Metabolism is the word which describes the chemical reactions that occur in the cells of living organisms (including the human body) in order to sustain life. Metabolism is also known as the chemical reactions which occur in humans, to include the acts of digestion and the transport of substances between different cells.
Usually divided into two distinct categories, catabolism breaks down organic matter to harvest energy in cellular respiration, while anabolism uses energy to construct the components of cells such as nucleic acids and proteins.
Metabolic pathways is the term used to describe the chemical reactions of metabolism in which a chemical is transformed into another chemical by a sequence of enzymes. Metabolism requires enzymes because they allow organisms to create reactions that require energy and will not occur naturally by themselves. Enzymes therefore act as catalysts to allow these reactions to occur quickly and efficiently. Enzymes are also an integral part of the regulation of these metabolic pathways as the cells signal changes in their environment.
Animals, plants and microbes are made up of three classes of molecules: amino acids, carbohydrates and lipids (or fats). Metabolic reactions typically focus on breaking down these molecules to use them as an energy source in the digestion and use of the food we ingest.
Thus, the human body acquires the energy it needs from food through the act of metabolism, or the chemical reactions that occur in the body’s cells to convert the fuel found in food into the energy the body needs to perform every bodily function.
Thousands of metabolic reactions happen simultaneously to maintain healthy cells. When metabolism is not functioning correctly, the body becomes ill and when metabolism stops, the body dies.
Cordyceps fungus has long been known to relieve fatigue in humans, a condition which occurs when the body’s supply of energy is inadequate. A series of research studies involving elderly individuals and the Cordyceps fungus showed that the fungus helped in improving cases of extreme fatigue. The Cordyceps also aided this test group in memory and cognitive capacities, tolerance to cold and improved their sex drives. After taking Cordyceps for one month, more than 90% of the test group had greatly reduced levels of fatigue.
Another study in which healthy individuals of approximately 65 years of age were given Cordyceps showed the group had increased energy levels and improved oxygen capacities.
Because Cordyceps is an all natural product it can typically be used in conjunction with most medications prescribed by a physician, making it a particularly useful treatment as a supplement to conventional medicine