Welcome to the Power Plant Podcast!
In this episode we'll talk about gaining energy and focus through powerful herbs and extracts. We will also be taking calls from David in Birmingham, England who's been a vegan for 20 years and needs a boost for those mid-day energy drops. We'll also talk to Jim in Philadelphia who needs more focus on the job as well as Leonora, who is a Midwife in Austin, TX that needs help getting through some rough 24 hr. shifts.
Power Plants that promote energy and focus:
1. Tongkat Ali - Decoctions of tongkat ali roots have been utilized for centuries in Malaysia and Southeast Asia to support energy levels and mood. Although commonly taken by men, tongkat ali can also support women’s libido, mood, and energy.
2. Ashwagandha - The flagship herb of Ayurveda supports healthy adrenal function, energy, and mental focus. Ashwagandha (KSM-66) has been clinically researched and is backed by several randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled human clinical trials to support a multitude of body function.
3. Rhodiola Rosea -A favorite among athletes and herbal practitioners, Rhodiola has a reputation as one of the world’s greatest mood and energy tonics. Its unique array of phytochemicals have been researched for their ability to regulate critical neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin.
4. Ginseng (Chinese, Korean, and American) - There are 3 popular types of Ginseng used around the world; Chinese, Korean, and American. Chinese Ginseng (Ren Shen) is considered the "king of herbs" in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is celebrated as its' premier tonic herb. It's active compounds, referred to as ginsenosides, are known to restore qi (pronounced "chi") or energy levels and to support a calm, alert mind. Korean Ginseng has similar properties. American Ginseng, known as the ‘Yin Ginseng’, has similar ginsenosides to its Chinese counterpart, although is traditionally viewed as a gentler tonic better suited to people with excess metabolic heat. It can also help promote a relaxed, calm attitude among those prone to stress and overwork.
5. Dendrobium Nobile(Shi Hu) - Dendrobium is a member of the orchid family. In traditional Chinese medicine it’s considered a yin herb. It’s used to build up energy reserves which are depleted by stress, tension, trauma. It’s been used for centuries to strengthen the adrenal glands, support energy and endurance, and help the body age with grace.
6. Cistanche Tubulosa (Rou Cong Rong)- known as Rou Cong Rong in mandarin, Cistanche has long been considered one of the best Chinese herbs to strengthen kidneys, tonify yang, and benefit essence and blood. It has been researched for its mind enhancing properties, and according to some studies, it may enhance ATP synthesis and nitric oxide production, boosting cellular energy and supporting healthy circulation.
7. Shilajiit (also called Moomiyo) - Rather than a plant extract per se, Moomiyo is a blend of mineral-containing compounds made by soil-based microorganisms and contains an abundance of humic and fulvic acids. This adaptogenic compound is believed to promote vigor and endurance and to enhance athletic performance and sports recovery.
8. Cordyceps- Cordyceps is a powerful adaptogenic mushroom that is used extensively by athletes and herbalists to promote energy and endurance, enhance lung function, and support cognitive function.
9. Maca - A particularly powerful turnip-like root from South America, Maca has been used for centuries to increase libido and enhance energy and endurance. It also supports mental clarity and feeling of well-being.
10. Eleuthero - Once thought to be a member of the Ginseng family and referred to as Siberian Ginseng, Eleuthero, is well known as one of the best adaptogenic agents ever used. It's kno