Sports Performance

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!

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Acai Berries

Acai Berries

Euterpe oleracea

Is Acai Berry really that good for bodybuilding and athletes? Acai, because of its unique quality as a high fibre fruit and because of its fatty acid content, means that it is great for those athletes and bodybuilders looking to cut back on carbs. There are very few fruits that have the level of fibre that’s found in Acai.

Together with a full vitamin, mineral, fatty acid, protein and antioxidant content, this fruit is a great food to incorporate into your training regime.

Acai is a South American berry that has supported generations of indigenous rainforest communities and continues to be an economic resource for many people of the Amazon basin.

 

Agave

Agave Nectar

Agave tequilana

Having a very low glycaemic index, Agave Syrup is a great replacement for sugar. This might be a consideration for athletes and bodybuilders since Agave is low in calories and releases its stored energy very slowly into the body, enabling blood sugar levels to remain stable.

Agave Syrup has quite a short history as a replacement to sugar but has been used as a food source since the Aztec Empire in South America.

Almond

Almonds

Prunis dulcis

Almonds are a fantastic source of natural protein and should be considered as a great between meal snack for athletes and bodybuilders. High energy, healthy fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium and folic acid are all found in Almonds in abundance making them a consideration for anyone looking for a natural boost in the gym.

Some of the earliest specimens of the Almond were found in the tomb of Tutankhamen dating from 1,325 BCE. Almonds is the official state tree of Kashmir and are revered in many cultures.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha

Withania somnifera

How is this popular Ayurvedic herb good for bodybuilders and athletes?

Best known for its adaptogenic qualities that calm and rejuvenate, Ashwagandha can be taken as an effective antioxidant helping in the purging of free radicals from the body. Ashwagandha taken over a period of time can help in recovery from extreme exercise letting the body gain strength and be free from stress. Quicker recovery means being more effective in training.

Ayurvedic medicine, native to India, is over a 1,000 years old and has been tried and tested to help individual constitutions become stronger.

Bala

Bala

Sida cordifolia

The literal translation of Bala from Sanskrit means ‘strength’. This herb is said to naturally tonify the muscles of the body as well as release tension whilst assisting weight loss, boosting physical endurance and balancing the body.

Also known as an aphrodisiac, the Bala herb is a part of the massive system of Ayurvedic medicine that has been prevalent for more than 5,000 years in India.

Baobab

Baobab

Adansonia digitata

With strenuous exercise more free radicals occur in the body and a good natural detoxifying and immune boosting fruit to help neutralise them is Baobab.  

Gram for gram Baobab has about 6 times more vitamin C than an orange, a lot of dietary fibre and more than 12 different vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C is needed to help keep teeth, gums and skin healthy as well as keeping the immune system functioning well. 

The Baobab tree is thought to live for up to 1,000 years and in African culture is a symbol of strength, long life, wisdom and beauty.

Barley Grass

Barley Grass

Hordeum vulgare L

With such a feature packed nutrient protfile Barleygrass is a great all round sports aid. For athletes and bodybuilders this natural ingredient can support all aspects of health with its wide spectrum of benefits to the body

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.

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.

Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen

As well as adding extra nutrition, Bee Pollen can counteract toxins and body stress associated with extreme exercise and bodybuilding. Dense amounts of energy are stored in Bee Pollen making it a vital natural ingredient rich in complex B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D, and E, plus beta carotene, selenium, and lecithin minerals, enzymes, amino acids and anti-oxidants. 

Adding Bee Pollen to a protein shake will enhance alertness and aid concentration levels to help you bring out your best in the gym.

Bee Pollen has been used since the times of ancient Egypt and continues to be a fantastic natural supplement with many different health benefits.

Beetroot

Beetroot

Beta vulgaris

Beetroot has always been a bit of a dark horse in terms of nutrition. For bodybuilders this purple root vegetable has been proven to improve the amount of nutrients that muscles receive during high levels of exercise. This is because of the amount of nitric oxide present in Beetroot that dilates the blood vessels and increases endurance.

Other than nitric oxide Beetroot also is packed with calcium, iron, vitamins A & C; also an excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of fibre, manganese and potassium.

Did you know that Beetroot leaves used to be preferred to the actual root? They are even more nutritious than spinach!

Rice Protein

Brown Rice Protein

Oryza sativa

Brown Rice has always been seen as very healthy, nutritious and a filling addition to any meal. Now it's possible to get all the natural protein from Brown Rice in powder form. Using enzymes to break down the starch and a period dehydration, a powder is made from Brown Rice that can be up to 70% protein.

For those who are looking for an alternative to other protein powders, Brown Rice protein could be the answer to getting all the essential amino acids you need during a workout.

Especially made with vegetarian and vegan bodybuilders and athletes in mind.

Camu Camu

Camu Camu

Mycaria dubia

Working out and training can release higher amounts of free radicals into the body and so a good antioxidant is essential for combating the adverse effect of these harmful cells.

Camu Camu has a higher amount of natural vitamin C than any fruit on the planet and can be a great source of antioxidants for athletes and bodybuilders.

The Mycaria dubia shrub grows in Peru and Brazil and was only found to have a very high vitamin C content when the Peruvian government conducted a survey on Amazon fruits in 1957.

Chlorella

Chlorella

Chlorella vulgaris

Chlorella has been described as the perfect food because of its massive nutritional range and large amount of natural protein. Also of interest to bodybuilders and athletes will be Chlorella’s ability to relieve the body of toxins and the fact that it is very easily digestible.

All in all Chlorella gives energy and keeps the body circulating with top level antioxidants making sure that you get the most out of your training.

Cracked wall Chlorella was first researched by Dutch microbiologist M. W. Beijerinck in 1890 and has been a popular supplement ever since.

Devil's Claw Plant

Devil's Claw

Harpagophytum procumbens

Devil’s Claw root is a great tonic for the joints. Prolonged use has proven to be very helpful for those with osteoarthritis and joint pain. In the same way, this herb could be of use to bodybuilders and athletes to relieve joints that are under strain from heavy exercise.

The San Bushman of the Kalahari desert have known about the Devil’ Claw and its uses for centuries. It has been noted that hardly any of them have joint pain and this could be because of the amount of Devil’s Claw that they consume.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba, Salisburia adiantifolia, Salisburia macrophylla

Gingko is an absolute necessity for athletes and bodybuilders. Added to a pre-training shake or morning shake, it increases blood flow and helps massively with circulation, which can give you extra power by allowing nutrients to get to the muscles.

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.

Goji Berries

Goji Berries

Lycium barbarum

Goji berries / Wolf berries are known as the ultimate tonic for longevity, within the Chinese medicine tradition. Goji berries have such a good vitamin and mineral profile that eating them as a snack before and after training or putting the powder in your smoothies will certainly boost energy levels.

They are thought to nourish Yin energy in the body, having a cooling and nourishing effect on the whole system. Goji berries have been used in traditional Mongolian, Tibetan and Chinese medicine for 1000s of years. 

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