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power your summer with mushrooms

In summer, the most casual game of Spikeball can turn into an extreme sport. Whether you are dirt-biking in Whistler or hiking in Banff, maintaining high-energy levels under the blazing sun can be a challenge. Why not pair your adventure-packed summer with an energy-packed mushroom? 

Cordyceps has been revered for centuries for its potential to enhance stamina, increase endurance, and promote overall vitality. In this article, we explore how cordyceps can be used to fuel your summer adventures.

The Energizing Properties of Cordyceps​

Cordyceps, scientifically known as Cordyceps sinensis, is a unique fungus that thrives in high-altitude regions. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to enhance physical performance and combat fatigue [i]. Research suggests that cordyceps may support energy production by improving oxygen utilization and enhancing cellular function within the body [ii]. Studies have shown its potential to increase ATP production, the primary source of energy for cells, which can directly translate into improved endurance and stamina during physical activities [iii]. 

Enhanced Oxygen Utilization​

One of the key benefits of cordyceps is its ability to optimize oxygen uptake and utilization within the body. By supporting the respiratory system and improving lung function, cordyceps helps increase the delivery of oxygen to working muscles [iv]. This enhanced oxygenation can result in improved aerobic capacity, allowing you to push further and perform better during demanding summer activities such biking Vancouver's iconic Triple Crown. A study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements found that cordyceps supplementation improved exercise performance and increased oxygen consumption in healthy older adults [v].

Adaptogenic Support ​

Cordyceps is classified as an adaptogen, a natural substance that helps the body adapt to various stressors, including physical exertion [vi]. When you engage in intense summer activities, your body faces increased physical demands and stress. Cordyceps can aid in balancing and supporting the body's response to stress, helping to reduce fatigue and enhance recovery. Its adaptogenic properties may also contribute to improved mental clarity and focus, enabling you to stay alert and focused during prolonged outdoor endeavors [vi]. 

Cordyceps as a Natural Performance Enhancer​

Athletes and fitness enthusiasts have turned to cordyceps as a natural performance enhancer. Its potential to boost energy, enhance endurance, and reduce fatigue makes it an ideal companion for summer activities. Notably, a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition demonstrated that cordyceps supplementation significantly improved aerobic capacity and exercise performance in healthy young adults [vii]. With cordyceps as part of your pre-activity routine, you can experience improved energy levels and prolonged stamina, leading to more enjoyable and fulfilling summer adventures.

This summer consider incorporating cordyceps into your routine. Its energizing properties, enhanced oxygen utilization, adaptogenic support, and potential performance-enhancing effects make it a valuable natural supplement. Embrace the power of cordyceps to elevate your summer adventures. 


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[ii] Lin, B., & Li, S. (2011). Cordyceps as an Herbal Drug. National Library of Medicine. 

[iii] Walle, G. V. D. (2018, May 9). 6 benefits of Cordyceps, all backed by science. Healthline.,exercise%20(%201%20%2C%202). 

[iv] Chassy, B. M., Li, S. P., Shimura, S., Won, S. Y., Yue, G. G., Anderson, M. P., Cai, H. Y., Cobb, B. R., Cunningham, K. G., Cuthbert, A. W., Gai, G. Z., Guan, C. H., Han, S. R., Ito, Y., Kim, G. Y., Koh, J. H., Lee, M. C., Lei, J., Leung, A. K., & Li, C. C. (2008, February 6). Effects of cordyceps sinensis, cordyceps militaris and their isolated compounds on ion transport in calu-3 human airway epithelial cells. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 

[v] Hirsch, K. R., Smith-Ryan, A. E., Roelofs, E. J., Trexler, E. T., & Mock, M. G. (2017, January 2). Cordyceps militaris improves tolerance to high-intensity exercise after acute and chronic supplementation. Journal of dietary supplements. 

[vi] Eunhyun, C., Junsang, O., & Sung, G.-H. (n.d.). Beneficial effect of cordyceps militaris on exercise performance via promoting cellular energy production. Mycobiology. 

[vii] Ruscio, Dr. M. (2023, February 7). Should you take medicinal mushrooms for brain health?. Dr. Michael Ruscio, DC. 

[viii] Sellami, M., Slimeni, O., Pokrywka, A., Kuvačić, G., Hayes, L. D., Milic, M., & Padulo, J. (2018, March 15). Herbal Medicine for Sports: A Review - Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. BioMed Central.