Quite often when people talk about health and well-being, they over-look the rarely mentioned concept of vitality.  What is vitality?  Defined as the strength of the life-force energy within the body, it’s that abundant energy we experience when we truly feel at our best.  While there are many factors that influence vitality, like breathing, diet and exercise, there is a branch of herbology that focuses specifically on plant compounds that enhance and augment vitality.

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Ginseng is probably the most common and popular of the vitality-enhancing herbs used today.
Ginseng has been medically document as having a powerful impact on the endocrine system, enhancing physical endurance, mental energy and clarity, even increasing the absorption of nutrients in foods.  Medical research in Russia also showed Ginseng to stimulate balance in blood pressure, and it’s been used for thousands of years for it’s ability to enhance sexual desire.  There are over 28 documented compounds in Ginseng that are known to have powerfully beneficial effects for nearly every system in the body.  For Ginseng to be effectively used, it must be consumed on a daily basis for extended periods of time.

Reishi mushroom is another incredible supplement for vitality.  Used for over 4000 years throughout Asia, it’s long sought after for it’s ability to remedy lung and liver issues, elevate one’s mood, and even eliminate arthritis in some cases.  Reishi is found to be anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and be loaded with antioxidants.  Considered an adaptogen, Reishi is beneficial for nearly every system in the body.  It’s is commonly consumed in capsules or in the form of tea, and use over extended amounts of time is recommended for maximum benefit.

A lesser known root, Maca, is catching on as being a highly beneficial supplement for reducing fatigue, enhancing energy and endurance, as well as being a superlatively effective adaptagen for every day living.  Maca contains 55 phytochemicals that are known to have vitality-enhancing effects in the body, in addition to being incredibly mineral dense and nutritious.  It’s adaptagenic effects target the endocrine specifically, systemically increasing the health and vitality of the body.  Maca is consumed in capsules, or powdered and mixed into drinks.  It is most effective when used for several weeks at a time, with intermittent breaks in consumption.

Another fantastic mushroom is the Cordycep.  Considered the “ginseng of mushrooms”, Cordyceps are known to have a truly awesome effect on endurance and stamina.  They’ve long been utilized by the Chinese Olympic Teams for improving their athletic performance and recovery times in training.  Research has shown that Cordyceps are highly effective in treating respiratory ailments, enhancing aerobic performance, increasing sex drive, strengthening the immune system, as well as having anti-stress properties.  Cordyceps are generally consumed in capsules or tinctures, and used for several weeks to several months at a time.

Astragalus is an herb long used in China for it’s immune system strengthening effects.  Here in the west, it is becoming increasingly popular for the same reasons, as it’s found to help restore compromised immune response due to excessive stress and toxicity from the environment.  Sited as being extra beneficial for those with chronic immune deficiencies, it is recommended above Echinacea for it’s ability to provide deeper assistance to those who’ve consumed large quantities of antibiotics and have become susceptible to infections.  Astragalus is consumed through capsules, tinctures, or in a tea.   For best results, it is used for several weeks to several months at a time.

In today’s modern age, with unparalleled stress and toxicity, it is more important than ever to fortify and protect one’s body from potential harm.  While diet, exercise, and rest are key components in maintaining excellent health, the use of vitality enhancing herbs is indispensable.  Their ability to increase energy, immune response, mental clarity, libido, and over-all homeostasis of the body make them a truly worthwhile investment of time and money.  They are safe and easy to use, without side-effects and contraindications like pharmaceutical drugs.  In light of their value, they are an obvious choice for anyone wanting to go a step beyond go health and on to higher vitality.