7. Siberian Ginseng
Not all ginseng is created equal: Siberian ginseng contains different active chemical components than American or Asian ginseng (9). It’s known to prevent colds and flu and to increase energy, longevity, stamina and vitality. Russians typically use it to increase mental alertness and boost quality of life. This ginseng isn’t for everyone so make sure to never administer to children unless under strict medical supervision.
8. Holy Basil
Holy basil isn’t the same as sweet basil, in fact, it’s much more medicinal.
Early research found that taking 500 mg of holy basil leaf extract twice daily after meals for 60 days reduced anxiety and associated stress and depression in people with anxiety.
A preliminary clinical trial using holy basil extract found that taking 400 mg orally in the morning and 800 mg at night for 6 weeks decreased self reported symptoms of stress including forgetfulness, sexual problems, frequency of exhaustion, and sleep problems. (10) It may also be beneficial in improving longevity, diabetes as well as killing cancer.
Maca enhances energy by fighting anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), improve stamina and enhance athletic performance, memory, and fertility.
It can also boost immunity, fight depression and ease homonal imbalance in women (11).
As with any major health decision, it’s important to talk to your doctor and nutritionist as some of these functional and adaptogenic herbs or spices can interact with prescription drug or worsen preexisting condition.