Back in February, Dr. Mehmet Oz welcomed television personality Montel Williams onto his show, "Dr. Oz," to discuss his struggle with multiple sclerosis. Williams, an avid supporter of alternative health, explained how his energy can be drained by his condition. Even if you don't suffer from MS, who can't relate to the feeling of being drained? One part of his regimen for boosting lagging energy in the afternoon was three root tea.
Since the episode originally aired, customers have been on the hunt for this tea with its three powerful ingredients: Rhodiola, ashwagandha and schizandra. This combination is said to relieve stress and give you more energy. Why? All three are adaptogens, which help the body adjust to changing stressors and trigger the appropriate response.
Unfortunately, do to limited availability of these ingredients, a true three root tea is hard to come by. However, there is a solution. You can still get the benefits of this powerful combination by taking the three main components in supplement form. Here are our three favorites:
New Chapter Rhodiola Force 300
The leaves of the Rhodiola rosea plant have been used for centuries by both the Greeks and the Chinese to promote agility and to cure common ailments like the flu. New Chapter only uses rhodiola plants that have grown for a minimum of four years and takes great care in processing the plants at low temperatures to preserve their potency. As a result, the active compounds like rosavins and salidrosides that affect your mood, immune system, cardiovascular system and adrenal glands remain intact. You feel more alert, with improved memory and physical endurance. Each capsule gives you 100 mg of rhodiola (also available in a 300 mg capsule) and you can work your way up to four capsules daily.
Nature's Way Ashwagandha
Also referred to as Indian ginseng, Ayurvedic healers have relied on this herb for years to help boost energy and strength and promote mental health and a long life. As a result of taking ashwagandha, our immunity, energy and mental alertness are heightened. Ashwagandha is also credited with boosting libido and fertility, relieving pain and inflammation and also as a diuretic. Nature's Way was founded in 1969 by Tom Murdock, who was looking for a natural remedy for his wife's illness. The Murdock family's passion for herbal medicine comes through in the quality of their products. Each of Nature's Way's capsules gives you 500 mg of ashwagandha extract and nothing else. This pure extract can be taken up to three times a day for best results.
Nature's Way Schizandra
The third and final component is schizandra (also spelled "schisandra"). These berries have been trusted for years to help with liver conditions as well as cognitive health and immunity. These berries contain an enzyme that helps fight off free radicals that can damage the cells and make you sick. Schizandra also promotes gastrointestinal health and the growth of healthy cells. Another quality supplement, Nature's Way's capsules contain 1.16 g of pure schizandra fruit extract that can help you feel more energized. More importantly, they keep your immune system from being compromised by stress, keeping you healthy and happy. The added bonus: These berries can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles for amazing anti-aging results. Dr. Oz called them an "anti-aging miracle."
All three are in capsule form. When it comes to taking them, you have two options: Your first choice is to take the supplements daily in capsule form as directed. Or, if you're still looking for a tea, you can open the capsules and add the contents to hot water and drink the mixture. You could try adding honey, agave nectar or stevia extract to add any desired sweetness if you prefer.
Get all the benefits of these three roots in a form that's easy to take. They can't prevent a hard day at work or screaming children, but they'll make sure your body can handle it.
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