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Caffeine for fighting fatigue: does it work ?

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November has arrived, and fatigue is starting to set in. Are you affected by the changing seasons? Most people experience an increased level of tiredness at this time of year, as the sun becomes significantly weaker, and many turn to caffeine to give them a little more energy. But is caffeine the proper solution?

It is widely known that caffeine gives you a quick jolt of energy, so it is no surprise that many people are addicted to it! However, the reality is that caffeine does not give you additional energy. It temporarily masks your fatigue by enhancing your state of alertness. In effect – and you have probably experienced this yourself – the effect of caffeine is short-lived, and you need another dose an hour later to keep the fatigue from hitting you like a ton of bricks. This is what is known as the rebound effect. This means that you risk feeling even more tired than you did before you drank your coffee or energy drink. If you would rather not drink a cup of coffee every hour, for obvious health-related reasons (yes, there is a maximum safe dosage of caffeine per day), look to energizing plants as the long-term solution.

Energizing plants, which are often called “ginsengs”, do not contain caffeine, and they do not mask the fatigue. Instead, they enhance your body’s ability to resist stress. Fatigue is a stress factor for your body, and ginsengs help you to combat it by giving you renewed energy. Unlike caffeine, ginsengs do not produce instant energy, but rather a long-lasting effect. As a result, you do not experience any rebound effect. However, it is important to exercise caution. Because the effect is long-lasting, it is recommended that you take ginsengs in the morning in order to avoid experiencing insomnia in the evening.

The Super Energex formula is a perfect example of energizing plants. It contains Siberian ginseng, Chinese ginseng, Indian ginseng, Peruvian ginseng and Brazilian ginseng. It also contains vitamin B and Kola Nut, which naturally contains a small amount of caffeine. These two ingredients give Super Energex a fast-acting energizing effect. Once this effect wears off, the ginsengs take over to maintain your energy level throughout the day and evening.

Note: Taking ginsengs over a long period of time is not recommended. It is important to understand that only proper rest and sleep can truly overcome fatigue. It is preferable to take a break from taking ginsengs for one week after a month of daily consumption. This will let you know whether your body requires another boost, or whether it has regained its normal energy level!

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