Superfood Mushrooms for Superheroes in the Weight Room
Cordyceps (or cordyceps miltaris) has gained a ton of popularity as a terrifying mushroom from The Last of Us. Fortunately for us, we live in a world where no zombie outbreak is possible with cordyceps, and actually, it can operate as a daily supplement for boosting function.
As a part of the recent medicinal mushroom (or adaptogenic mushroom) movement, cordyceps joins a handful of other fungi that set the standard for daily mushroom use. These include:
- Turkey Tail
Together, each of these can elevate the performance of the other to create a well rounded day. Especially with routine use, you won't feel the difference using medicinal mushrooms, but you'll see it in instead in your mood, productivity, and overall energy. Additional health benefits may include:
- Increased energy
- Higher exercise performance
- Quicker recovery
- Better sleep
- Stress relief
- Reduced brain fog
- Overall body wellness
Today, we'll take a deep dive into workouts and how fitness can be impacted by the top five benefits of using cordyceps as a daily supplement. Additionally, our team's explored a handful of routes (like mushroom gummies and teas) you can exercise to start using cordyceps in your routine today.
What are Cordyceps Mushrooms?
Cordyceps has over 600 variants all over the world, and has become a major subject of study for academics in the health and wellness industry. Found primarily in Asia, these fungi have been cultivated heavily in the United States to meet demands of high-performance health and wellness routines.
They've been widely accepted now for their healing properties and various areas of functional support, which are built to fuel a higher performing, more productive day ahead.
Are They Safe?
Absolutely! Cordyceps mushrooms are entirely safe even for daily use. You should monitor your intake by recommended dosages of each provider, as well as if you have any allergic reactions.
Additionally, they don't have any hallucinogenic properties either. Their symptoms like skin reactions for example may be caused by cordyceps interacting with other drugs, even though the use of the mushroom overall is believed to be safe. Given their low risk of side effects and high reward opportunity of daily wellness, cordyceps are widely accepted for athletes to use.
Now, while the functionality of cordyceps can be effective in a ton of different areas, not all apply to your workouts. Fortunately, the top-five you can expect from using cordyceps regularly are perfect for getting a strong lift into your cardio, weights, and crossfit days.
Top 5 Benefits of Cordyceps for Fitness Routines
Immunity can make or break your workouts. Getting sick makes everything tougher, and can completely derail the progress you've been making in the gym. Getting a good diet in, sun, and exercise is a good start, and your body can always afford a little extra help.
Proactively protect your body and mind to stay on track with good immune system support. Cordyceps stimulates cells in the immune system, and has been linked to making them more active in fighting off potential sickness or ailments. While they aren't the best functional mushroom for this support (chaga or reishi may take that crown), it's still a good place to start.
4: Fatigue Recovery
Fighting through fatigue's a major part of staying on track with setting new PRs, feeling energized before your workouts, and recovering quickly after them. Cordyceps creates a simple route to fatigue recovery that allows acceleration in adrenal fatigue processes. Most of this roots in body stressors, which can be overwhelming on the body and require a bit of extra support like cordyceps to get back on track.
3: Heart Health
Heart health impacts a ton of your cardiovascular performance when you're working out, and cordyceps is a great way to regulate blood flow, microcirculation, blood pressure, and more. When each of these elements is combined with a regular source of cordyceps, a strong bond is created in the form of a wellness-powered relationship.
This relationship starts with oxygen flowing to the brain to ward off mental fatigue and keep you energized. For this change to start making an impact, cordyceps being used on a regular basis might be a more effective route to seeing the results rather than a one-time use sort of deal.
2: Oxygen Flow and Uptake
Oxygen uptake simply refers to how your body regulates and ventilates oxygen through working muscles. Your VO2max is a value that determines the amount of oxygen you're able to utilize optimally in the body, especially through high stress weight lifting or extended cardio.
Cordyceps in studies have been obserbvred to improve aerobic fitness specifically, and increase that VO2max value that can be crucial to your next workout. This support could allow for you to start working out for longer, and increase performance of metabolic functions necessary to regulate your breath during harder exercise.
