Herbs that Support Performance and Recovery from Workouts
Let’s be honest—when you engage in exercise, especially resistance training, you put your body through a lot. Not only does it cause your body some wear and tear, but also drains it of vital nutrients and resources.
There are several herbs that can be very effective at supporting your mind and body—before, during, and after your workouts. We’ll share them with you now.
A lesser-known entry—Eleuthero root, AKA Eleutherococcus senticosus, is an herb that originally hails from Northeastern Asia. Traditionally, it has been used as an adaptogen, long before that term even existed. Eleuthero root was one of the first herbs to be researched and classified as an adaptogen as well.
This powerful herb can help to promote healthy blood sugar levels and also supports your body’s optimal use of glycogen, as well as the high-energy phosphorus compounds ADP and ATP (which provides energy for cellular processes).
Eleuthero root has been used to promote the metabolism of lactic and pyruvic acids, which in turn helps to facilitate energy production. By the way, the buildup of lactic acid is what causes that sore feeling in your muscles while—and after—a workout.
This herb also helps magnesium and vitamin C reach the adrenal glands more efficiently, which then uses those vital micronutrients to manage your body’s stress levels.
Maca root, AKA Lepidium meyenii, has been used as a plant-based performance enhancer since the ancient times of the Inca warriors. It’s an interesting-looking knobby root that resembles a turnip and hails from the highest peaks of the Andes Mountains in Peru. In these extreme environments, the Maca plant truly thrives.
Although Maca grows in locales other than Peru, people prefer to cultivate it from where we know it has been successfully sourced for thousands of years—an environment that's as unique as the herb itself.
Since Maca dissolves easily and has a pleasant taste, this potent herb can quickly be added to your favorite drinks or foods. Mix it into your favorite smoothies, energy biscuits, and more.
Add Maca powder and a pinch of sea salt on dates and you’ve got the perfect fuel during long runs. And the best part about it is that it’s caffeine-free!
Turmeric, AKA Curcuma longa, promotes healthy joint functions and enhances mobility by supporting the body's inflammatory response. Not only that; its antioxidant action can help support your body after a rigorous workout.
Turmeric has been used to support the body's responses to occasional pain and discomfort, and promote normal inflammatory function. One of the primary active components in Turmeric, curcumins, provide the vibrant yellow and rusty colors of the root as well as provide antioxidant support.
These compounds can promote healthy inflammatory responses and help maintain overall health and vitality.
Korean Red Ginseng
Korean Red Ginseng (KRG) is widely believed to have restorative effects on the body. These are chiefly attributed to its chemical attributes. The particular compound that is thought to play a key role in Korean Red Ginseng’s strengthening of the immune system is galacturonic acid.
Galacturonic acid may strengthen the body’s natural immune response by strengthening the activation of macrophages. This, in turn, increases the activation of natural killer and T cells, which are both involved in boosting the body’s immune response.
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