Best natural supplements: THESE herbs could help fatigue, diabetes, stress and cholesterol
We are well-acquainted with the likes of vitamin D, iron and magnesium, but there’s a new group of supplements on the block - adaptogens.
Derived from herbs and roots, they are natural compounds said to have a range of health benefits.
These include reduced stress and less fatigue - and there is evidence that they could also help symptoms of diabetes and high cholesterol.
It is little wonder they have long been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, and have gained a host celebrity fans, including Gwyneth Paltrow.
Certain herbs were singled out for their unique ability to ‘adapt’ their function according to the specific needs of our bodies and these became known as adaptogens.
There are many different types, including ashwagandha, ginseng, reishi, licorice root, holy basil, rhodiola, maca and astragalus.
“In the days of Robin Hood and his band of merry men, when modern medicine was a thing of the future, people turned to wild plants and herbs – as medicine - during times of illness,” explained Jeraldine Curran, nutritionist (thefoodnutritionist.co.uk).
“Certain herbs were singled out for their unique ability to ‘adapt’ their function according to the specific needs of our bodies and these became known as adaptogens.
“Adaptogens are a unique group of herbs that help improve health by working with the body’s adrenal glands, our body’s stress response system, to help reduce stress levels along with helping to regulate most of our bodies processes.”
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