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Super 7: Supplements That Improve Endurance

  • By Shawn Talbott, PhD
  • Published Sep. 4, 2013
Herbs such as cordyceps can provide many benefits to runners and other endurance athletes. Photo: www.shutterstock.com

Eleuthero And Ashwagandha

Eleuthero (Siberian ginseng) and ashwagandha (Indian ginseng) provide resistance to physical stress and increase energy levels. They are used in traditional medicine as “adaptogens” to help the body adapt to stressful situations. Eleuthero tends to be more “energizing,” while Ashwagandha is regarded as more “relaxing” in its effects.

Dosage: Eleuthero, 100-200mg (standardized to 0.5-1% eleutherosides); Ashwagandha, 10-30mg (standardized to 5-10% withanolides)

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About The Author:

Shawn Talbott holds a MS in exercise science (UMass) and a PhD in nutritional biochemistry (Rutgers) and competes in iron-distance triathlons and ultramarathons.

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