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Sports and Body Building Supplements

Sports and Body Building Supplements

Welcome. In this section we give information on herbs, botanicals and superfoods known to be beneficial for sports and bodybuilding.

If you want to get ahead in your game, now is the time to take advantage of the 21st century ‘botanical revolution’. Today, herbs and superfoods from all around world are easily available – and Indigo Herbs has selected the best of them, at affordable prices.

Whether you’re an athlete, a bodybuilder, a gym bunny, or a yoga devotee, or just want to feel stronger and more energised, optimum nutrition is key. Added to a wholefood diet, our premium-quality botanicals will turbocharge your nutrient status.

Some of our botanicals are rich in easily absorbable amino acids – the building blocks of protein – and can help to build muscle. Others will give you an extra burst of energy to kick-start your workout, without stressing your adrenal glands with caffeine. If you want to raise your metabolism, increase stamina, aid recovery after exertion, or boost testosterone, Nature’s medicine chest has the answer.

Herbal powders can be added to juices and smoothies – why not try taking them before and after your training session? Alternatively, tinctures are a quick and easy way to get herbal power into your body. Browse the list below to see which ones are right for you.

As usual, a healthy diet and lifestyle is necessary to support the work of the botanicals – so eat your greens and make sure you get enough sleep!

Acai Berries

Acai Berries

Euterpe oleracea

This Organic Acai berry powder is freeze dried by not using a heat or chemical treatment, bringing the product to you with maximum nutritional content intact.

Acai is a beautiful rich royal purple coloured berry from the Brazilian Rain Forest in South America. Acai is a must-use-herb for bodybuilders, athletes, people doing a regular exercise routine and people who are trying to lose weight. Acai is a poweful anti-oxidant and also speeds up the metabolism.

Agave

Agave Nectar

Agave tequilana

Agave syrup is 100% natural and raw, it has not been heated and is therefore full of life. It has a very low glycemic index and is a wonderful replacement for sugar. It is 33% sweeter than sugar, therefore when it is substituted in a recipe you need to use 75% less! It is lower in calories AND releases the energy slowly into the body, enabling the blood sugar levels to remain stable.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha

Withania somnifera

Ashwagandha is the tonic for the 21st centuary lifestyle, it is said to bring "the strength of a stallion". It is known as Indian Ginseng. It is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine.

Ashwagandha is rejuvenating and strengthening to the nervous system, and it works as a mild depressant to the over agitated nerves whilst nourishing and protecting. So it is excellent for stress induced disorders such as Insomnia, Anxiety, Neurosis.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, so it helps the body and mind adapt to stress that cannot be avoided, whilst strengthening and calming the mind and body. Ashwagandha is perfect for having in the morning in your morning smoothie or as part of a pre-training drink, for strength boosting.

Bala

Bala

Sida cordifolia

Bala is one of the most valued and well used Ayurvedic herbs. It is used for weight loss, and boosting physical endurance and strength, often used by athletes and bodybuilders. It is also known as an Aphrodisiac.

Barley Grass

Barley Grass

Hordeum vulgare L

The young leaves of the Barleygrass plant have a tremendous ability to absorb nutrients from the soil, and are harvested at 12 -14 inches high.

Barley grass is known to contain vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, chlorophyll, live enzymes and amino acids. It is thought to include a balanced ratio of protein, fat, and carbohydrate necessary for a balanced diet. Barleygrass is easily assimilated throughout the digestive tract providing the body with optimum nutrition.

Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is one of nature's superfoods, rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and anti-oxidants. It is thought to be an immune system builder and it enhances vitality.

Bee pollen is known to help counteract the action of toxins and bring relief to sufferers of allergies, including hay fever, as it reduces the histamine levels in the body. It is also known to alleviate nausea, sleep disorders, stress and anxiety by bringing the body into nutritional balance and well being.

It's thought to be a great brain booster, lifting brain fatigue, improving alertness and helping concentration levels when taken over an extended period of time. It is also known to bring increased levels of energy and vitality, helping with athletic endurance, stamina, recovery and speed.

