The warmer months are the perfect time to up your outdoor exercise game. Running, biking, hiking... there's no end to the activities and challenges you can take on. But as any athlete knows, fueling your performance is crucial – no matter your level. Whether you're a weekend amateur or dedicated marathoner, adding medicinal herbs to your regimen can upgrade your workout, support performance, and speed recovery. Read on for our top herbal recommendations for athletes.
Also known as eleuthero, Siberian ginseng is a popular stress-busting adaptogen. It helps adapt to a variety of stressors: namely mental, environmental, and physical, while improving performance after periods of exertion. Siberian ginseng boosts athletic performance, acts as a general tonic, and supports the immune system, which makes it a perfect fit for athletes. Try it in tincture form, 1.5-3 ml three times daily.
A nutritional powerhouse from the Peruvian Andes, maca is a time-tested performance enhancer. Use it to supply essential vitamins and minerals, to boost energy and stamina, and beat stress (thanks to its adaptogenic properties). Maca also helps encourage a healthy libido and immune system. Try it as a powder added to your shakes and smoothies, or in tincture form, 4-6 ml twice daily.
The golden spice turmeric supports joint health, helps fight inflammation, and lowers post-workout oxidative stress thanks to its antioxidant action. A great herbal pick for athletes, turmeric also promotes liver health and acts as a beneficial digestive. Add it to foods or take it as a tincture, 1-2 ml four times daily.
Arnica is used externally (applied on the skin) to soothe sore muscles and relieve sprains. Anti-inflammatory arnica is extremely useful for athletes in preparations like our Kinomai Restoraction Cream, an analgesic blend designed for soft tissue injuries arising from sports and other vigorous activity. Blending arnica oil, MSM, along with beneficial herbal extracts like St. John's Wort, cayenne, lobelia, and turmeric, Kinomai Restoraction Cream with arnica is rubbed or massaged into the skin on the affected area 3 to 4 times daily.
Adaptogens rank high on the athlete's herb list. Other plant-powered picks include ashwagandha, rhodiola, schisandra, and the medicinal mushroom cordyceps. Lose the sugary sports drinks and load up on herb power instead!
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