There is growing research on the efficacy alternative and herbal medicine, making adding supplements to your smoothies and potions is a great way to eat your medicine. If you are new to herbal supplements, we recommend talking to a holistic health practitioner who can develop the best supplement plan for you. Functional medicine doctors, like Parsley Health, or naturopaths like are two great resources.
Indigenous to Japan, ashitaba is an incredibly rich source of B6 and B12 vitamins, more than any other plant. Ashitaba makes an excellent addition to a vegetarian or vegan diet, and helps create strong hair, nails and bones.
As an adaptogen, cordyceps is especially potent at helping the body combat both physical and emotional stress. It comes in powder, tincture or whole form and can be added to smoothies or brewed into a tea. Cordyceps is often used to improve lung capacity and athletic endurance and best consumed after your workout for maximum effect.
He Shou Wu
Another staple of TCM, He Shou Wu – literally meaning “Mr Wu’s Black Hair” – is a longevity and beauty supplement. It’s powerful antioxidant properties help keep skin and hair looking bright and youthful.
Pine Pollen is another powerful adaptogen that supports and balances your hormonal system, increases energy and boost libido. This bright yellow powder from the Mason Pine tree is packed with B-vitamins and often taken as an aphrodisiac. Add it to glass of water in the morning or spruce up a turmeric golden mylk for extra oomf.
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