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Top 12 Herbs to Give You Energy All Day Long
you feeling constantly tired? Listless? Are you worn out by 3 or 4 PM? You could always turn to coffee or energy drinks but those are all short term solutions. Coffee and energy drinks only give you sugar and chemical additives that aren’t healthy, and they won’t get you more than two or three hours further down the road.
Why not try natural means of boosting your energy levels? There are plenty of herbs from Mother Nature that will boost your energy levels on a cellular level and that energy will last from sunup to sundown. Keep reading for some of the best herbs known to man that will turn you from couch potato to marathon champion. Well, ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but you will absolutely notice the difference in your energy levels after consuming one of the following for at least a 30 day period.
1. Gingko Biloba
Gingko is great not only for energy but as an effective memory aid. Gingko biloba improves blood flow and oxygen to the brain. A Swiss study discovered that extracts from gingko biloba improves the mitochondrial activity in the brain while reducing oxidative stress, which can slow Alzheimer’s disease. Gingko is well known for improving energy levels for people of all ages.
2. Green Tea
Like ginseng, green tea is loaded with energy boosting effects. Studies show that as well as having anti-cancer compounds, the powerful antioxidants in green tea can stop premature aging, which can give you youthful like energy. Green tea does contain caffeine, but unlike coffee, it has antibacterial compounds that fight infection. Your energy won’t come so much from the caffeine, but from the antioxidant power this tea has. If you consume matcha green tea, you can get even more benefits from the nutritional content of the solids in the tea leave themselves. Always brew green tea fresh as the stuff they sell in cans and bottles has been so processed that it has almost no nutritional content or health benefits.
3. Holy Basil
Holy basil (ocimum tenuiflorum) has been greatly studied and has been found to be equivalent to many of our modern day over the counter pain killers. Holy basil is used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine and has been used to stop headaches, colds, inflammation, as well as improve energy levels. Recent studies show that it contains strong antioxidants and that it can reduce cholesterol levels as well as blood sugar levels.
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