Metabolic Effects and Benefits of Cordyceps on Young and Elderly Individuals
Majid Koozehchian, Kinesiology
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Cordyceps is a genus of ascomycete fungi that includes about 600 species. These mushrooms have been consumed for a long time; however, despite the broad range of effects reported regarding cordyceps effects’, little data is available to pinpoint this herb’s mechanism. Results of the few cordyceps-related studies have shown these mushrooms to improve pulmonary ventilation, strengthen the immune system, improve athletic performance, and reduce the effects of aging. Cordyceps can help the body utilize oxygen more efficiently and enhance blood flow. This can be especially helpful for athletes or those who regularly workout. Cordyceps supplementation may enhance physiological responses to improve performance. However, their metabolic effects are different among young athletes and elderly individuals. Cordyceps have been tested, proven to improve resistance to fatigue, aerobic and anaerobic capacities, along with other health benefits in elderly individuals. Furthermore, cordyceps supplementation has been shown to improve exercise endurance capacity by activating the skeletal muscle metabolic regulators and coordinated antioxidant response. Future studies involving the specific mechanisms of cordyceps may provide insight into effective prescriptions of this herbal supplement.
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Fernandez, Emanuel, "Metabolic Effects and Benefits of Cordyceps on Young and Elderly Individuals" (2021). JSU Student Symposium 2021. 16.