Myself and Kevin have been watching the very awesome series: "The Last of Us", which is also based on a video game of the same name. The storyline in the Last of Us pertains to this zombie apocalypse scenario; wherein the cause of the zombieness is due to a fungus called Cordyceps.
According to both the video game and the show, the mushroom Cordyceps mutated so that it infected human beings - taking over the nervous system and turning them into mindless zombies controlled by a fungus. This ends up causing the downfall of society.
So as much as I like the show (I have only ever played trial versions of the game), the thing is - Cordyceps in real life are actually more of an ally and friend as opposed to something to be afraid of. It is actually a key ingredient in Formula 2 of our Soma Supplement Mushroom line due to it's health benefits. And in an apocalyptic scenario; these super benefits would be more important than ever.
Cordyceps are medicinal mushrooms with potent biochemical properties and a unique and fascinating ecology and history. They have been used traditionally for centuries, with high esteem for improving well-being and longevity. They also considered energizing, able to improve athletic performance, respiration, and libido. Granted, there are a whole host of benefits to supplementing with Cordyceps; and so I will be focusing on 4 main benefits for the purposes of this blog article.
Increased Exercise Performance
Cordyceps could improve oxygen uptake or aerobic capacity in elderly individuals It could also help resistance to fatigue from exercise. It also
One study found that daily cordyceps supplementation gradually increased the maximum oxygen intake (VO2 max) in young adults after three weeks. Researchers believed these results meant that cordyceps might increase an athlete's tolerance to high-intensity exercise.
Cordyceps are also known to help with ATP production, which is the energy powerhouse of the cell. Cordyceps can improve this energy production by up to 50 percent.
It can improve brain function and antioxidative enzyme activity in mice with d-galactose-induced senescence. Cordyceps benefits also include improving immune function. It does this by stimulating macrophage (invader fighting cells) activity, according to a study published in Biotherapy.
Additionally, the polysaccharides in cordyceps can fight oxidative stress. (Oxidative stress is widely considered a potential cause of age-related illness.) A 2016 study concluded that these mushrooms have the ability to fight oxidative stress, which also improves immune function.
Anti-Cancer and Anti-Tumor Properties
Cordyceps could have anti-tumor effects. Cordyceps have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties on cancer cell cultures. This study tested it on human cancer cell lines including colon , prostate, and hepatoma cells.
Type 2 Diabetes Treatment
Cordyceps was also found to have the potential to protect insulin-making beta cells. In treatment for diabetes (Type 2). Cordycepin, one of the active ingredients in cordyceps, has been associated with antidiabetic activity in animal models. A recent review of various studies noted that cordycepin's potential effect on diabetes might be due to gene regulation.
Hippocrates stated that, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food".
Cordyceps mushrooms are definitely a nutritional powerhouse. We have leveraged Cordyceps within our Formula 2 Soma Supplements, and you can check out the Moon Guide that comes along with every purchase below.
I am also planning on filming a Soma Supplement Seminar regarding the superpowered benefits of Cordyceps today and so hopefully that will drop this weekend - stay tuned for that!