is an ancient medicinal herb that’s been used for centuries to help manage stress, increase energy levels and improve concentration. Its popularity has exploded in the West in recent years, and there’s growing scientific evidence behind many of its reported benefits. It’s classified as an adaptogen, meaning it can help your body manage stress, with placebocontrolled studies showing it can reduce anxiety and insomnia, thanks to its ability to lower levels of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone. And other studies now show it can reduce inflammation, boost testosterone and fertility, and may even help to increase muscle mass and strength.
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