1: Inflammation Support
Inflammation roots in every ailment. Sickness, fatigue, and stress can all create too much inflammation for the body, which may result in diseases developing or even cancer. In your health and wellness routine, you need to take precautions to prevent these advancements, which supplements like cordyceps are an excellent place to start working on.
As a natural route at combatting that process, cordyceps works at keeping your inflammation reduced or from developing into infection. Airway inflammation, for example, roots in asthma problems for most patients. With cordyceps, studies have shown that this inflammation can be reduced and keep the airways clear.
Where Can I Incorporate Cordyceps Into My Workouts?
Tinctures are never a bad option. Even without the best flavors or being the most enjoyable way to take supplements, they do often have the fastest-acting benefits.
If you want a fast route to cordyceps support, tinctures are the way to go. Getting comfortable taking them might be a bit of a learning curve, though it will get easier over time. Depending on the brand, they can also last a fairly long time as well, giving you functional support you don't need to constantly re-up on.
Cooking with cordyceps can be a fun way to try out some new recipes and get a bit of functional wellness fueled into your day.
The thing is: cooking can be particularly time consuming. Especially with fresh ingredients, it can also get expensive. Your average grocery store might not have cordyceps on hand, which means you may have to cultivate it on your own or purchase it at higher prices in bulk online. Chances are, cordyceps mushroom supplements like teas, powders, and others might be the route to go.
3: Powders (Smoothie Blends, Protein Shakes, etc.)
Smoothies are a great spot to pack a ton of nutrients into a tight space. You can grab your favorite fruits, veggies, and any additives for a healthier morning, evening, and afternoon.
They can get a little messy, but are still effective. If powders have been the way you go for most other supplements, mushroom powder shouldn't be much different. It may have added sugars or caffeine, though, so be mindful of the ingredients and how they pertain to your diet.
2: Teas and Coffees
Both teas and mushroom coffees usually hit a similar spot in the soul. They are hot, cleansing, and can taste pretty good too. It just depends on the blend you work in and what kind of additives they have.
However, these aren't always the best route to working supplements into a fitness routine. Sure, it might be a great way to start the day, though that also means they likely will have caffeine. At the same time, you might already have a coffee blend in your diet you like, so why change it up? Overall, if you're going for a caffeine-less routine and still want functional support for your energy and cognitive function, gummies are the perfect solution.
Mushroom gummies are a fantastic place to get started. You can work in cordyceps mushrooms with your diet using zero extra prep work in your morning, no new recipes, and no hassle.
Beyond just the convenience, though, there's a ton of other help beyond health benefits that gummies offer.
Boost Cordyceps Gummies to Try
Shelf Life and Freshness
Having two full months worth of support on hand is an outstanding benefit of getting mushroom gummies for cordyceps support like Boost. One 60-count bottle can set you up for a couple months of mushroom-powered wellness, and makes trips to an out-of-the-way grocery store no longer necessary.
Zero Caffeine or Processed Sugars
Processed sugars and caffeine can completely derail your day with unexpected crashes and an overall sense of lower performance. At Troomy, our Boost gummies use a caffeine-free, processed sugarless blend to power your day.
Customized Around Your Needs
Your needs come first. You shouldn't have to get a daily vitamin to get the vitamins you need. Just a blend of exactly what you're looking for, and nothing more.
That same ideology is what we've applied to making mushroom gummies for daily function. Each blend uses one flagship mushroom to make the blend easy for targeting specific needs. Boost for example is perfect for workouts and getting your body prepared for recovery, while Calm might be better for stress and anxiety support.
Overall, there's a blend for everyone at Troomy, and we aim to create a cohesive daily routine with organic ingredients, delicious flavors, and most important, medicinal mushrooms like cordyceps. Luckily, it's easier than ever to get started.
Getting Started with Cordyceps-Powered Workouts Today!
Overall, cordyceps is a great place to start with functional mushrooms for workouts. You get a blast of functional-wellness that elevates your diet, energy, and moods without any caffeine or sugars. To see what makes cordyceps really pack a punch, we recommend our Boost blend from Troomy Nootropics. On top of a delicious fruity flavor, Boost offers a fast daily supplement to work into your day with no caffeine, prep time, or hassle.
To give it a try today, check out our mushroom gummies in the shop and see if cordyceps is the perfect game-changing mushroom for you!