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10 Herbs that Could Change Your Life

10 Herbs that Could Change Your Life

  1. Turmeric- used for inflammation and pain, turmeric contains the active component curcumin. Take 400-600mg 3x/day for relief from the “itis”

  2. Ginger- also an anti-inflammatory, ginger contains gingerols, and when dried becomes even more potent changing into shogaols . Ginger is also a strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Take 1-2 grams/day

  3. Boswellia- also known as frankincense, has the active compound Boswellic acid. It's been proven to help with pain, inflammation, asthma, and Crohn's disease. Take 150-400mg 3x/day orally for help with systemic pain or inflammation, or apply liberally as a lotion or cream for local use.

  4. Cloves- Contain the active constituent Eugenol, it's an appetite stimulant, anti-oxidant and can also kill internal parasites at a high enough dose. Take 1-2grams/day for a digestive aid

  5. Cinnamon- Has been known to help with diabetes, have anti-viral properties, promote digestive health and stimulate appetite. Take 1-6 grams/day for appetite

  6. Oregano- Is a strong antimicrobial, antifungal, and appetite stimulant. Take 200mg 2-3x/day to aid digestion.

  7. Devil's Claw- Has been used as an anti-malaria treatment, treat liver and kidney problems, and is a great pain killer. Take 750mg 3x/day for pain.

  8. Cayenne- Active component Capsaicin. Take .5-1gram / day or use topically as a lotion (<.25% to prevent skin irritation) for pain

  9. St. John's Wort- While often used to enhance mood by increasing serotonin, St. John's Wort has some even more noticeable effects on estrogen. It increases clearance of estrogen via the liver, which is great for building muscle tissue, and if you are a woman that experiences bad cramps or hot flashes this could be a viable solution for you. Hands down St. John's Wort should be on your list of herbs to buy as a lifter, whether male or female. Do not take if you are on birth control.

  10. Cat's Claw- Also acts on estrogen, but by binding at the estrogen site, but because it isn't nearly as powerful as estrogen it will have a greatly decreased estrogen effect. Cat's Claw can also increase IGF-1 levels (insulin like growth factor), which can stimulate an anabolic effect in skeletal muscle, cartilage, bone, liver, kidney, nerves, skin and lung tissues. Take 1-4 grams 2x/ daily

Meg Holliday Makes Powerlifting Watch News

Meg Holliday, 105# powerlifter competed in and won NASA Raw Nationals for both her weight class and over all in the sub-master 1 division. She also earned herself a place on the powerlifting watch all time list for both squat and total at this meet. She was coached by Lindsey Urbank. Check out the link to see the article, Meg's meet video, and Meg's training blog leading up to the meet.