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What is Peak02? Uses, Benefits, and More!

Posted July 12, 2022

If we go back over a billion years ago, before there were plants and animals, fungi were here first. In fact, research shows the animal and fungi kingdoms actually come from the same evolutionary branch, perhaps revealing why mushrooms inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, just like humans.

It’s thought that 40% of the diet of ancient primates was derived from fungi, and a strong evolutionary connection may be a reason why mushrooms provide so many potential health benefits. Today, more research is uncovering the many health benefits of this superfood.

Mushrooms are an absolute nutritional powerhouse that support health via immune, inflammatory and antioxidant support. Many are also considered adaptogens, which are a specific type of functional medicine that increases the body’s resistance to biological, physical, and chemical stress. Some mushroom options provide an abundance of nutrients or a high amount of antioxidants, while others offer energetic experiences or improve mood. Supplements including mushroom powders, capsules and tinctures have been gaining more popularity as the science behind their benefits is becoming more widely known.

One specific supplement, Peak02®, is a trademarked ingredient with proven studies showing increases in strength, energy, and performance. It contains 6 adaptogenic mushrooms (Cordyceps, Reishi, King Trumpet, Shiitake, Lion’s Mane, and Turkey Tail), which all have powerful recovery and restorative effects on the body. From a physical perspective, they help promote blood transport and deliver higher amounts of oxygen during stressful events - like long training sessions - so we can push ourselves longer without breaking down or fatiguing. Other benefits include:

  • Boost in relative peak power output (RPP)
  • Improved endurance
  • Attenuated physical and mental stress
  • Increased time to exhaustion (TTE)
  • Increased VO2 max
  • Increased exercise capacity
  • Improved exercise economy
  • Increased peak strength
  • Improved ventilatory threshold (VT)
  • Decreased recovery time

One study at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill observed a group 28 male and female athletes ranging from the ages of 18 to 35 to measure the performance benefits of Peak02 supplementation. The 28 UNC athletes underwent 6 minutes of high-intensity cycling and a 3 minute bicycle sprint to determine a baseline. After a week of supplementing a portion of the group with 1.3 grams of Peak02 per day, they improved their time to exhaustion by 70 seconds. The placebo group only recorded a 5 second improvement, so these results trended toward significance.

There is no question that adaptogenic mushrooms can have a profound impact on performance. A special formula in VEDGE™ Creatine+ includes not only Peak02, but also the highest grade creatine monohydrate available. Creatine is clinically proven to enhance our training capacity and help create Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which ultimately becomes energy. It’s one of the most well-researched nutritional supplements on the market and has been shown to improve power and strength, so pairing together with Peak02 can be a game changer for those striving to boost performance across a wide spectrum of athletic activities.

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By Vedge Nutrition

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