Best Mushrooms for Energy

Best Mushrooms for Energy

Many mushrooms sustain our energy, and every single one of them is capable of doing this individually. Our bodies are like clockwork, and they work best when they have support for all of their gears. Whatever moving parts are not working correctly, there is likely a fungus to fix it! Let us go over some of the most well-known mushrooms to keep your energy flowing.

Best Mushrooms for Energy Support: Cordyceps

First of all, the star mushroom of the energetics supporting game is, hands down, the cordyceps mushroom. Also known as “the Olympic Mushroom,” cordyceps provides the body with a highly bioavailable compound known as cordycepin. Cordycepin is nearly molecularly identical to Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), the currency of our cell energy.

Our bodies use cordycepin like ATP without having to spend energy making it; basically like a free fuel! Cordyceps also supports our energy, supporting our natural ATP production. So, by taking cordyceps, not only are we supporting our energy, but also inherited a little bit.

Also, cordyceps supports pulmonary health, which then supports the cellular level of oxygen uptake and utilization. By supporting oxygen utilization, we support our resistance against fatigue during endurance training.

A well-known testimony to cordyceps mushrooms power comes from 1993, when three Chinese women athletes on the same team established new records at the Beijing National Games. They were accused of doping, but they were all tested negative. The athletes credited the cordyceps with enabling them to perform at an above-average level.

Shiitake Mushrooms for B Vitamins

Many mushrooms provide a high concentration of B vitamins, but Shiitake definitely wins the prize for highest concentration, making it our second choice as a best energy mushroom. B vitamins help our bodies convert food into readily available energy. All B vitamins have an important role, and there is no way to tell which is most critical to our health. Try taking Mushroom Revivals Daily 10 tincture, with Shiitake, because it contains a whole host of vitamins and minerals many people are missing from their diets.

Reishi for Energy Balance

Reishi mushrooms may help to support the hormones in our bodies. So, Reishi is another great mushroom to help with energy.

Adaptogenic Properties

The acceptance of adaptogens–a rather new term, and one now taking hold in the supplements world–came about thanks to a Russian physician back in the 60s, who was trying to refuel soldiers with substances that were non-addictive and did not lead to energy crashes. The main reason for taking adaptogens is, unsurprisingly, adaptability. This means supporting our bodies natural stress response, supporting energy without compromising, and may help with relaxation. Adaptogens help us to adapt, as do adaptogenic plants.

Adaptogenic plants tend to thrive over several seasons and under extreme conditions. The criteria all adaptogens need to meet in order to be considered such include: being non-toxic, safe for prolonged consumption, and being a non-specific regulator, which can be taken at any time of the day. While all mushrooms possess adaptogenic properties, reishi and cordyceps are stars. There are also many herbs that are powerful adaptogens, like ashwagandha and rhodiola. Combine herbs with mushrooms to provide support to your energy, and you have the tools to sustain vigor at the cellular level.

About the author

Bruce Wilson

I've studied Mycology and Forest Pathology and love creating content to help other learn more about my passion. Follow along as I continue to explore the amazing world of functional fungi!

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