Got Fatigue? These 3 Botanicals May Help
Do you often feel run down mentally and physically? Siesta Botanicals offers a number of energy-boosting botanicals, including ashwagandha, yerba mate and kratom, to help you get up and go.
Many Americans Suffer From Fatigue
We have a fatigue problem in the United States.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), fatigue impacts most Americans and can lead to disaster all too often. A person who has lost two hours of sleep from a typical 8-hour sleep schedule could be as impaired as a person who has had up to three beers.
According to a 2017 NSC survey, nearly half of Americans say they’re too tired to function at work. The survey findings show that 43 percent of Americans report not getting enough sleep to reduce risking safety at work and on the roads. This includes the ability to think clearly, make informed decisions and be productive.
In addition, 76% of workers say they feel tired at work, 53 percent feel less productive, and 44 percent have trouble focusing.
The survey also shows that 97 percent of Americans report having at least one of the leading risk factors for fatigue: working at night or early in the morning, working long shifts without regular work breaks, working more than 50 hours each week, and enduring long commutes.
Lifestyle Risk Factors for Fatigue
According to Mayo Clinic, there are 7 lifestyle factors that can lead to fatigue.
- Alcohol or drug use
- Excess physical activity
- Jet lag disorder
- Lack of physical activity
- Medications, such as antihistamines, cough medicines
- Not enough sleep
- Unhealthy eating habits
Botanicals to Help with Fatigue
If you’re tired of the coffee ups and downs, Siesta Botanicals offers several all-natural botanicals to help with fatigue.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, is an ancient Ayurvedic herb. It belongs to a class of medicinal herbs known as adaptogens and has been used for more than 3,000 years to help reduce stress, improve stamina and increase concentration levels.
In Sanskrit, ashwagandha means “smell of the horse,” which may be applied to its unique smell and its ability to increase strength.
What are the benefits of Ashwagandha?
Studies have shown that ashwagandha can help improve sleep and reduce stress. Many of ashwagandha’s health benefits are attributed to its high levels of withanolides, hormone precursors that can convert into human physiological hormones to help bring balance to the body.
In an overview of ashwagandha in the African Journal of Traditional. Complementary and Alternative Medicines, the authors write, “Being a powerful adaptogen, it enhances the body’s resilience to stress. Ashwagandha improves the body’s defense against disease by improving the cell-mediated immunity. It also possesses potent antioxidant properties that help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals.”
Swimming Endurance Study on Rats
In one study, researchers looked at the ability of ashwagandha to increase stamina among swimming rats.
They write, “Ashwagandha was shown to increase swimming performance in rats as judged by [an] increase in swimming time during [the] physical endurance test.”
“Ashwagandha treated animals showed a significant increase in the duration of swimming time as compared to control. The control group of mice swam for a mean time of 385 minutes, whereas the drug-treated animals continued to swim for a mean duration of 740 minutes. Thus, the swimming time was approximately doubled after Withania somnifera (WS) treatment.”
Research: Effects of Ashwagandha on Anxiety and Stress
In one review, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, ashwagandha was shown to outperform psychotherapy in reducing anxiety in a group of subjects by 56.5% compared to only 30.5% in the psychotherapy group.
In another study, published in the Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, researchers evaluated the safety and efficacy of a high-concentration extract of Ashwagandha to see whether it could reduce stress and anxiety and improve the general well-being of 64 adults with a history of chronic stress.
The findings show that participants who received the high-concentration full-spectrum ashwagandha root extract exhibited a significant reduction in scores on all the stress-assessment scales on Day 60, compared to the placebo group.
According to the study authors, “Ideally, an adaptogen should: a) decrease stress-induced damage, b) be safe and produce a beneficial effect even if the number of administrations is more than required, c) be devoid of any negative effects such as withdrawal syndromes and d) not influence the normal body functions more than necessary. Ashwagandha is one adaptogen that possesses all of the characteristics listed above.”
Yerba maté, Ilex paraguariensis, is a popular South American herbal tea that outrivals even green tea in its antioxidant content. Yerba mate contains trace amounts of every vitamin and mineral your body requires, as well as seven out of ten essential amino acids.
It will also give you an energy boost with its 85 milligrams of caffeine per cup. This is almost double the amount of caffeine found in black tea but less than half that of coffee (100 to more than 200 mg per cup). As a bonus, many yerba mate drinkers say it increases alertness and energy like coffee, but it doesn’t have the same jittery effect.
Yerba mate contains an array of beneficial compounds including the following:
- Caffeoyl derivatives: The main health-boosting antioxidants in yerba mate.
- Xanthines: Stimulating compounds including caffeine and theobromine, which are also found in tea, coffee and chocolate.
- Saponins: Bitter compounds with anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering properties.
- Polyphenols: This is a large group of antioxidants, tied to a reduced risk of many diseases.
Yerba mate has been shown to have antimicrobial properties. In one test-tube study, researchers found that a high dose of yerba mate extract reduced E. coli, a bacteria that can cause food poisoning symptoms. The researchers concluded that “extracts from commercial yerba mate have potential to be used as antimicrobials in foods and beverages against pathogenic E. coli…”
White Vein Kratom
White vein kratom, often relatively pale or yellowish in color, is derived from young leaves and is typically linked to more stimulating and energizing effects. We offer White Bali, White Borneo, White Maeng Da, White Malay and White Thai.
Thai or Maeng Da Kratom
Thai kratom tends to lean more toward a stimulating effect. Maeng Da (a term that refers to high quality) is said to be one of the strongest strains and it has both energizing and stimulating traits as well as pain-relieving effects. In Thai, ‘Maeng Da’ literally translates to “pimp grade,” denoting high quality and alkaloid content.