The way we lead our lives these days, leaves many of us exhausted, and constantly looking for ways to bolster our energy levels. Whilst we need to make sure we get plenty of sleep, and eat well balance diets, there are also supplements, and herbs which can also help us restore our energy levels. Most of us think of herbs as food accessories that add a dash of flavour, but they too can bolster your energy.
Below are 5 herbs that may help with energy levels according to scientific research.
Bacopa is a plant which grows in wet marshy areas. Bacopa contains powerful antioxidants, antioxidants help protect
against cell damage caused by free radicals, and research suggests that damage caused by free radicals is linked to many chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Bacopa is used in Ayurveda medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including anxiety, insomnia and memory issues. Studies show that Bacopa boosts brain function and alertness.
There are two types of cinnamon – Ceylon Cinnamon (true Cinnamon) and Cassia Cinnamon (the more common variety) I have cinnamon every morning which is added to my hot lemon and ginger drink which I take first thing in the morning. You can also sprinkle it on your porridge, or add it to a smoothie.
Cinnamon is an aromatic condiment which is obtained from the inner bark of a species of trees known as the Cinnamomum. Studies have shown it helps control blood sugar and potentially lowers cholesterol. Reduces the risk of heart disease. It also has powerful effects on health and metabolism.
Echinacea is a herbaceous flowering plant, and originates from the daisy family. Research shows it can help increase the oxygen transport capacity of red blood cells, thereby boosting stamina. Its also been shown to improve immunity blood sugar and anxiety. You can find echinacea as a supplement or a tea.
Eleuthero is a small woody shrub and it is the roots of this shrub which are used. Eleuthero acts as a stimulant, increasing the nervous system function. Research shows it may improve exercise endurance, as well as mental and physical stamina in people with mild fatigue and weakness. Also, known as Siberian ginseng (not actually related to the true ginseng though), the root can be taken as a supplement, sipped as a tea, or added as a liquid extract to juice or hot water.
Maca is an edible herbaceous biennial plant also known as Peruvian ginseng. It is also related to broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale. It seems to have only become popular in recent years. The Maca root has been traditionally used to enhance fertility and sex drive, but also claimed to improve energy and stamina. One study found that consuming maca for 14 days increased cyclists’ speed on a 25-mile bike ride. It is also known to help women alleviating menopausal symptoms, including hot flushes and interrupted sleep. Maca is mostly available in powder form; try adding 1/2 Tbsp to your morning smoothie.
Obviously the best way to stay focused and full of energy is to have a healthy lifestyle, and a good diet, plenty of sleep and avoidance of stress. If you do add any of these herbs to your diet please check with your Dr first as there are many herbs which may interact with common medications.