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Cordyceps-Militaris Fungus May Improve Workout Endurance

A recent study suggests that taking a supplement containing the fungus Cordyceps-militaris may improve maximal oxygen consumption after high intensity training.

Participants in the study included 28 people (16 men and 12 women) between the ages of 18 and 35. Ten people from the group also completed a second phase of the study.

All of the participants underwent baseline testing, after which they were given either two 1.3 gram capsules of the mushroom blend three times per day for one week or a placebo. For the second phase, the participants were given the same level of supplementation for an additional two weeks.

The researchers noted no difference in exercise performance between the two groups after the first week. However, after the second phase, the researchers noted significant improvements in maximal oxygen consumption. This is a measurement of how much oxygen a body can consume. Higher maximal oxygen consumption is associated with the ability to exercise for longer.

Participants in the second phase also showed potential improvements in ventilator threshold and time to exhaustion. The ventilator threshold is the point during exercise at which your breathing becomes labored.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on July 13, 2016, in the Journal of Dietary Supplements.

Cordyceps-militaris is a fungus that is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat fatigue, respiratory illnesses, renal dysfunction, and cardiac dysfunction. Western research is ongoing, and preliminary studies suggest it may help support the immune system and control blood sugar.

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