Chlorella

Chlorella

Chlorella vulgaris

Chlorella has a huge nutritional range and has been described as the perfect food.
This plant algae is thought to have an alkaline effect on the body. This effect is key in supporting the body recovering from ill health. Chlorella supports the body in the process of detoxification, this helps the muscles, joints, cells, blood and all the bodily systems recover from their toxic load. It is a high source of vegetable protein and it is also easily digestable. It makes a great food to consume when recovery from illness and it brings an energy boost in physical exhaustion. Chlorella would be perfect for body builders / general gym goers as it is as described before: the perfect food! Adding it into your morning shake or post-training shake can be greatly beneficial for your health and training.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba, Salisburia adiantifolia, Salisburia macrophylla

Ginkgo is one of the most popular herbs in use today, originating in Asia. It is the oldest surviving tree on earth and it has been used traditionally to improve concentration and memory. It is also known to stimulate circulation and thin the blood. It should not be taken along side blood thinning medicine. Gingko is an absolute necessity in your pre-training shake or morning shake, it increases blood flow and helps massively with circulation, which can be the extra power you need to blast out your last rep.

Goji Berries

Goji Berries

Lycium barbarum

Goji berries / Wolf berries are known as the ultimate tonic for longevity, within the Chinese medicine tradition. They are thought to nourish Yin energy in the body, having a cooling and nourishing effect on the whole system. They are the perfect daily tonic for modern living, which is said to create too much heat, fire and Yang energy in the body. Goji berries have been used in traditional Mongolian, Tibetan and Chinese medicine for 1000s of years. Goji berries has such a good vitamin and mineral profile that it would be wrong not to eat them before and after training or putting the powder in your smoothies.

Tribulus

Gokshura

Tribulus terrestris

Tribulus Terrestris is known to increase stamina, libido and sexual function for men and dramatically improve sexual performance and sensitivity for most women. It is widely used by athletes and body builders as it improves muscle building, stamina and endurance. It has also been found to alleviate symptoms of the menopause, such as hot flushes, depression and emotional instability.

Green Tea

Camellia sinensis

Sencha green tea is made from the leaves that are directly exposed to sunlight during the growing period. It is a Japanese green tea, and it is made from the Camellia sinensis leaves. Green Tea like Acai is essential for body builders for its anti-oxidant and metabolism boosting properties.

Guarana

Guarana

Paullinia Cupana

Guarana has been popularised and used in many energy drinks, protein bars and herbal formulas. However it is important to look out for pure unadulterated Guarana and unfortunately sometimes these products are pumped full of chemical caffeine.

Guarana is known as a stimulant it has a nervine action and is known as a calming yet uplifting tonic, boosting energy levels, enhancing memory and increasing physical endurance. It is thought to be more effective than coffee or ginseng at creating instant energy boost to body and mind and it is an anti-oxidant. Guarana is a powerful herbal stimulant which YOU can harness the power of by adding it into a pre-training shake.

Hemp

Cannabis Sativa

Hemp seeds can be taken on a daily basis for general well-being, they can be sprinkled on any foods and make a slightly nutty crunchy topping. They can also be blended with water to make a raw hemp milk, this is particually good for those who are lactose intolerant and looking for a good source of protein. Hemp is very protein rich, so for bodybuilders always looking how to get more protein into their diets Hemp is perfect, not only that but it also has a very impressive amino acid profile. 

Horny Goat Weed

Epimedium sagittatum

The Chinese refer to the herb Horny goat weed as Yin yang huo, which means "licentious goat plant." The use of Epimedium as a medicinal herb dates back thousands of years. It is known as a warming herb that improves male fertility and massively increases sex drive. Epimedium received its more common name, horny goat weed, when goats grazing on the herb were observed to have significantly increased sexual drive. You may be thrown by the name and wouldn't think it would benefit body building, but Horny Goat Weed boosts testosterone significantly which in turn will increase your power and drive in your psychical field.

Maca

Maca

Lepidium meyenii

Maca is a popular integral part of the Peruvian way of life, it is a root vegetable that looks a bit like a turnip and it is put into soups, cakes, breads and drinks in Peru. It is grown high in the Andes at 14,000 ft in very rich soils, so its mineral content is especially high. Useful in Body Building.

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