Cordyceps 500 Reviews
By: Nature Restore
Cordyceps 500 is an Herbal Product manufactured by Nature Restore. It is a naturally occuring substance that is derived from natural elements/plants in nature.
IntroductionI'm a competing powerlifter, currently running a 6 day upper/lower split. I also enjoy cycling and mountain biking, so I am interested in supplements that will improve my aerobic performance as well as ones that improve my lifting performance. Most of my supplement use, though, is geared towards lifting.
Ingredient ProfileThis is a one ingredient product, Cordyceps and is standardized to 10% cordyceptic acid.
Cordyceps is a mushroom used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Historically, it was used for anti-aging, but more recently, it has been marketed for improving aerobic performance (and as a testosterone booster).
Cordyceps is one of the ingredients in PeakO2, which is a trademarked blend of mushrooms. Studies indicate that PeakO2 improves power output and VO2 max.
Unfortunately, the studies for Cordyceps on its own have not been as promising. It is unclear if Cordyceps alone is enough to get some of these benefits. It would be nice to see one study that puts the two different offerings head to head.
Taste/Mixability/DosingThere's no taste. This is a product that comes in pills. I think it should be either in pills or in a flavored product, as I've had raw Peak O2 before, and it's pretty gritty and kind of funky.
Likewise, there's no mixability.
One dose is one 500mg pill. I took 2 pills at a time, since Cordyceps is usually dosed 1000mg-3000mg, and there were 90 pills in a bottle. I usually took it pre-workout, but on days I didn't workout, I took it with breakfast.
I don't know if the timing matters, as I'm not sure if this is a saturation ingredient or if it works acutely.
EffectivenessI've used PeakO2 before (on its own and in Xtend Perform), so when I was using this product, I wanted to see if I got similar benefits. When I used PeakO2, I noticed that I was less tired at the end of my lifting workouts, that volume squat days were slightly less hellish, and that my aerobic capacity improved, even though I wasn't as consistent with my cardio as I wanted to be.
With Nature Restore's product, I noticed a similar improvement with my aerobic capacity. Being true to form, my cardio was on and off during the past month, but each time I came back to it, I was able to pick up where I left off.
The same goes for my volume squat days. They were equally hellish whether I used Peak O2 or NR's Cordyceps.
Unfortunately, though, I did not get the same benefit when it came to fatigue at the end of my workouts. I think the Cordyceps helped somewhat, but PeakO2 was more effective for me. My workouts were shorter this month, and I still didn't feel the same "I could do even more" feeling I had with PeakO2.
Do take this with a grain of salt though. It could just mean I'm in need of a deload soon.
ValueNature Restore's product is fairly priced. It's $15.95 for a bottle on Amazon, and that's 90 pills, which is $0.35/day if you take 2 capsules a day (half that if you do 1 pill a day).
I compared it to other Cordyceps pill products to gauge the market, and NR's product was by far the cheapest. The other products for $50-$70, and none of them were dosed any better.
PeakO2, though, is cheaper if you buy it in bulk (don't think anyone sells it in pills). It's $15.52 for 60 servings, but then you have a somewhat messy powder that doesn't taste very good.
NR is definitely the more convenient way to go.
Side EffectsNone for me.
ConclusionI think Cordyceps is an interesting offering from NR, and I'd recommend it for those who could use an aerobic boost and who prefer a capsule product to a powder one. I personally, preferred having PeakO2 already included in my intra-workout, so I probably wouldn't buy this product, but I could see myself recommending it to others.
Thanks for letting me try it out.
IntroductionWhen I saw this product, I was intrigued as I like all natural herbs and ingredients. When I read the research and claims, I wanted to give Cordyceps 500 by Nature Restore as this is an ingredient used for a long time in China for general well being, improved health, and male libido. I was waiting to see what benefits this would provide, but I felt nothing.
