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Good health requires plenty of nutritious food, vigorous exercise, and quality sleep. Still, you might not feel at your best, even if these aspects of your life are all on point.
Here are five herbal supplements that can provide improved concentration, energy, and general health when diet and exercise fall short.
Probably most well known as the earthy, somewhat spicy powder that gives certain Indian dishes their brilliant golden hue, turmeric has been used for centuries both in culinary and medicinal applications.
Used as either an herbal supplement or a cooking spice, turmeric offers a profoundly anti-inflammatory effect on the body. The antioxidant curcumin has a powerful effect on mental concentration and focus, as well as cardiovascular health by countering arterial inflammation.
A highly regarded traditional Native American medicine, echinacea has been vigorously studied for its effects on mitigating cold symptoms and duration.
If you’re exposed to a cold or other respiratory virus, a course of echinacea can decrease your chances of developing a cold by over 50%. In addition, it’s been highly correlated with a 1.5-2 day reduction in the duration of colds, the flu, and other upper-respiratory infections.
St. John’s Wort has been extensively studied as an herbal treatment for mild to moderate depression, PMS, dysthymia, and postpartum depression. Taken daily, St. John’s Wort performed statistically higher than placebo in the treatment of PMS (Caning et al, 2010). In addition, it’s considered a valid herbal alternative to traditional SSRI treatment of mild to moderate depression.
With ample evidence that this little herb benefits mental health, it’s definitely one to make room for in your daily routine.
Whether taken in pill form for the sake of convenience or enjoyed via a hot matcha latte, green tea has an enormous amount of well-studied benefits. As an antioxidant, green tea improves circulation to the brain and makes the circulatory system more pliable, reducing inflammation. In addition, it provides a very specific boost to the metabolism via both caffeine and the antioxidant flavonoid catechin, an effect akin to an extra 100 calories burned a day!
Regular old garlic has long been touted as incredibly healthy for your heart, and it does appear that this is the case. Though no effective in lowering LDL cholesterol, evidence points to the fact that it supports cardiac function and lowers blood pressure. In addition, it has a measurable positive effect on immune function and maintaining a stable blood sugar.
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