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Home > Anti-aging Research > Cordyceps Sinensis.

Cordyceps Sinensis

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News & Research:

  • Chinese Mushroom May Offer Energy Lift - WebMD, 4/20/04 - "12 weeks of supplementation with CordyMax, a dietary supplement made from the fermented Cordyceps mushroom, produced slight but significant increases in several measures of exercise capacity, metabolism, and endurance in healthy, sedentary adults"
  • Medicinal Mushrooms Come Out of the Dark - Natural Foods Merchandiser, 7/03
  • Mycological Medicine - Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals, 1/02
  • ACSM Conference Unveils Performance Enhancers - Nutrition Science News, 9/01 - "Researchers have shown that using the medicinal mushroom Cordyceps sinensis (Cs-4 CordyMax) for six weeks results in peak oxygen uptake and anaerobic threshold in older humans ... supplementation with 4.5 g/day Cs-4 CordyMax ... Results showed that the supplement prevented increased body weight during training, reduced submaximal heart rate and blood lactate during exercise, and enhanced fat metabolism, thereby sparing muscle glycogen expenditure during prolonged exercise compared to placebo"
  • What is your favorite supplement and why? - Nutrition Science News, 9/00 - "I think one of the more valuable supplements on the market is the fungus Cordyceps sinensis. Its origins are in Tibet, and the medicine has long been prized as one of the most valuable agents in the Chinese materia medica, traditionally used for coughs, lung disorders and stamina."
  • Chinese Herbs Enhance Sexual Vitality - Nutrition Science News, 3/99
  • A Brief Introduction to Cordyceps Sinensis - Dr. Gilbert Ng - "One of the reasons for aging is due to the insufficient secretion of sexual hormones. Cordyceps Sinensis is, in this regard, a hormone stimulator. Morever, the aging effect is to a large extent attributed to the rise of active monoamine oxidize enzyme inside the body and Cordyceps Sinensis can effectively inhibit the rising of such enzyme. Thus, it is an anti-aging medicine which helps regenerate the organic functioning of humans"

Abstracts:

  • Cordyceps militaris Improves Tolerance to High-Intensity Exercise After Acute and Chronic Supplementation - J Diet Suppl. 2016 Jul 13 - "time to exhaustion (TTE) ... ventilatory threshold (VT) ... Relative peak power output (RPP) ... average power output (AvgP) ... Subjects consumed 4 g·d-1 mushroom blend (MR) or maltodextrin (PL) for 1 week. Ten volunteers supplemented for an additional 2 weeks ... One week of supplementation elicited no significant time × treatment interaction for VO2max (p = 0.364), VT (p = 0.514), TTE (p = 0.540), RPP (p = 0.134), AvgP (p = 0.398), or %drop (p = 0.823). After 3 weeks, VO2max significantly improved (p = 0.042) in MR (+4.8 ml·kg-1·min-1), but not PL (+0.9 ml·kg-1·min-1). Analysis of 95% confidence intervals revealed significant improvements in TTE after 1- (+28.1 s) and 3 weeks (+69.8 s) in MR, but not PL, with additional improvements in VO2max (+4.8 ml·kg-1·min-1) and VT (+0.7 l·min-1) after 3 weeks" - [Nutra USA] - See cordyceps at Amazon.com.
  • Antidepressant-like effects of cordycepin in a mice model of chronic unpredictable mild stress - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:438506 - "This study is attempted to investigate whether cordycepin (COR) possesses beneficial effects on chronic unpredictable mild stress- (CUMS-) induced behavioral deficits (depression-like behaviors) and explore the possible mechanisms ... COR remarkably improved depression-like behavior in CUMS mice and its antidepressant activity is mediated, at least in part, by the upregulating BDNF and downregulating 5-HT2AR levels and inflammation in hippocampus"
  • Antidepressant-Like Effect of Cordyceps sinensis in the Mouse Tail Suspension Test - Biol Pharm Bull. 2007 Sep;30(9):1758-62 - "Cordyceps sinensis (CS) has been known as a component of traditional medicines that elicit various biological effects such as anti-fatigue, immunomodulatory, and hypoglycemic actions. Since it has been well-established that fatigue is closely related to depression, we used the tail suspension test (TST) in mice to examine the antidepressant-like effects of hot water extract (HWCS) and supercritical fluid extract (SCCS) of CS ... these results suggest that SCCS may elicit an antidepressant-like effect by affecting the adrenergic and dopaminergic systems, but not by affecting the serotonergic system"
  • Anti-oxidation activity of different types of natural Cordyceps sinensis and cultured Cordyceps mycelia - Phytomedicine 2001 May;8(3):207-12 - "Cordyceps, in general, possesses a strong anti-oxidation activity in all assays tested"

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