We all know that to feel as healthy and energised as possible we need to drink enough water, get enough quality sleep, reduce stress, limit alcohol intake and eat a well balanced diet.
But we also know that getting the perfect balance of all those things simply isn’t realistic. Long hours, stressful meetings, commuting and travelling for work – they’re all things we have to contend with on a daily basis. And that’s before we even look at our home and social lives.
So the reality is a lot of us are suffering from fatigue and exhaustion. In lieu of quitting work and going to live on a beach somewhere, there are supplements available to help combat fatigue…
The best supplements for fatigue
Ashwagandha is one of the most important medicinal herbs in Indian Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest medicinal systems. It’s said to boost functionality of the brain and the body to increase vigour and energy. It also possesses potent antioxidant properties that help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals.
Vitamin B12 plays an essential role in the production of DNA and red blood cells, as well as ensuring that the body’s nervous system functions efficiently. Many people who are deficient in vitamin B12 also suffer from anaemia – a condition where the body lacks enough healthy red blood cells and is characterised by severe weakness and fatigue. Because the human body cannot produce it naturally, to get enough B12 we need to get it from external sources such as food and supplements.
Of course anaemia is also caused by low iron levels. This is because the body needs iron to make haemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen from the lungs to the organs and tissues throughout the body. When we don’t have enough iron, the red blood cells cannot effectively carry oxygen to the body’s tissues and this leads to extreme tiredness and weakness.
Rhodiola rosea is an herb that grows in certain cold, mountainous regions such as in the Arctic, the mountains of Central Asia, eastern North America and mountainous parts of Europe. There is some evidence that suggests that Rhodiola rosea may be helpful for enhancing physical performance and alleviating mental fatigue, although further more thorough research needs to be done.
NAD+ is a coenzyme that our body produces naturally, but that declines in everyone as we get older. Because it plays such an important role in cell and mitochondrial function, and converting food into energy on a metabolic level, when our levels of NAD+ decline, it can leave us feeling extremely fatigued. We have a range of NAD+ supplements that can help with fatigue and our purest most potent NAD+ supplement is our NAD+ Optima Max.