Energy Products – WebMD

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If the names of today’s energy products have any truth to them, vitality and endurance are readily available in bars, drinks, gels, ices, herbs, and fatigue supplement. There is some evidence it improves aspects of mental and physical performance, but other than that, we don’t know a lot about the herb, says Haggans.

Rhodiola is often combined with cordyceps mushroom, another herb that has had little scientific research. Cordyceps mushroom by itself and the combined formula of cordyceps and rhodiola have been tested on athletic performance, and the results have been contradictory.

There are benefits to taking cordyceps mushroom, says Weil. It can reportedly provide energy to older people who have been debilitated by age or illness and to young athletes who need a boost in performance.

If you are considering the use of an herb or a supplement, it’s best to first check with your doctor. Some plant compounds, no matter how natural, can interact with drugs and may have some adverse effects.

Asian ginseng, for example, can raise medications, can affect energy levels.