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Spinach and other vegetable dope 

The cartoon about the sailor Popaya turned out to be truthful: spinach really has qualities that make it possible to call him a dope. A number of other plants also have a stimulating effect. Many of them, however, have contraindications. For example, ginseng, Rhodiola rosea and Eleutherococcus should not be used for liver diseases, epilepsy or high blood pressure.
Spinach
Spinach contains ecdysterone, a compound known since the 1980s as a muscle growth stimulator. Later in its effectiveness doubted, but recently the journal Archives of Toxicology published a study indicating that the substance works. As part of the experiment, those who took ecdysterone increased muscle mass up to 2 kg in 10 weeks and their endurance increased. According to the results of the experiment, scientists recommended that WADA add the compound to the doping list and track its intake.
Ginseng
“The root of life” increases the body’s resistance to harmful effects due to glycosides. These substances improve the permeability of cell membranes and the digestibility of all the minerals and vitamins they need, which are also abundant in ginseng.
Guarana
This evergreen shrub, growing in the wilds of the Amazon, stimulates the body due to the caffeine contained in its seeds. In addition, the seeds of guarana are theophylline and theobromine (pacemakers), antioxidants and vitamins.
Eleutherococcus
This cousin of ginseng grows in the Far East and Siberia and acts in much the same way. In microdoses included in the classic drink recipe “Baikal”.
Cocoa
Its grains contain a ton of theobromine, which acts like caffeine, only softer. Also present in the cocoa neurontransmitter anandamide. This compound helps fight depression and also increases the resistance of the heart to the arrhythmogenic effect of ischemia and reperfusion by activating CB2 receptors. No wonder stress is sometimes treated with chocolate.
Rhodiola rosea
Grows in many regions of Russia. At the root of this plant is salidrozid, which helps protect red blood cells from oxidative stress and accelerates energy metabolism in the muscles and brain.
Yohimbe
A strong aphrodisiac is made from the bark of this tree, stimulating the libido and providing a rush of blood to the corresponding parts of the body.
Coffee
It contains caffeine – a stimulant that causes a steady, albeit mild, addiction.

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