Herbs For Healthy Living!

Herbs For Healthy Living!

“What doesn’t bend breaks,” as the saying goes, and the degree to which we are expected to “bend” is ever increasing in today's society.

Our ability to stay focused, and calm is of the essence in our fast-paced, outcome-oriented culture. Although energy drinks and other stimulants offer quick fixes, their effects are not only short-lived, but also potentially harmful to health.

Fortunately, an entire class of herbs may offer us stress-coping support as well as a sustainable energy boost. In addition to eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep, these plants – aptly named adaptogens for their ability to help the body adapt to stress – can help us “bend” more deeply & gracefully.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is becoming one of the most popular adaptogenic herbs & has been shown to support both the brain and the body’s ability to deal with stress.
Although it has an energizing effect, it possesses a more calming action than other adaptogens.
This makes it useful for anxiety, stress-induced insomnia and nervous exhaustion. As an anti-proliferative herb it’s been used in the treatment of cancer.
Ashwagandha contains a significant amount of iron supporting its benefit in treating iron deficient anemia.

In a double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of adults experiencing chronic stress, supplementation with ashwagandha significantly reduced perceived stress levels, decreased food cravings, and improved happiness, while also reducing objective markers like cortisol levels and weight.

Stress also is a major contributor to gastric ulcers, which ashwagandha has been shown to help prevent.
Stress and disturbed sleep often go hand-in-hand, and thankfully ashwagandha may help with both.

Stress can also impact sexual function, and ashwagandha seems to help with that too: the herb was shown in one study to support sexual function in females ages 21 to 50, improving not only arousal, but also sexual satisfaction. In men, ashwagandha has been shown in a variety of studies to improve sexual function and markers of fertility, increasing testosterone levels, sperm count and motility, and reducing oxidative stress, a contributor to infertility.

Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)

Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) is an herb that has undergone serious scientific study and has been shown to have a significant benefit for the nervous system.
Helping to calm anxiety and aid with insomnia, Rhodiola also enhances alertness and improves memory. The herb protects the cardiopulmonary system influencing catecholamine levels that affect the heart. It works to prevent damage to the heart from stress induced arrhythmias and strengthens the heart muscle.
Rhodiola acts on the body to prevent injury from excessive physical training and balances blood sugar.

Also known as golden root, rhodiola is commonly used in Russia and the Scandinavian countries where it grows. Like other adaptogens, rhodiola has been shown to fight fatigue, but is especially helpful in helping with the fatigue specifically associated with stress as well as with chronic fatigue.

In male students experiencing the stress of examinations, rhodiola was shown to increase learning capacity, reduce mental fatigue, and decrease situational anxiety.
Similar results were also reported in a study of military cadets, with improvements in mental capacity, coordination, physical work capacity, and general wellbeing.

In cases of physical stress, rhodiola has been shown in animal studies to reduce the risk of drug-induced arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat) and to prevent stress-induced damage to the heart muscle. It has further been shown in humans to enhance performance during endurance exercise such as running.

In male students experiencing the stress of examinations, rhodiola was shown to increase learning capacity, reduce mental fatigue, and decrease situational anxiety.

In a study of over 100 people with life- and work-related stress, daily rhodiola supplementation yielded significant improvements in energy and mood after a mere three days, with improvements continuing throughout the four-week study.

In another study focusing on burnout in 118 participants, rhodiola was shown to lower stress levels and alleviate symptoms of depression.

Several studies have suggested rhodiola’s likely impact on depression comes from its effects on neurotransmitters.
In one clinical trial, rhodiola was shown to help not only with depression, but also with insomnia and emotional stability.
Other studies suggest it also may help with self-esteem. Because rhodiola may impact the activity of neurotransmitters, in particular serotonin, use in combination with medications for depression should only be done under the guidance of a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

Holy Basil

Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) is another herb that has been extensively studied. Besides the normal adaptogen properties holy basil can protect against the damaging effects of ionizing radiation. It reduces cortisol levels when elevated by stress and lowers blood sugar in type 2-diabetes.
With its neuroprotective properties it enhances circulation to the brain helping with memory and foggy thinking. Combined with ginkgo, holy basil is indicated for mental cloudiness and poor memory during the menopausal transition.

These herbs are representative of the more commonly used adaptogenic herbs. In response to perceived stress, adaptogens balance the HPA axis as well as influence other body systems including the immune, neurologic and reproductive systems. Research shows adaptogens also have antioxidant activity, protecting the body from oxidative stress and free radical formation.

These herbs aid in normalizing many physiologic mechanisms such as regulating blood pressure,blood sugar, cellular energy production and immune alterations in the day-to-day management of stress.

In animals and humans, this herb has also been shown to help normalize blood sugar balance, cholesterol levels, and reduce blood pressure, thereby countering metabolic stress.

Saba Adaptogens

Saba Adaptogens contains the same adaptogenic formula found in Prime One but in a super concentrated form. Taken daily under the tongue, this amazing product can provide instant improved physical and mental performance and relief from stress and anxiety.

Prime One -the unique herbal formula made from mixed fruit that delivers significant energy, superior vitality and maximum strength. This naturally sourced formula combats stress of all forms and gives you the zest for life you've been searching for - more energy, better sleep, improved focus, less tension & anxiety and an increased overall good mood & support for weight loss.

Adaptogens provide immune support. They help the body increase the number of T-cells that boost immune resistance, access additional stamina and endurance, speed up recovery from physical activity, protect vital organs from stress, increase physical and mental work capacity, accelerate the rehabilitative processes, increase the functional reserves of the cardiovascular system, stimulate normal biosynthesis of protein and nucleic acids, stress relief, immune support and inhibit free-radical oxidation.

Considered the number one product for stress relief in the world, Prime One was adaptogenically developed and tested for 45 years by Dr. Israel I. Brekhman and a team of Russian scientists in the former Soviet Union at an estimated cost of $1,000,000,000.

Since then 1,200 scientists in more than 3,000 clinical studies have substantiated the effectiveness of Prime One on stress relief in tens of thousands of Russian citizens.
Prime One has even been tested for use by children as well as adults.

Saba Adaptogens is the perfect travel size. Keep it in your purse, briefcase, pocket or anywhere for immediate results.

Herbs from the family of adaptogens, known for their ability to help us cope with stress and life’s challenges, are found worldwide. This speaks not only to the commonality of stress, but also perhaps to nature’s interest in helping deal with it, no matter where in the world we may find ourselves.

So rather than letting stress get the best of you, with nerves running ragged and sleep compromised, consider trying these natural supportive options. Because who can’t use a little support to help keep the mood in check and support healthy sleep!! :-)

Source: Nutrition In Focus
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