The science behind Sporing

Let’s take you through the fascinating findings and advancements
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Cordyceps increases VO2 max, which represents maximum oxygen consumption during intense physical activity; it’s an excellent indicator for endurance and heart health. Cordyceps also has a strong anti-fatigue effect which increases time to exhaustion and shortens recovery time, an effect that builds up with continued use.

Guarana provides an immediate energy boost. It also has an anti-fatigue effect, by reducing perceived exertion and allowing for an increased capacity to take on physical stress.

Ashwagandha reduces stress by lowering serum cortisol levels. Trials have shown Ashwagandha to reduce muscle damage, post-exercise, by stabilizing serum creatine kinase.


Evidence related to stamina, endurance, pulmonary activity etc:
Cordyceps militaris improves tolerance to high intensity exercise after acute and chronic supplementation.

This is a trial showing significant results for improvements in VO2max, total time to exhaustion and ventilatory threshold in 3 weeks. A higher VO2max indicates the level of oxygen consumption by the body and is experienced as higher stamina and endurance. Total time to exhaustion is the time it takes for the body to completely exhaust where that task can no longer be performed (cycling, sport, workout etc.). Cordyceps helps to increase that time allowing for longer and sustained energy and resistance to fatigue. Increase in ventilatory threshold essentially means that a person can go longer before the body begins to demand excess oxygen, therefore delaying the buildup of lactic acid. This allows for more endurance.

Randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial and assessment  of fermentation product of Cordyceps sinensis (Cs-4) in enhancing aerobic capacity and respiratory function of the healthy elderly volunteers.

A similar trial with healthy, but elderly individuals gave significant results as well. Improvement in VO2max and anaerobic threshold (similar to ventilatory threshold) after 6 weeks of administration as compared to placebo.

Chronic supplementation of a mushroom blend on oxygen kinetics, peak power, and time to exhaustion.

This trial was with less number of participants but with a double-blind placebo control, indicating a significant increase in VO2max and increase in Time to Exhaustion.

Herbal Medicine Cordyceps sinensis Improves Health-Related Quality of Life in Moderate-to-Severe Asthma.

Cordyceps sinensis improved the quality of life of the patients by reducing asthma-related symptoms and asthma onset frequency and severity, while it significantly attenuated asthma- induced inflammation at the 3-month intervention period, as demonstrated by decreased expression of inflammatory biomarkers.

Some prospective studies on mechanism of action:

Effects of Cordyceps sinensis, Cordyceps militaris and their isolated compounds on ion transport in Calu- 3 human airway epithelial cells.

Cordyceps Extracts and the Major Ingredient, Cordycepin: Possible Cellular Mechanisms of Their Therapeutic Effects on Respiratory Disease.

Similar results in mouse models:

Studies on the Antifatigue Activities of Cordyceps militaris Fruit Body Extract in Mouse Model.

Evaluation of anti-fatigue property of the extruded product of cereal grains mixed with Cordyceps militaris on mice.

Effect of Polysaccharide from Cordyceps militaris (Ascomycetes) on Physical Fatigue Induced by Forced Swimming.


Guarana primarily helps to reduce fatigue. The effect can feel like a boost.

Guarana (Paullinia cupana) presents a safe and effective anti-fatigue profile in patients with chronic kidney disease: A randomized, double-blind, three-arm, controlled clinical trial.

Guarana helped to decrease fatigue and uplift mood/energy in these patients. The Effects of Supplementation with a Vitamin and Mineral Complex with Guaraná Prior to Fasted Exercise on Affect, Exertion, Cognitive Performance, and Substrate Metabolism: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

This study found the participants that consumed Guarana reported a small but significant reduction in Ratings of Perceived Exertion. This further indicated an anti-fatigue effect, here characterized as mental fatigue.

Guarana (Paullinia cupana) improves fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing systemic chemotherapy.

Significant reduction in fatigue indicating it to be a good candidate for short term treatment from fatigue related to chemotherapy.


The primary action of Ashwagandha is stress reduction and anxiolytic. It reduces inflammation and overall stress, which leads to better recovery and overall vitality. There is some evidence to suggest that it may help in muscle growth and endurance as well.

Adaptogenic and Anxiolytic Effects of Ashwagandha Root Extract in Healthy Adults: A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Clinical Study.

This trial showed significant reduction in serum cortisol (reduced stress) and scores on the Perceived Stress Scale.

An investigation into the stress-relieving and pharmacological actions of an ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) extract.

This is another randomized placebo controlled trial showing significant reductions in anxiety scores, and significant reductions in cortisol as compared to placebo. A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults.

On day 60, significant reductions in all measures of stress were recorded. Similarly, significant reduction in serum cortisol was also recorded. Effects of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) and Terminalia arjuna (Arjuna) on physical performance and cardiorespiratory endurance in healthy young adults.

Examining the effect of Withania somnifera supplementation on muscle strength and recovery: a randomized controlled trial.

These two trials show Ashwagandha having a significant effect on muscle growth as a result of resistance training and increase in overall power, speed and VO2max.