Run All Day

Run All Day

Over the July 4th holiday I watched kids as they played on the beach, running in and out of the waves. They seemed to have endless energy. I remember being like that as a kid. We’d spend all day at the beach, playing in the sand, riding on the waves. I never wanted to leave. I could run all day.

As adults we often dream about bottling a child’s energy. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tenth of their get-up and go!

The Chinese have known about a tiny fungus that can support energy - Cordyceps. These small, elusive fungi are often found growing from an insect, usually a caterpillar. Their properties are fascinating and have been used in Traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.

There are believed to be 400 species of Cordyceps; only two are currently being studied for their possible health benefits: Cordyceps sinensis and Cordyceps militaris.

In animal trials and limited human trials, researchers have identified several health benefits of Cordyceps, including:
  • Anti-Aging properties
  • Possible benefits to heart health
  • Potentially managing Type-2 diabetes
  • Anti-tumor support
  • Fighting inflammation
One of the most interesting benefits of Cordyceps is their ability to boost exercise performance.

Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners have prescribed Cordyceps to combat fatigue and support performance. Small studies have been conducted on humans in the west. These studies indicate that Cordyceps do seem to have a positive impact on the exercise performance of some adults. More testing needs to be conducted, but early results are promising.

Cordyceps sinensis has been found to act as a mild stimulant. Researchers refer to it as an adaptogen, capable of fighting stress or fatigue and even increasing energy levels. Athletes have been using Cordyceps to support their performance.

How does it work? Cordyceps contains adenosine, a type of nucleic acid that is a component needed to make ATP, an “energy carrier” that muscles use during physical exertion. Why is this important? ATP has been described as the “high-energy molecule that stores the energy we need to do just about everything we do.” Cordyceps provides a necessary component for the production of ATP and as such, helps maintain our energy levels.
Until recently, Cordyceps were not easily obtained. In the wild they’re primarily found in the Himalayas in China and Nepal. Wild Cordyceps are still difficult to obtain, but innovative
researches have learned how to reproduce cordyceps in the lab making them available in supplement form.

So while we haven’t found a way to bottle the energy of a five year-old, we can take advantage of the supportive nature of Cordyceps. Consider adding this beneficial supplement to your daily regimen for more energy.

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