[custom_frame_center shadow=”on”]natural energy booster energetic family[/custom_frame_center] Are you too tired to get out of bed in the morning? Do your energy levels plummet mid-afternoon? Is your brain fuzzy with fatigue? Try these natural energy boosters to restore your mojo.

Fatigue, doctors tell us, is one of the most common conditions patients complain about. And everyone bustling through their busy lives has experienced those periods of fatigue, when it’s all you can do to creep out of bed and head for the coffee pot.

Well, although coffee is certainly an energy booster, and more, its reviving effects are short-lived and too much of it can bring other problems such as sleeplessness. Instead, researchers say, the answer to fatigue lies in nature. ‘Nature offers many energy enhancers,’ says clinical nutritionist and doctor of traditional natural medicine Michelle Schoffro Cook on the Care2 Healthy Living website. She listed the best natural energy boosters.

1. Siberian Ginseng

Siberian ginseng originates, as its name suggests, in Siberia. Used medicinally for at least two thousand years, this adaptogen (which works to normalise body functions) inhibits the adrenal stress response. It also stimulates the immune system to fend off the effects of stress and exhaustion, and is an effective energy booster. Siberian ginseng helps several immune system components – B and T cells – to fight viral infections such as chronic fatigue syndrome. It helps the liver to detoxify harmful toxins, including chemotherapy agents and radiation. Athletes around the world use extracts of the herb when training to boost their performance and their immune system.

[NOTE: Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is not the same as Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), although both have similar qualities.] Flora Force Siberian Ginseng is a good source of this useful herb; find it at http://www.floraforce.co.za/products/siberian-ginseng-capsules/

2. Bee Pollen

Bee pollen’s potency as a ‘source of perpetual youth’ is described in many of the world’s greatest books, from the Talmud, Bible and Koran to the scrolls of Ancient Greece and Rome, the Orient, Russia and the Middle East. More recently, researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center discovered that bee pollen even has anti-cancer properties. According to US natural health practitioner Dr Joseph Mercola, ‘Bee pollen contains all the essential components of life… [it] corrects the deficient or unbalanced nutrition common in the customs of our present-day civilisation.’ Bee pollen improves strength and is an energy booster too. According to Mercola, ‘The British Sports Council recorded increases in strength of as high as 40 to 50 percent in those [athletes] taking bee pollen regularly.’

Bee pollen contains no fewer than 22 amino acids and 18 enzymes (to aid digestion and other bodily functions), 27 minerals and at least 16 vitamins, natural antibiotic agents, glucosides (sources of energy) and plant hormones.

3. Royal Jelly

Honeybees secrete royal jelly to feed larvae and the adult queen. Royal jelly is brimming with B-complex and other vitamins as well as minerals, hormones, enzymes, amino acids and natural antibacterial and antibiotic compounds. In humans, it is used to treat bronchial asthma and hayfever, pancreatitis, liver disease, insomnia, stomach ulcers, kidney disease, bone fractures and skin disorders. It also stimulates the immune system and is an energy booster.

4. Spirulina

Used by the the Aztec people as a major food source until the 16th century, spirulina is a blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids (anti-oxidants that can help protect cells from damage). Its nutrient content includes B-complex vitamins (including the so-called ‘energy vitamin’, B12), beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium and gamma linolenic acid. Spirulina’s green colour may seem a bit alarming, but it’s caused by chlorophyll, which has blood purification properties. And, of course, it is an excellent energy booster.

5. Gotu Kola

Gotu is one of the primary herbs recommended as a nerve tonic to alleviate fatigue and depression without the stimulating effects of caffeine. Actually, gotu kola helps improve sleep at night. And, as we all know, a good night’s sleep is the perfect energy booster. Try Flora Force Gotu Kola capsules at www.floraforce.co.za/products/gotu-kola-capsules/

6. Cayenne

Cayenne works to boost energy by improving circulation. It also strengthens the heart and blood vessels, improves digestion and helps reduce pain and inflammation. That’s bound to make you feel more alive! Another bonus of cayenne is its ability to help ward off colds, sinus infections and sore throats. Flora Force Cayenne and Turmerynne capsules are great sources. www.floraforce.co.za/products/cayenne-capsules/ or www.floraforce.co.za/products/turmerynne-capsules/

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NOTE: As with all herbal medicines, it is best to consult your healthcare professional prior to starting any herbal or nutritional supplements.
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Acknowledgements & Photo credits

Article compiled for Flora Force by Judy Beyer.

References

  1. Cook, M.S. Seven natural energy boosters. www.care2.com/greenliving/7-natural-energy-boosters.html/1
  2. Mercola, J. The use of bee pollen as a superfood. www.mercola.com/article/diet/bee_pollen.htm
  3. Morita, H. et al. Effect of royal jelly ingestion for six months on healthy volunteers. Nutrition Journal 2012, 11:77 doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-77. www.nutritionj.com/content/11/1/77

Photos

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