Cordyceps SinensisSuper Foods
Guest Blogger: Rachael Todd
Miss United States 2017
Certified Health Coach and Yoga Instructor, Certified in Positive Psychology
This series is written to increase the detoxification effects of Planet Beach services. It is focused on nutritional ingredients that you can add into your daily regime to take the already incredible results even further.
At Planet Beach you will find services that strive to ultimately make you feel better and look better, but they do this by reducing inflammation in the body. Utilizing red light therapy, the meditation booth, the hydration station, the HOTWORX infrared sauna and more, these powerful treatments are ancient technologies that are available to you.
In addition to utilizing services at Planet Beach that are based on ancient treatments and traditions, you can enhance your results with superior nutrition.
This month’s new food to incorporate is…
Cordyceps Sinensis is an essential medicinal mushroom in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Incorporating ancient wisdom and traditions into your daily nutritional plan is such an easy and powerful way to enhance your energy level, boost your immune system and improve your wellbeing.
The desire to improve physical performance and dominate in competition is a new trend. For centuries, athletes have used a variety of “performance-enhancing” concoctions including the Ancient Greek Olympians who, prior to competing, ingested dried figs, mushrooms and strychnine amongst other substances, the Norse Berserkers who consumed hallucinogenic mushrooms to increase their fighting strength and, more recently, the Chinese women distance runners who shattered world records in ’93 due in part to a daily intake of cordyceps in chicken broth.
This mushroom contains a broad range of compounds including vitamins E, K, B1, B2, B12, all essential amino acids, many sugars and polysaccharides, proteins, sterols and a host of macro and micro elements. In traditional Chinese medicine, cordyceps are used to treat respiratory and pulmonary disease, renal, liver and cardiovascular disease as well as immune disorders. In Tibet, it is considered a rejuvenator that increases energy and reduces fatigue.
Nobody really understood the endurance benefits of Cordyceps until the Chinese National Games in Beijing. During these games three world records in the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000-meter events were broken by athletes who were taking Cordyceps. The 1994 winter issue of American Entomologist published an article on the incredible rapid ascendancy of the Chinese women’s track team. Chinese coach Ma Zunren stated that intense, high-altitude training and a stress-relieving tonic (prepared from Cordyceps Sinensis) were the factors responsible for record-breaking performances by the athletes.
A study presented at The ACSM annual meeting (Baltimore, MD, June 2001) on elite athletes looked at the effects of Cordyceps CS-4 on endurance performance parameters. The study (which took place in Encinitas, California) concluded that supplementation with Cordyceps CS-4 extract promotes fat metabolism during prolonged exercise. Cordyceps CS-4 supplementation resulted in improved circulatory and metabolic effects during submaximal exercise in endurance-conditioned athletes. The abstract of the study which was published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Journal, 2001, concluded that CS-4 supports normal fat mobilization and beta-oxidation, thereby preserving glycogen usage during prolonged exercise. (Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2001)
Consuming cordyceps from Asia in their natural form is not recommended as there may be many impurities, fungicidal residue and some are also stuffed with foreign objects (including lead) to increase their weight (and thus price). Cordyceps cultivated in the US organically from mycelium are considered better and safer with greater consistency, quality assurance and controlled potency. Terrafunga carries a reputable line of supplements including cordyceps that are grown organically in the US.
As many of us have resolved to eat healthier and exercise more in the future, perhaps adding some cordyceps to our routine will give us the energy boost we need while improving our performance and endurance.
(make sure that you search for a reliable source before ordering your supplement)