Herbal Energy Supplements: The Power of Adaptogens*
How to Support Energy Levels with Adaptogenic Herbal Supplements*
Welcome back to our Mushroom Revival Blog! If you are a first timer, we are excited you have stumbled upon our page. This post is going to discuss herbal supplements and how they work to support your overall health.*
The herbs and mushrooms listed below contain adaptogenic properties.* Adaptogens are a classification of plants that have a nonspecific supportive effect on the immune, endocrine, and nervous systems.* Not only do adaptogens support the body’s energy, they also have a normalizing effect, supporting the body’s return to homeostasis and helping to counteract and adapt to adverse effects of normal occasional physical and emotional stress.* Imagine having the energy to cope with the occassional stress in your life and put in the effort or endurance where you’d like. Here are seven herbs and mushrooms to help you do so!*
Herbal Energy Supplements: Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic root used to support our body's natural response to occasional stress, as well as endurance, physical stamina, and immune health.* One study of elite cyclists found that those who took this herb were able to cycle 7% longer than those given a placebo (Shenoy, Shweta, et al). While supporting the body’s energy, Ashwagandha also supports a sense of calm for the nerves, and is used to support energy and concentration.* Traditionally, Ashwagandha is also used as a sexual tonic and aphrodisiac*
Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)
In ancient times, Rhodiola was used to support strength, endurance, immune health, as well as energy and focus.* Rhodiola was a secret “weapon” for the Russians during the Cold War, when it was tested for its potential to support stamina, adaptation to occasional stress and overall performance of soldiers and Olympic athletes.* Later on, Rhodiola became known elsewhere as an herbal supplement used to support physical endurance and support cognitive function, and to manage occasional fatigue and exhaustion related to occasional stress and restlessness.*
Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
Ginseng is known as the “root of immortality” and is widely used in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cultures.* This herbal energy supplement is a general body strengthener. Ginseng supports healthy energy; however, unlike caffeine, it does so while supporting the adrenals.* This root is used for supporting overall strength, energy, and overall athletic performance.
Maca (Lepidium meyenii)
Maca is a root often incorporated into the local diet where it grows naturally, as it is nourishing and helps with overall strength.* Maca powder blends well in smoothies and energy balls. Maca is known to supports energy, as well as mood.* Native to the high Andes Mountains in South America, Maca has traditionally been used as an aphrodisiac.*
Schisandra (Schizandra chinensis)
Schisandra is a uniquely delicious five-flavored berry. Schisandra has a gentler adaptogenic approach to some of the other herbs mentioned.* It is nutritive, known for supporting the immune system, as well as the body’s natural stress response.* By supporting these functions, Schisandra ultimately promotes healthy energy.*
Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris)
Cordyceps—grown organically on our farm at Mushroom Revival—is a powerful mushroom long used by Olympic athletes.* Cordyceps benefits the body’s energy by supporting production of ATP, the currency of molecular energy stored in our cells.* The mushroom can ultimately supports the body’s stamina, sexual vitality, longevity, as well as energy.* Cordyceps can be found in our Daily 10 and Cordyceps tincture blends.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
Reishi, known as the “mushroom of immortality,” has been used in Traditional Chinese Herbalism for centuries to promote the body’s life force (qi).* Reishi is used to support healthy energy and immune health* Reishi is also known to support the liver and kidneys.* Reishi can be found in our Daily 10 blend and Reishi tincture. For more Reishi info, look at this blog post.
Experience the Power of Adaptogenic Mushroom and Herbal Energy Supplements
Adaptogenic mushroom and herbal energy supplements can be used over time to support overall health.* It is always important to include a well-balanced diet, regular exercise, and healthy normal sleep habits with these supplements.* All of these tools can support you in adapting to occasional stress, supporting the health of your immune system, and thinking clearly.* That supports energy and stamina for the things you love to do in life.*
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