Ingredient ProfileOne ingredient, 500 mg of Cordyceps, which is a natural fungus. This extract in particular is supposed to be a. Dry pure form and from a great source in Tibet. Momo did a great breakdown of Cordyceps in his review, and I'd refer to his review for an even better breakdown. This also worked great for him so maybe I'm an outlier! I have no reason to question the quality of this ingredient, as the other product from this company I tried in sleep boost was amazing.
Taste/Mixability/DosingNo taste with the veggie caps, which is good because the picture on the label of the Cordyceps looks very scary and nasty. So, good job there. Dosing is 3 caps a day. I took this spread throughout the day at first, hit after awhile of feeling nothing I started to take 3 all at once to see if that would. Unfortunately still nothing ther, it still pretty easy to take all the same.
EffectivenessAs I've mentioned throughout the review already, I just didn't feel anything. I was looking for the claims of a better sense of well being, general health improvement, and boost in libido. Now, I never got sick or anything while taking this, but I did not feel an improvement in any way. I didn't feel any libido enhancement either. Pretty disappointing. Now Momo saw a lot of great benefits including breathing, and he's a great quality reviewer so this may work for you too, unfortunately this just wasn't the case for me. Body composition, diet, etc etc could all play a part in the effectiveness of any product for a person so you always have to take this into account.
ValueValue overall is not bad as this only costs $19 for a month supply. Value struggles for me though as I didn't feel anything. There are other similar 500 mg Cordyceps supplements for cheaper around $12, although I do believe this extract is more premium.
ConclusionJust didn't work for me. I think the company is legit and the ingredient has some good research, but I just didn't feel anything.
As we age, we all look for those supplements to help us get either that edge or assist in our body's ability to stay health. I am a firm believer that, there are natural plants and other organisms on this planet, which are designed to help the human body; some good and some bad. When Cordyceps 500 came up for the Troopers, I was intrigued by it, since I have not heard of this supplement before. So I said "what the heck, let me give it a try."
Ingredient ProfileThe profile on this is just one ingredient, 500 mg of Cordyceps. Nature Restore's claims for this product is the following:
I found Cordyceps 500 to be a very interesting supplement, this has been used in China for over 2500 years. Now, for those who do not like bugs, then you may want to not read this sections. Cordyceps is a fungus that lives on certain caterpillars in certain high mountain regions of China. Yup, it's fungus from a bug, but does it work? Based on the research I did before taking Cordyceps 500, I found the following benefits:
Can treat chronic bronchitis
Night time urination
Male sexual problems
I unfortunately, I was not able to get any blood work to check my cholesterol levels before and after taking Cordyceps 500; however, based on the effects I had, I knew there was a physiological effect in my body.
Taste - these are capsules so you pop them and there is no after taste
Mix - thing to mix
Dose - Nature Restore recommend 3 capsule a day, there are 90 caps, so you will get 30 days out one bottle. I did take 3 capsule in the following manner: 1 in the am, 1 in the afternoon, and 1 in the evening.
EffectivenessWhen I took my initial dose, which was one capsule, I wanted to make sure I would feel before taking 3. Good thing I did, within 10 min of taking one capsule, I got an odd sensation like my eyes wanted to get sucked into my head; however, I did notice that my nasal passageway started to clear up, I suffer from allergies. By the 3rd day, I notice that odd sensation to go away and by the time I was taking 3 capsules.
While on Cordyceps 500, I noticed some of the benefits I mentioned above; on cardio days, I found myself being able to breathe better, considering due to my allergies, I always have to be blowing my nose. In addition, by the 2nd week, this is where I really started to feel Cordyceps 500 work for me I found my endurance going up on cardio days and was able to conduct hit training on the treadmill and on the inside track at my son's school for a longer period of time. During the day, I would feel good despite the crazy work that I do. Furthermore, I did have one effect on Cordyceps 500 that was nice, but at times, embarrassing; I would get random hard-ons as I was walking and while just sitting on the couch watching TV with the wife, which she said "Wow, you must be happy to see me."
Value - for a 30 day supply, this is priced nice at $19.00, which you can find it on Amazon or Nature Restore's website. There are many companies that have similar Cordyceps supplements, which are priced at $15.00 to $25.00.