Listen to “Natural Supplements for Energy”.
Leading a healthy lifestyle by getting enough sleep, having a balanced diet, staying active, and practising self-care, is by far the best way to keep your energy levels up. However, supplements can be a great additional tool.
If you’re looking for the best energy supplements, there’s one of two reasons.
- You often feel tired, perhaps chronically fatigued, or
- You want more energy for higher mental and physical performance.
The following natural energy supplements contain ingredients that are scientifically proven to give you the boost of energy you need, without the crash that accompanies sugary and processed alternatives:
Derived from the maidenhair tree, Ginkgo Biloba has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine and is now a common dietary supplement in Western countries. Its effects on cognition, mood, alertness, and memory have been the subject of many studies. By making you more alert and calm, it can increase your sense of energy.
This increasingly popular herb is said to reduce fatigue and enhance stamina and endurance. It’s sometimes called an “adaptogen,” meaning it helps the body cope with mental and physical stress and can boost energy without causing a crash the way sugar does.
Technically a fungus that grows on caterpillars in Tibet (giving it the nickname “caterpillar fungus”), cordyceps is an excellent energy-building mushroom with a long history of use in Chinese medicine. Olympic athletes have used Cordyceps to improve performance.
Cordyceps increases energy without causing jitters and is also great for your immune system. Natural cordyceps are hard to get and can be expensive. However, most supplements are made with cordyceps grown in a laboratory.
Ashwagandha comes from the Ayurvedic tradition. It helps lower cortisol levels and balances thyroid hormones. It also helps cope with stress and depression and might even help to build muscle tone. Its Sanskrit name translates literally to “the smell of a horse,” implying that you can tap into equine vigour and vitality by taking it.
This Peruvian plant was first documented in 1553 and noted for its medicinal properties. Not only is it touted as a natural energy booster, but maca may also improve libido and enhance fertility. It’s best to consume the raw powdered root to preserve the active ingredients. It can have an unpleasant taste, so most people put it in coffee, smoothies, or oatmeal.