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Everyone expects to be full of energy every day. In the modern society, a lot of people have to face the challenges of the work pressure, romantic relationship, family burden, social competition etc., all these need the person to have the vigor to handle. People expect to have the food and the food supplements with the function to strengthening energy and anti-fatigue. Here, some mushroom will be our good choose.
Cordyceps militairs commonly referred to as the “mushroom of energy”, is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to nourish the lungs and kidneys. The bioactive compounds, like polysaccharide, beta-glucan, cordycepin and cordycepic acid, are the important roles in anti-fatigue, improving exercise performance and increasing personal tolerance to high-intensity workouts.
Abbie E. Smith-Ryan PhD¹ and other authors studied the effect of Cordyceps militairs on improving the endurance of high-intensity exercise personnel. 28 individuals participated in this randomized, repeated measures, double-blind, placebo-controlled design. The study found that taking mushroom mixture containing Cordyceps militairs could improve the maxing oxygen consumption, exhaustion time, ventilation valve and relative peak capacity output, which indicated that Cordyceps militairs could improve the endurance of human body to high-intensity aerobic exercise and anaerobic exercise, and continued the effect of long-term use is more significant.
Lei Zhong ² and other authors studied the anti-fatigue effect of Cordyceps militairs in mice food. All of the mice were administered with distilled water, extruded products of cereal grains(EC) and EC mixed with Cordyceps militairs continuously for 30 days by gavage and the anti-fatigue activity was evaluated using a weight-loaded swimming test, along with assessments of fatigue-related indicators. Feeding food was divided into low, medium and high doses. The test indexes included exhaustive swimming time, lactate dehydrogenase, blood lactic acid, creatine kinase, blood urea nitrogen, malondialdehyde, glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase, catalase and hepatic and muscle glycogen levels. The results showed that Cordyceps militaris could significantly prevent and control fatigue induced by exercise in mice, and the effect of high dose of Cordyceps militaris was better than that of low dose of Cordyceps militaris. This study proved that Cordyceps militaris plays an important role in anti-fatigue.
There is a research studied by Dr. Yunh-Shuen Chen ³ to investigated the spermatogenic effect of Cordyceps militairs (CM) as supplementation with CM mycelium to 7-week-old male Sprague-Dawley rats. Ninety rats (30 for each group) were selected to regular diet or diet supplemented with CM mycelium (1% and 5%) for 6 weeks. At the 5th and 6th week, the content of cordycepin in the blood of experimental group increased, and the content of cordycepin in 5% group was higher than the 1% group. At the same time, the number of sperm and the proportion of motile sperm also increased significantly compared with the control group. The results indicated that supplementation with CM improved sperm quality and quantity in rats.
There is a study⁴ to examine the effect of Cs-4 (Cordyceps sinenisis) on exercise performance in healthy elderly subjects. 20 healthy elderly (age 50-75) subjects were enrolled in this double-blind, placebo-controlled, prospective trial. The subjects were taking either Cs-4 333mg or placebo capsules 3 times a day for 12 weeks. The results showed that supplementation with Cs-4 (Cordyceps sinensis) improves exercise performance and might contribute to wellness in healthy older subjects.
Another study⁵ was designed to investigate the effects of polysaccharides from Cordyceps sinensis (CSP) on exhaustive exercise-induced oxidative stress. The mice were divided into four groups: control, low-dose CSP treated, intermediate-dose CSP treated and high-dose CSP treaded. The results indicated that CSP could ameliorate exhaustive exercise-induced oxidative stress.
1Katie R. Hirsch MA, Abbie E. Smith-Ryan PhD, Erica J. Roelofs MA, Eric T. Trexler MA & Meredith G. Mock BA, Cordyceps militairs Improves Tolerance to High-Intensity Exercise After Acute and Chronic Supplementation, Journal of Dietary Supplements, 2016, DOI: 10.1080/19390211.2016.1203386
2Lei Zhong, Liyan Zhao, Fangmei Yang, Wenjian, Yong Sun and Qiuhui Hu, Evaluation of anti-fatigue property of the extruded product of cereal grains mixed with Cordyceps militairs on mice, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 2017, DOI: 10.1186/s12970-017-0171-1
3Yuh-Shuen Chen, Ying Chang, Kee-Ching Jeng, Kuei-Fen Huang, Ying-Chung Lee, Chien-Wei Hou, Kuan-Hao Chen, Fu-Yen Cheng, and Jium-Wang Liao  Effect of Cordyceps Militairs Supplementation on Sperm Production, Sperm Motility and Hormones in Sprague-Dawley Rats, The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 2008, Vol. 36, No. 5, 849-859
4Steve Chen, M.D., Zhaoping Li, M.D., Robert Krochmal, M.D., Marlon Abrazado, B.S., Woosong Kim, B.S., and Christopher B. Cooper, M.D., Effect of Cs-4 (Cordyceps sinensis) on Exercise Performance in Healthy Older Subjects: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial, THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENATARY MEDICINE, 2010, Vol.16, No.5, pp.585-590
5Feng Yan, Beibei Wang, and Yan Zhang, Polysaccharides from Cordyceps sinensis mycelium ameliorate exhaustive swimming exercise-induced oxidative stress, Pharmaceutical Biology, 2014, vol:52(2),157-161, DOI: 10.3109/13880209.2013.820197
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