8 Of The Best Herbal Supplements To Try
BEST FOR TRAINING: Turmeric
Research shows that turmeric, a potent anti-inflammatory, may help with recovery if you work out regularly, easing joint and muscle pain as well as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). By encouraging a healthy flow of blood to the joints, it’s a great choice if you lead an active lifestyle.
BEST FOR STRESS: Magnesium
Magnesium is a vital mineral when it comes to rest and relaxation. It’s involved in hundreds of reactions in the body, and has a calming effect on muscles and nerves, so is super useful if your mind feels frazzled. Green leafy vegetables, seeds and quinoa are all rich in magnesium, but if you don’t eat a lot of these foods, a supplement is well worth taking to increase your levels.
BEST FOR LIBIDO: Ashwagandha
One of the most common reasons for a declining sex drive is stress. And it’s a vicious cycle: when you’re stressed, you produce less testosterone (the sex hormone). Research shows ashwagandha, a type of adaptogen (edible herbs that help your body adapt to stress) can help reduce feelings of anxiety. Studies also show ashwagandha may improve sperm mobility, sperm count and erectile dysfunction.
BEST FOR IMMUNITY: Medicinal Mushrooms
Medicinal mushrooms – such as reishi, maitake and shiitake – are rich in beta-glucans, a powerful form of soluble fibre renowned for their profound effect on inflammation and the immune system. They are best taken long-term to improve overall health but can be used short-term when you come down with a cold or the flu. When it comes to supplements, research suggests it’s best to take a combined formula containing different mushroom extracts for optimal immune resilience.
BEST FOR WEIGHT CONTROL: Spirulina
Spirulina is a nutrient-rich microalgae that has been shown to improve blood glucose levels and cholesterol. Due to its high concentration of protein and chlorophyll, it also contributes to boosting energy and stamina. When taking spirulina, it’s recommended to build the dosage gradually – start with a couple of tablets daily, building up to 3g daily.
BEST FOR BRAIN HEALTH: Brahmi
Brahmi is a traditional Ayurvedic herb that has long been used to improve brain function, strengthen memory and promote longevity. It balances key neurotransmitters in the brain and provides antioxidant neuroprotection.
BEST FOR A HANGOVER: Milk Thistle
The body is well equipped to break down alcohol, but milk thistle can help protect the liver from the toxins associated with excessive alcohol consumption. Milk thistle contains a substance called silymarin, which boosts antioxidant and anti-inflammatory levels, protecting and regenerating liver cells.
BEST FOR SLEEP: Valerian
Concentrated with valerian and nutmeg, both of which have gentle sedative properties to relax the nervous system, Pukka’s Night Time is a great choice if you struggle with insomnia. Research suggests valerian helps you fall asleep faster and encourages an undisturbed sleep. It also contains ashwagandha and gotu kola to ease an agitated and racing mind. Take one or two capsules around half an hour before going to bed.
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