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Looking for the food equivalent of clean energy--you know, something that’s going to keep you going without the jangling high of caffeine or bitter crash of sugar? Have some adaptogens, the so-called super-herbs that are popping up in juices, teas and even snacks. These herbs are known for their stress relief and other benefits (like stirring romance); check out our where-to-get-them guide.

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Long used in Eastern medicine as an anti-depressant, it’s supposed to aid concentration and jump-start libido. Try a shot of it in tonic form ($8), then chase it with another juice to wash away its slightly bitter and earthy taste.

Juice Served Here, 609 S. Lincoln Blvd., Venice; 310-310-8546 or

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This Peruvian herb is said to restore hormonal balance--and act as an aphrodisiac--for both men and women. Get a taste in toffee walnuts ($6) coated in the stuff.

Moon Juice, 2839 Sunset Blvd.; 213-908-5407 or

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Take this mushroom to regulate blood pressure and quell anxiety. Try it dried and combined with spices, Stevia, ghee and coconut oil in the popular Golden Tonic ($10).

Erewhon Natural Foods, 7660 Beverly Blvd.; 323-937-0777 or

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The extract of the chaga mushroom ($30) is known for its anti-cancer properties. Put a few drops of the tincture into hot chocolate for increased vitality.

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Know how you’re feeling great when caffeine courses through your bloodstream, except when you drink too much, get shaky and then crash from the eventual glucose drop-off? Get help with the comedown from instant coffee laced with this medicinal mushroom ($15).

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