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6 amazing superherbs you need to add to your diet

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Health & Fitness

6 amazing superherbs you need to add to your diet

Just when you thought superfoods like blueberries, salmons and avocados were the A-list of your entrees, enter superherbs, the latest must-have ingredients.

What are they? According to naturopathic doctor Rosalyn Hayman from the Halifax Naturopathic Health Centre, superherbs – technically known as adaptogens – are herbs that can help the body better adapt to stress aka LIFE. “They prevent the body from secreting too much cortisol and adrenalin and hence a person often feels they better tolerate stressful events.”

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How do you eat them? Superherbs can be taken as capsules, powders (perfect for your smoothies) or tinctures.

And how do you know what type is best for you? Talk to your naturopath; they will want to evaluate how you feel and maybe even test your saliva or hormones. And remember: you might not notice a change right away; our experts say it’s probably best to take superherbs for a month or more.

Here are some you may want to try.

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Superherb: Rhodiola rosea

This superherb, a type of flowering plant, is more effective for women than men, according to naturopathic doctor Pamela Frank from the Forces of Nature Wellness Centre in Toronto. In addition to helping with anxiety, there is evidence it can “help to balance estrogen and may benefit women at menopause,” says Frank. Nature's Way Rhodiola Rosea Standardized ($15.34 for 60 capsuls), at iherb.com. READ MORE: Is a detox REALLY worth it? The ELLE Canada team tests it out

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Superherb: Panax ginseng

Panax ginseng – whether it’s in tea form or minced and added into meals – can help to reduce “the effects of long-term stress on cholesterol, blood sugar and inflammation,” says Frank. READ MORE: 8 cookbooks to inspire healthy eating

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Superherb: Green Tea

We are always on team coffee, but now we have a new place for green tea in our hearts, too. It contains antioxidant EGCG – tongue-twisting longform: Epigallocatechin gallate – said to have anti-inflammatory effects and to help lower risk for many diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. READ MORE: How to get your best butt ever in 2016

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Superherb: Ashwagandha

This herb is thought to boost energy by improving the health of our cell’s mitochondria (energy power plants in our cells). It is also anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic, says Frank. Now Foods Ashwagandha ($15.08 for 90 veggie capsuls), at iherb.com. READ MORE: 8 Instagram accounts that inspire us to eat better

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Superherb: Resveratrol

Grab that bottle of red wine! Wine contains resveratrol, which is thought to have powerful antioxidant benefits. Frank recommends drinking one to two glasses of red wine a week. READ MORE: 7 health-boosting herbs and spices you should be adding to your dinner plate

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Superherb: Quercetin

One of the many reasons why an apple a day can keep the doctor away is because it contains the bioflavonoid quercetin. “It has antioxidant effects and helps protect the mitochondria from damage,” says Frank. Onions are also rich in this superherb. READ MORE: 10 accessories that will make your winter runs so much better

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