Ginger: Health Benefits, Side Effects, and How to Take It

Greg Potter

It’s thought that people in India and China have used ginger therapeutically for at least 5,000 years, and ginger was probably used to spice up foods long before this. Over the years, interest in ginger has waxed and waned, with notable surges when Queen Elizabeth I reportedly invented the gingerbread man and now again in the 21st century as people turn to ginger shots and other spicy concoctions in the hope of garnering a range of health benefits. But is ginger a legitimate health booster, or is this all just spicy hype? Today we’ll look at what's known about the science of...

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L-Tyrosine: Effects on Exercise and Health, and How to Take It

Greg Potter

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at how L-tyrosine affects cognitive performance, mood, and emotion regulation. Today we’ll explore other effects of L-tyrosine, including whether it affects your exercise performance, your ability to regulate your body temperature, and your thyroid function. We’ll end by assessing the best ways to take L-tyrosine, and whether some people should think twice before they try it.     Key takeaways L-tyrosine might be helpful for exercise done in cold conditions that requires fine-motor skills and/or a lot of cognitive effort. If you’re middle aged or older, taking L-tyrosine before cold exposure can...

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