Shroom TECH Sport combines a host of all-natural, competition safe nutrients, led by the traditionally revered Chinese 'caterpillar mushroom': Cordyceps Sinensis. Cordyceps enjoyed the distinction of being the world's most expensive nutritional supplement for much of the 20th century. Recent advances in cultivation combined with the publicity from the success at the 1993 Chinese National Games have increasingly brought it into scientific interest.
Applications of Cordyceps and its extracts are hypothesized to be centered primarily on the key effects of increased oxygen utilization, increased cellular ATP production and the stabilization of blood sugar metabolism. The presence of adenosine, cordycepin, and cordycepic acid; polysaccharides; vitamins; and trace elements may be, at least partially, the cause for such effects. [source] An increase in cellular ATP results in an increase in useful energy. This is in contrast to the perceived increase in energy that occurs from the use of CNS stimulants, such as caffeine, ephedrine, and amphetamines, which ultimately results in an energy deficiency. This is a distinct advantage that an ATP focused energy product like Shroom TECH Sport has over other 'pre workout' stimulant based formulas. There is a naturally occurring amount of caffeine in the green tea extract found in the formula, ranging from 30-45mg per dose. For reference, an average cup of coffee contains roughly 95mg of caffeine.
It should be noted that cordyceps and the Russian adaptogen rhodiola have been identified as being particularly synergistic, and many of the studies done on performance included rhodiola, as does Shroom TECH Sport.
HUMAN STUDIES ON CORDYCEPS
Cordyceps Increases Oxygen Utilization By 50%
In a double-blind study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers gave 30 male athletes either cordyceps or a placebo. The athletes did not change their exercise routine during the study. After six weeks, the cordyceps group's oxygen intake was almost double the placebo group's. Oxygen intake is crucial to supplying nutrients to the muscles and preventing fatigue and the buildup of lactic acid. [source, source]
Cordyceps Increases Aerobic Capacity by 9%
In another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 30 healthy elderly Chinese people took either 3 g of cordyceps daily or a placebo. After six weeks, aerobic capacity in the cordyceps group increased 9 percent, which researchers say produced higher energy levels, while those taking the placebo saw no energy change.
HUMAN STUDIES ON CORDYCEPS COMBINED WITH RHODIOLA
Training In Altitude With Cordyceps Decreases Cortisol and Improves Treadmill Running
18 healthy male subjects between the ages of 19 and 20 were taken into high altitude and divided into two groups, one receiving 1400 mg of Cordyceps and Rhodiola, while the other received an identical placebo. The group receiving the Cordyceps showed increased EPO sensitivity, decreased cortisol levels and significant improvement in treadmill running vs. the control group. [source]
Cordyceps Significantly Improves Vo2 Max, Oxygen Uptake, Aerobic Capacity, and Resistance to Fatigue In Double-Blind Trial
Thirty-seven healthy chinese subjects were given either a proprietary combination of Cordyceps and Rhodiola, or identical placebo capsules. Their exercise performance was tested before and after 6 weeks of treatment with a symptom-limited, incremental work rate protocol on a cycle ergometer. Maximum oxygen uptake (VO2max) was measured using a metabolic chart. The results showed a statistically significant improvement in VO2 max, energy levels, and exercise capability.[source]
ANIMAL STUDIES ON CORDYCEPS
Mouse Swim Test Shows Significant Increase in Time-To-Exhaustion
Among the simplest and most reliable tests used to determine a compound's ability to increase the energy output of a subject or decrease fatigue is the mouse swim test. In this test, two groups of mice are used. One group receives a standard diet, whereas the other receives the same diet, with the addition of the test compound. In a study done in 1999 cordyceps was tested in such a fashion. After a period of time, the two groups are put into a steep-sided container filled with water, from which escape is not possible. In this way, the animals are forced to swim. The time-to-exhaustion is measured for the two groups, and the results are compared and contrasted. If the group receiving the test compound swims longer than the group on the standard diet without the test compound, then it has been determined that they had increased energy output/ decreased fatigue, when compared to the control group. Trials of this nature have been conducted using Cordyceps as the test compound and have invariably shown the use of Cordyceps to significantly increase the time-to-exhaustion in laboratory animals over their control groups.[source]
Increase In Cellular ATP Proven in Animal Models
Cordyceps has proven to be a nontoxic fungal substance with wide-ranging physical and chemical effects on the body. No human toxicity has been reported, and animal models failed to find an LD50 (median lethal dose) injected i.p. in mice at up to 80 g/kg per day, with no fatalities after 7 days. [source] Given by mouth to rabbits for 3 months, at 10 g/kg per day (n = 6), no abnormalities were seen from blood tests or in kidney or liver function.[source]
HUMAN STUDIES ON ADDITIONAL SHROOM TECH INGREDIENTS
Green Tea Supplement Improves Cycling Time Trials At Simulated Altitude
In a double blind clinical trial performed at Texas Tech University, 9 of 10 cyclists given green tea extract performed significantly better in time trials at simulated altitude. In addition, their mean power output was shown to be significantly improved. According to the examining doctors:
"Reactive oxygen species (ROS) or free radicals are unstable molecules that have been implicated in the processes of muscle damage and fatigue. Previous studies have shown that both exercise and hypoxia associated with altitude exposure result in increased production of ROS. Catechins in green tea extract (GTE) are powerful antioxidants capable of scavenging ROS and possibly preventing muscle damage and fatigue." [source]
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