Instead of coffee and other heavily caffeinated drinks, more and more people are turning to natural herbs and supplements to boost their energy. While natural energy bars can sometimes suffice, store bought “energy drinks” often claim to contain natural herbs, popular additives like guarana and kola both have caffeine in them. If you’re looking for a boost but don’t want to compromise your health or get uncomfortable side effects, there are safer, natural herbs that can help.
Found in Asian, Korean, American, and Chinese Ginseng, the active ingredient ginsenoside is found in panax ginseng and used to enhance energy and health. Long used in Traditional Chinese medicine, panax means “all healing,” and can help with tiredness in both mental and physical capacities. Between 100 and 200 mg capsules should be taken once or twice daily for 12 weeks.
Licorice is a good metabolism-boosting option instead of caffeine. It can be used to help the adrenal system recover after a workout, and can also be used as a sweetener. The recommended dose for licorice is 1 to 2 grams containing at least 4 percent glycyrrhizin, taken up to twice daily for 6 weeks. Licorice is not recommended for extended use or for those with liver or heart disease, hypertension, and pregnant women.
Studies have shown schisandra not only helps reduce fatigue, it may improve endurance and build strength, making it useful for athletes, rather than taking a supplement with caffeine. Taken in a capsule form, the recommended dose is 400 to 500 mg, two to three times a day.