Oregon's Wild Harvest - Ask Dr. Meletis

Cordyceps to Support Athletic Performance*

January 2019

Q: I’ve heard that the mushroom supplement Cordyceps can support athletic performance. Can you tell me more?

A: This amazing mushroom has been long revered for its ability to support athletic performance.  There have been a few studies showing that it can help support exercise performance while at the same time as serving as an adaptogen. Particularly interesting to me is that there is some evidence pointing to Cordyceps ability to help the mitochondria in our cells make ATP, our energy currency that allows us to have the energy to exercise and our bodies to function. I really like the quote in the following scientific article found in Chinese Medicine, published in 2007: “Cordyceps, highly regarded as a tonifying herb with a dual action of Yin and Yang, stimulates mitochondrial ATP generation and enhances cellular immune responses.”

Here is a link to the full article to read more. The bottom line is that the body needs a constant supply of ATP to keep it going and accomplish and maintain our wellness goals. As 2019 proceeds, I guarantee that if you are wellness-focused, you will read a lot more about mitochondria and ATP, as it literally is what keeps us all going. 


Dr. Chris Meletis, N.D.Dr. Chris Meletis, N.D., has 24-years of experience practicing as a Naturopathic Doctor in Portland, Oregon.  He is dedicated to using his vast knowledge about alternative medicine to help his patients and generously give to those in need. He has written over a dozen books and 100's of national articles, and was named Naturopathic Physician of the Year in 2003 by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.  Read more about Dr. Meletis here.  Or, visit our "Ask Dr. Meletis, N.D." page for additional articles. 

*Statements herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to treat or diagnose any disease or health condition. The information on this website, and provided by Dr. Chris Meletis, N.D., is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is recommended that patients check with their doctors before taking herbs, to ensure that there are no contraindications with prescription medications. There is additional information linked within this site to HealthNotes®, a third party educational source, containing the latest research on health and supplements. Oregon's Wild Harvest will not be held accountable for this information and consider it an education reference only.  

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