In continuing with ProMMAnow.com’s series of product reviews on the ONNIT Labs brand of dietary supplements, this review focuses on Shroom TECH Sport, an “energy supplement” based on the Cordyceps Mushroom.
According to ONNIT the idea behind Shroom-TECH Sport was:
“…to create a supplement that real athletes could take safely every day — even the day of competition. We wanted clean energy, ingredients with a history of use in high-level competition, and general health benefits; we believe we have found it in our exclusive combination of cordyceps sinensis mushroom, adaptogens, antioxidants, and methyl B-12.”
“Shroom TECH Sport battles fatigue with a strategy unlike any other supplement on the market, providing cellular energy through the production of ATP rather than stimulant-based energy, and helping the body to improve oxygen utilization so you can go longer, recover faster, and set a new personal best.”
The first thing I always look at when considering a supplement are the ingredients. Here’s what is in Shroom-TECH Sport:
- Cordyceps Sinensis: Rare mushroom linked to cellular energy & oxygen capacity.
- Cordyceps Super: Potent bio-available extract, magnifying the potency of cordyceps.
- Rhodiola: Natural adaptogen used by Russian olympians. Synergistic with cordyceps.
- Astragalus: Chinese herb, helpful in unlocking the full capability of Cordyceps mushrooms.
- Green Tea Extract: A powerful antioxidant and balanced caffeine source.
- Siberian Ginseng: Potent energy boosting tonic, with millenia of historical use.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid: Very powerful antioxidant, helps restoration of glutathione.
- Magnesium (Chelate): Important for optimal muscle function and hydration.
- Chromium (Picolinate): Helps balancing & maintenance of optimal blood sugar levels.
- Vitamin B-12: Go-to vitamin for athletes powering through extreme fatigue.
I haven’t been a “real athlete” in years. However, like most people there are certain times when I feel drained or I need more energy to get things done. I’ve tried all the 5-Hour Energies, the Red Bulls, the Monsters, the water enhancers, convenience store capsules, etc. And with all of that stuff, what you are getting is stimulant-based energy usually involving obscene amounts of caffeine and/or guarana.
I’m not against caffeine in moderation. In fact, I have two cups of Bulletproof Coffee every morning (with MCT oil and butter or just coconut oil). And because of that, and because I eat a pretty clean diet, I rarely need any extra energy. But those occasions do arise, and when they do, I don’t want to pump myself full of sugar and high doses of stimulants.
I remember one occasion when I drank two 5-Hour Energy drinks within probably a four or five hour time period. The fact that I would even need to do that or want to do that is not good in the first place, but I was overweight and not eating the way I do now. But I did it and I felt like I was going to die. My heart raced, it gave me a headache, I was sweating and yes I had more energy — but it was like a nervous energy I couldn’t escape and I was miserable.
I have felt that same way to a lesser degree with other convenience store energy drinks — the Red Bulls, Monsters, and all that — I never felt like I was doing myself any favors by using that stuff.
The thing I really like about ONNIT’s products is the quality. When you go to their website you can see all the science and research behind their supplements. Seriously. Just take a look at the scientific literature references provided in support of the research that has been done with Cordyceps. Dig into it. It’s significant. And what this means is, you do not have to take ONNIT’s word for what the product does, you can read the research for yourself.
You know what else I like about ONNIT? They have a 90-day money back guarantee. If you try a product and are not satisfied they will refund your money and you don’t even have to return the product. Now that’s cool.
Also, I was so impressed by the results I had received with Alpha Brain, I wanted to take a look at some of their other products and so that led me to try Shroom-TECH Sport.
The research that has been done and the history of use with Cordyceps Sinensis, which is Shroom-TECH Sport’s main ingredient, is pretty fascinating. Just as fascinating is where Cordyceps comes from.
As the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms states:
“The C. sinensis medicinal species, with a long history of use, has only been found growing from the head of one type of subterranean caterpillar, at high altitudes, in the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau. Because of this highly speciﬁc growth environment and restricted geographical distribution, C. sinensis has a long reputation of being the single-most expensive raw material used in Oriental Medicine.”
The Cordyceps Mushroom first gained notoriety in the sports world following the 1993 Beijing Summer Games, when the Chinese broke several world records. After doping tests came back negative, China’s coach revealed their secret as Cordyceps Sinensis.
According to the research and noted on ONNIT’s site:
“Therapeutic applications of Cordyceps and its extracts are hypothesized to be centered primarily on the key effects of increased oxygen utilization, increased cellular ATP production and the stabilization of blood sugar metabolism. The presence of adenosine, cordycepin, and cordycepic acid; polysaccharides; vitamins; and trace elements may be, at least partially, the cause for such effects. An increase in cellular ATP results in an increase in useful energy.”
“This is in contrast to the perceived increase in energy that occurs from the use of CNS stimulants, such as caffeine, ephedrine, and amphetamines, which ultimately results in an energy deficiency. This is a distinct advantage that an ATP focused energy product like Shroom TECH Sport has over other ‘pre workout’ stimulant based formulas. There is a naturally occurring amount of caffeine in the green tea extract found in the formula, guaranteed to be less than 100mg per dose.”
The bottom line is Shroom-TECH Sport works. Like I said, I’m not even an athlete, but one or two capsules now and then whenever I need that extra boost to keep working efficiently is perfect for me and I can feel confident knowing I’m putting something good in my body.
If I’m feeling tired or fatigued and I know I still have considerable more work to get done that requires me to be mentally alert and focused, one capsule easily gives me 2-4 more hours of productivity. At $24.95 per bottle of 30 capsules, Shroom-TECH Sport can easily pay for itself pretty quickly.
If you’re an athlete, your dosage and usage of Shroom-TECH may differ from mine. There are athletes who use it with effectiveness before workouts or competition. You can read their testimonials, along with a complete description of Shroom-TECH Sport’s ingredients and the research behind it at ONNIT.com.
And with ONNIT’s money-back guarantee, what do you have to lose? Nada.
I would make one suggestion. If you decide to try it, you can save about $15 by getting the triple pack. Also, use code: PROMMA for an extra 10% off Shroom-TECH Sport and all of the supplements at ONNIT.com.