5 (2019): 1328-1340.
4. Wang, M., et al. "Protective effects on mitochondria and anti-aging activity of polysaccharides from cultivated fruiting bodies of Cordyceps militaris." *Aging and Disease* 9.6 (2018): 991-1004.
5. Zhang, Y., et al. "Effect of Cordyceps sinensis on metabolic parameters in type 2 diabetes." *Journal of Diabetes Research* 2016 (2016): 1-8.
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