Proper recovery from exercise is critical for transforming your training into tangible gains in strength, speed and stamina. Without it you risk injury and your hard work not paying off!
There’s a wide variety of medicinal herbs that have been shown to help with various aspects of sports performance and recovery. Some of the best researched are the ginseng family. Known for their ability to improve cognitive performance and stamina, ginsengs also have anti-inflammatory and immune supporting properties which can aid recovery.
Rhodiola Rosea is another popular herb used in traditional medicine to support sports people. It stimulates the production of neurotransmitters in the brain increasing resistance to fatigue and improving concentration. It has powerful antioxidant properties and can reduce lactate levels and muscle damage athletes doing aerobic exercise.
Ginger and Turmeric
Ginger and turmeric are also powerful anti-inflammatories that can help to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness and facilitate injury repair. For existing injuries white willow can be helpful. It contains the compound Salicin, which is traditionally used for musculoskeletal and joint-related conditions such as injuries and inflammation.