Is it a period of particular physical and mental stress and fatigue? It happens to everyone. You get up in the morning and you are already tired. As time goes, the symptoms of stress and psychophysical fatigue give no respite and the energies seem to abandon us. So what should we do, go back to bed?
Of course not! There are some plant extracts that, with their adaptogenic power, are effective and safe natural remedies to leave psychophysical fatigue behind because they contribute to:
- Improve the body's response to stress.
- Promote full physical and mental recovery.
- Tackle states of physical fatigue, for example during training for competitive training. Prolonged fatigue can, in fact, compromise recovery times exposing athletes to the risk of trauma and weakening of the immune system, thus affecting performance.
Let's take a closer look at these bioactive elements which, as we will see, are very useful for athletes and, when taken together as a supplement, they are able to naturally counteract the symptoms of mental and physical fatigue and the high levels of cortisol in the body.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), in particular, the patent called Ashwagandha KSM-66®, which is the best version on the market of this extraordinary adaptogen, brings clinically proven benefits to the health of the fatigued organism.
Here are the main anti-stress properties of the"Indian ginseng":
- Promotes the feeling of greater energy and relax.
- It makes you more resistant to fatigue, both physical and mental one.
- Increases mental clarity, concentration, memory.
- Helps the body respond effectively to stress.
A real "adaptogen-cognitive weapon" stolen from Ayurvedic medicine, the Ashwagandha KSM-66® is particularly valuable for athletes under stress because it helps manage anxiety, which often assails agonists at the approach of a race, favoring greater resistance to muscle fatigue and contributing to the body's recovery processes.
2. RHODIOLA ROSEA
Rhodiola (Rhodiola Rosea) is one of the plants with adaptogenic properties most used in nutraceutical supplements. Its ability to improve the body's resistance to stress of any origin makes Rhodiola Rosea a real cure-all, especially for athletes stressed by a high workload and, therefore, at risk of overtraining, trauma, and immune system inefficiency.
Here are the beneficial properties of Rhodiola for sportsmen:
- boost physical performance,
- increases resistance to fatigue,
- significantly improves mood.
Already well known by athletes of the former USSR, Rhodiola Rosea is, in fact, a tonic-adaptogen with a proven, exceptional property of promoting fatty acids release thanks to the action of Rosavine contained in the plant, which activates the enzyme adenylate cyclase a level of fat cells. The mobilization of these fatty acids determines an increase in the energy substrate for the production of ATP, which will be available then for athletes' muscle needs.
The properties of the talus (Astragalus membranaceus) are many and diverse. The many benefits of astragalus are found in both traditional Chinese and western medicine, which attribute to the plant:
- immunostimulating action,
- antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory properties,
- cardiotonic, hypotensive and vasodilator activities,
- protection and improvement of liver functions,
- draining and protective action for kidneys.
As for athletes, talus is useful for its powerful toning action that raises the threshold of resistance to stress, increases energy, accelerates metabolism and promotes tissue repair.
Traditional Chinese medicine uses astragalus to stimulate "Qi", the vital energy of the spleen and lungs, that is, of those organs which, together with the kidneys, are the basis of the body's energy flows and of the defensive energies that can be weakened in states of overtraining and prolonged fatigue.
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) is a plant known since ancient times for its invigorating and antioxidant properties. In Russia, it has always been used as a natural remedy to strengthen the body thanks to the presence of lignans, a type of polyphenols of which Schisandra berries are rich. Today, Schisandra is highly appreciated for its excellent adaptogenic properties which contribute to reducing the symptoms of physical and mental fatigue.
In sports, the properties of Schisandra berries are particularly effective, since it:
- improves your ability to withstand high training workloads,
- increases the sustainable duration of the performance,
- facilitates recovery times.
For these reasons, using a Schisandra supplement allows, over time, to counter the risk of overtraining, failure to recover and any trauma.
Those who love to play sports at high levels need to maintain a high standard of their psychophysical performance, even in conditions of stress such as during a competitive preparation. In these cases, the synergistic action of the Schisandra, ashwagandha and Rhodiola extracts, can support sportsmen's well-being removing stress symptoms, increasing mood and improving reflexes and concentration.
What do you use to keep stress under control? Would you try a natural supplement? Write your opinion!