The endurance adaptogen


Some plants, mushrooms, herbs, and botanicals have been used thorough history to support a reduction in stress, anxiety, fatigue and boost endurance, mental performance, and immunity. They are now popularly known as adaptogens.

One adaptogen known to support stamina and endurance is cordyceps mushrooms. Cordyceps originate in mountains regions of China and Tibet and other East Asia countries.

Cordyceps contain many micronutrients but the bioactive phytonutrient compounds in contained in cordyceps is where their benefits are derived. Like some other mushrooms they are high in beta-glucan polysaccharides, they also contain the compound cordycepin

Cordycepin is structurally similar to adenosine and seems to act as an analogue. This explains why cordyceps are known for endurance. Studies have shown they increase cellular energy by increasing internal levels of ATP. This can have a positive impact on exercise performance and stamina. Long term supplementation of cordyceps may support oxygen consumption, ventilatory threshold, time to exhaustion, and relative peak power output. 

Besides its performance benefits cordyceps might also have anti-oxidant and immunomodulatory potential. In this way cordyceps defiantly fall in line as a true adaptogen. Its ability to act as an anti-oxidant and increase adenosine may also have benefits on cardiovascular and kidney health.

You can find cordyceps as a stand alone supplement or included in an ingredient profile. We include cordyceps mushrooms in Electrolyte Endurance Powder as part of the trademark ingredient PeakO2® blend. Also in Essence Active Greens™  as part of the adaptive mushroom blend.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.