If you don’t live under a rock, you’re sure to have heard of stimulants, whether you realize it or not. Caffeine, nicotine, cocaine… However, there are plenty of natural stimulants that you may not have heard of and have much better effects on your body. Instead of picking up an energy drink or a cigarette, here are some healthier, more positive options for you!
Ginseng was considered the most popular herbal stimulant before guarana. It’s a dull looking plant that grows mostly in North America and East Asia. The root, and occasionally the leaves, are used for medicinal purposes. Even with the rising popularity of a number of other stimulants, ginseng is still commonly used. It’s known for its benefits to those suffering from type II diabetes, attention deficit disorder, and erectile dysfunction. American ginseng is typically used as an energy booster.
Gotu kola, centella asiatica, is a plant native to Asia and is mild stimulant. Indians consider this herb to be the most spiritual, and Sri Lankans praise it for bringing long life. It’s best known for its ability to sharpen the mind and reduce anxiety. Gotu Kola is also used by those with high blood pressure, varicose veins, and can be applied to wounds to reduce the probability of scarring.
Guarana is one of the most popular stimulants on the market. Its seeds contain twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee seeds, which is why it’s often used in energy drinks and supplements. However, caffeine is not the only thing it’s good for. Guarana also contains guaranine, which has proven to be more beneficial to the mind than caffeine. It’s also used by cancer patients who are in post-radiation therapy, as provides energy and a better ability to function.
DHEA is produced naturally in the human body, but supplements of it can be found in health stores. It’s been extensively studied and has shown to provide energy, improve mood, and improve memory. Its popularity has come from its ability to improve sexual stamina and help with weight loss. In addition, it’s often used for the treatment of HIV, schizophrenia, and severe injuries.
Kola nut is a product of kola trees, native to Africa. They have psychogenic effects and also contain caffeine. Its extracts are used by in products that help ease nausea and headaches. In South American countries, kola nut is often eaten because it can be used as a sexual stimulant. It’s also know to treat erectile dysfunction. When consumed before meals, it can promote better digestion. It’s also known for its ability to heal small cuts and abrasions.
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