Cordyceps mushrooms have been used in China for thousands of years for aerobic capacity. But recently studies have proven the benefit for increasing cardio capacity. Popularity in the use of cordyceps for sports performance is in part because of its non-stimulant effect. Instead it increases the body’s natural energy supply by boosting ATP (the energy source of the cells) and improves oxygen utilization in the body so your muscles can go longer and recover faster without feeling a crash.
In a double-blind study, the use of a supplement called Shroom Tech, which consist primarily of the cordyceps mushrooms, it has been shown to have the following effects on college athletes on the first use:
- Increase in bench press by 12%
- Increase in bench and squat by 7%
- Increase in cardio by 8.8%
Shroom Tech is on of the more popular cordyceps supplements and has been used by professional athletes in a range of different sports including:
Donald Cerrone who is a UFC welterweight fighter with the 2nd most wins in UFC history who said,
Duncan Keith who is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman and an alternate captain for the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL and said,
Andrew Senejo who is a safety for the Minnesota Vikings said,
Where To Buy
You can get cordyceps supplements at most local health stores, but you can also get them at Four Sigmatic which sells a cordyceps powder to mix with water. Onnit sells the Shroom Tech, talked about above, which is cordyceps mixed with other natural performance boosters. Lastly you can get cordyceps supplements on Amazon from a host of different companies.
Cordyceps have overwhelming evidence of performance benefits from recent studies done as well as thousands of years of use and top pro athletes that swear by the benefits. If you’re in a sport where a cardio boost or quicker recovery could give you an edge, you should strongly consider adding cordyceps to your toolkit.