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Adaptogenic Mushrooms for Prework & Recovery

Last updated: March-27,2023

Adaptogenic Mushrooms for Pre-workout and Recovery

Adaptogenic mushrooms have been shown to provide nutritional, performance, and recovery-enhancing benefits and can be consumed pre-workout and post-workout. Dietary supplements made of adaptogenic mushrooms can be an effective, stimulant-free pre-workout supplement – for both athletic and gym-going consumers. A good quality pre-workout mushroom can help athletes prepare for special events, gym-goers build and maintain fitness, or just help maintain overall well-being.

Moreover, an effective pre-and post-workout dietary supplement can help improve performance by enhancing focus, stamina, and energy while also helping speed up muscle recovery. As a supplement brand owner, you have quite a few options to invest in – from boosters, capsules, and powder – adaptogenic mushrooms can be delivered in several forms. In this article, we examine the potential of adaptogenic mushrooms as a supplement for pre and post-workout. We also discuss market potential and how we can help you get the best quality supplements. [i] [ii] [iii]

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What are adaptogenic mushrooms?

Adaptogenic mushrooms are mushrooms having the potential to help reduce the stress on the body. We’ve often seen people use them as herbal products. But the catch here is that they are different from hallucinogenic mushrooms and do not act on the mind or perception. Adaptogens, in general, are ingredients used to relieve the body’s response to stress. Adaptogenic mushrooms can help athletes, for example, long-distance runners resist stress and its associated effects on weight management and exhaustion. Several clinical studies have shown that adaptogens can regulate the body’s stress response, decrease fatigue and stress-induced impairments, and increase attention. [iv]

Health Benefits of Mushrooms

Research continues to highlight the health benefits of mushrooms as adaptogens. This fungus has been found to naturally produce adaptogenic chemicals that help the body deal with stress. For example, one clinical study suggests that the beta-glucan polysaccharides in reishi mushrooms may assist in modulating the body’s immune response and provide anti-inflammatory effects associated with overexercising. Another study performed on long-distance cyclists consuming cordyceps supplements suggests that they witness a low level of oxidative stress from training. These studies give us a sneak peek of how mushrooms may have the potential to work as pre-and post-workout supplements. Let’s walk through the types of mushrooms that can work as pre-and post-workout supplement ingredients. [v] [vi]

Pre-workout and post-workout mushrooms and their benefits

Pre-workout mushrooms: If you’re going for a pre-workout adaptogenic supplement line, we’d recommend using mushrooms like Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, and Reishi. When these are used as pre-workout supplements, they can help improve respiratory capacity as well as stamina, energy, and blood flow. These mushrooms have also been found to support a healthy inflammation response and metabolism.

Post-workout mushrooms: If post-workout is your next supplement category, we’d recommend using Reishi as a supplement ingredient. Post-workout supplements made of this ingredient can help after a good workout by assisting in reducing occasional stress and aiding sleep plus recovery. This ingredient helps improve circulation to aid with muscle recovery by assisting the body get rid of lactic acid. [vii]

Types of adaptogenic mushrooms and their health benefits

Cordyceps: Cordyceps sinensis has been studied for its potential to reduce the stress effects on the body. While more research is required, many believe that Cordyceps mushroom supplements can help improve athletic performance by boosting the production of ATP. This may give the muscles more energy to use during exercise, further improving performance. [viii] [ix]

Lion’s Mane: Lion’s mane mushrooms, also known as Hericium erinaceus, is another mushroom thought to have adaptogenic effects. Studies have shown that lion’s mane extract can help smooth out stress-related changes to neurotransmitters – serotonin and dopamine. They may also improve the body’s response to stress, and studies also show that they may help counter the downregulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BNDF).[vi]

Reishi: A small study in male athletes showed that consuming reishi and Cordyceps mushrooms can help protect the human body from stress-related damage that the athletes may experience because of overtraining through cycling. It may also help protect the body from stress-induced anxiety and exercise-induced damage to muscle cells. [x]

Chaga: Chaga mushroom has been shown to have several potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which may make it a potential adaptogenic supplement. [xi]

Health Benefits of Adaptogenic Mushrooms

Adoptogenic Mushrooms Search Trends

Adaptogens market is growing at a rapid speed. Market projections are expected to grow at a CAGR of around 7% between 2022 and 2027.[xii] The growing inclination of consumers toward following an active lifestyle is adding to this growth. The following chart shows how the search trends for the keyword “adaptogenic mushrooms” has increased +59% in the past few months. With increased search and demand, more brand owners are including adaptogens in their product lines.

adaptogenic mushrooms trends

Source: keywordtool.io

Similarly, the trends for other keywords related to adaptogenic mushrooms are increasing on leading platforms like Google and Amazon.

adaptogenic mushrooms keywords trend

Source: keywordtool.io

How can NutraScience Labs help manufacture good quality post and pre-workout supplements?

Online reviews of sports nutrition depict that consumers usually focus on two things when it comes to nutritional supplements:

  1. Delivering the desired dose of performance-boosting ingredients
  2. The taste

The one thing that brand owners need to be careful about, among others, is the taste, and that can be a challenge when investing in an adaptogenic mushroom supplement line. But, with the help of our in-house food scientist, rest assured that you’ll receive a mouth-watering product that your customers will purchase again and again.

NutraScience Labs has helped more than 2,300 companies create and bring high-quality, customized products to the market. In addition to best-in-class contract supplement manufacturing, we provide new and existing brands with award-winning label and packaging design services and convenient order fulfillment solutions – all under ONE roof – saving you countless amounts of time, money, and stress.

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[i] https://www.realmushrooms.com/stimulant-free-pre-workout/

[ii] https://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/sports-nutrition/adaptogenic-mushrooms-pre-workout-and-recovery

[iii] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/adaptogenic-mushrooms#should-you-try-them

[iv] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/adaptogenic-mushrooms#should-you-try-them

[v] https://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/sports-nutrition/adaptogenic-mushrooms-pre-workout-and-recovery

[vi] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/adaptogenic-mushrooms#should-you-try-them

[vii] https://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/sports-nutrition/adaptogenic-mushrooms-pre-workout-and-recovery

[viii] https://www.eatthis.com/cordyceps-mushroom-health-benefits/#:~:text=It%20may%20reduce%20signs%20of%20aging&text=Antioxidants%20help%20protect%20our%20body,%2C%20skin%2C%20and%20nail%20health.

[ix] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/adaptogenic-mushrooms#types-potential-benefits

[x] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/adaptogenic-mushrooms#should-you-try-them

[xi] https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-chaga

[xii] https://www.globenewswire.com/en/news-release/2022/02/14/2384077/0/en/The-Adaptogens-Market-is-slated-to-exceed-USD-14-billion-by-2027-Says-Global-Market-Insights-Inc.html

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About the Author:

Gene Bruno

Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AHG) - Mr. Bruno possesses over 43 years of dietary supplement industry experience. With a Master's degree in nutrition and a second Master's degree in herbal medicine, he has a proven track record of formulating innovative, evidence-based dietary supplements. Mr. Bruno currently serves as both the Senior Director of Product Innovation at Twinlab Corporation and Professor of Nutraceutical Science at Huntington University of Health Sciences.