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Energy Performance

The Natural Power Behind Energy Performance

What Is It?

This energy blend combines the power of functional mushrooms with natural energy enhancers to keep you running at peak performance – even on your toughest days.

What’s In It?

This potent formula is centered around the Cordyceps mushroom, and Maitake mushrooms, enhanced with a potent mix of all-natural energy boosting ingredients.

Cordyceps – for their natural energy properties and metabolism boosting functionality and help with oxygen intake for better endurance
Maitake – for metabolism support and immune-boosting power
Guarana – for natural energy production
Green tea extract – increase metabolic function
Panax ginseng – reduce fatigue
Turmeric root – helps with inflammation

What Does It Do?

Energy Performance with its scientifically proven ability to help the lungs absorb oxygen more efficiently at the cellular level, this potent mushroom will provide you with increased endurance and energy whenever you need it. Packed with rich profile of phytochemicals such as polysaccharides, triterpenoids, amino acids, and polyphenols, as well as additions of vitamins B, B-12, C, and D and minerals will support your body ability to product natural sustained energy, on top of boosting metabolism support, immune strength and support, anti-aging, and longevity.

How Does It Work?

The Energy Performance formula provides an intelligent array of fungal molecules demonstrated in the scientific literature to offer wellness properties.

Traditional uses of cordyceps mushrooms include promotion of health, longevity, and athletic power and endurance. [1] In 1993, Chinese runners who had ingested cordyceps achieved records in several running events, thrusting these mushrooms on the world stage as potential energy enhancers. Thus, cordyceps is used in Spore products to provide a burst of energy. One study demonstrated that, with or without exercising, cordyceps improved exercise endurance by activating skeletal muscle metabolic regulators and increasing antioxidants. [1] A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial also demonstrated these findings in older adults (ages 50-75 years) who ingested 333 mg of dried mushrooms. [2] Aerobic performance improved and the ingestion of the mushrooms pointed to resistance to fatigue.

Glucans from Grifola frondosa or maitake mushrooms provide strong antioxidant and immune-supporting properties [3-5], providing evidence for anti-aging capabilities. Antioxidative properties worked by augmenting key enzymes like superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase activity, which in turn, catalyze the destruction of the superoxide radical and reduce lipid hydroperoxides to alcohols and hydrogen peroxide to water, respectively. Additionally, these glucans increased interleukine-2 (IL-2) production, an immunocytokine that has strong immune-enhancing properties providing the most effective cytokine for T cell biology (a type of white blood cell), as well as the ability to boost the activity of natural killer cells, another type of lymphocyte vital to our immune systems. Malondialdehyde (a common marker for oxidative stress) content in the liver was reduced, further demonstrating maitake’s antioxidant properties. [4] What’s more, α-glucan from maitake offers anti-tumor activity by promoting the production of cells that enhance our immune systems like tumor necrosis factor α, different interleukins, and through macrophage cell activation. [6] And a human clinical trial showed that maitake mushrooms led to increased antibodies in in response to influenza type A virus H1N1 after study participants took 20 maitake tablets per day. [7] Maitake mushrooms also help improve metabolism, showing increased fat metabolism [8,9] and other age-related metabolic issues such as glucose/insulin metabolism (e.g., hyperglycemia) [10].

Guarana seeds contain more caffeine than any other plant including approximately four times as much as coffee. [11,12] Thus, guarana provides a source of natural energy exemplified by the surge in energy drinks containing it. The stimulating effects of guarana are longer lasting than caffeine.

Green Tea Extract provides a panoply of various molecules that are beneficent for our health, such as antioxidants and polyphenols like the catechins which include epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechingallate, and epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. In addition to antioxidant and anti-cancer properties [13], green tea extract is beneficial for metabolism, specifically lipid metabolism in overweight people [14]. A meta-analysis concluded that drinking green tea can reduce total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL). EGCG helps prevent an enzyme from breaking down norepinephrine, a hormone, leading to an increase in the hormone’s concentration. [15,16] This results in the breaking down of fat, and the caffeine and EGCG in green tea may potentiate the effect. [17]

Panax ginseng (ginseng) is a well-known natural stimulant for energy and vitality. A steroid within ginseng called dammarane steroid has demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects on skeletal muscle after muscle-damaging exercise. [18] The dominant molecule within a ginseng extract, called ginsenoside Ro, is also thought to combat inflammation and boost skeletal muscle performance. [19] The mechanism of ginseng’s ability to help prevent fatigue, especially following exercise, is thought to reside in its decreasing plasma lactate, ammonia, and creatine kinase, while increasing serum glucose levels. Other studies have reported ginseng’s ability to decrease oxidative stress in skeletal muscle. [20]

Long used in the culinary industry to provide color to dishes, turmeric root has become much more of a household spice in recent times due to the medicinal properties it bestows. For example, turmeric and its phytochemicals such as curcumin are known anti-inflammatory agents as has been demonstrated in pre-clinical and clinical investigations. [21-23] Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric and curcumin have been studied as a treatment option for diseases where inflammation plays a strong role, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and arthritis. [22] As an example, curcumin provided relief in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. [23]

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

References

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