What are Adaptogens?

The perfect companion aiding you through life mishaps

Adaptogens can help your body adapt to life’s mishaps. There are certain herbs, superfoods and certain mushrooms that aid our bodies in reacting and recovering from both short and long term physical or mental stress. Some also boost immunity and overall well-being. Research shows adaptogens can combat fatigue, enhance mental performance, ease depression and anxiety, and help you thrive rather than just muddle through.

Think of Adaptogens adapting to everything life throws at it and aiding to overcome it.  

Sound too good to be true? Here is how they work. 

Adaptogens work at a molecular level by regulating a stable balance in the hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal glands. These are involved in the stress response. Adaptogens work by “hacking” the stress response in the body.

Typically, when our bodies are stressed, we go through three stages of stress:

  • alarm phase

  • phase of resistance

  • phase of exhaustion

Experiencing stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing and in some cases can lead to an increase in productivity but having chronic persistent bouts of either physical or emotional stress certainly isn’t good for your long term health.

Let’s take an example of stress and how adaptogens aid your response.

When your body experiences any kind of stress, a hormone called Cortisol is released by your adrenal glands. Now, like stress, cortisol can have a positive impact on the body, helping to control blood sugar levels, regulate metabolism and help stimulate the ‘flight or fight response’ to whatever ‘danger’ your body or brain is experiencing.

However, too much cortisol can lead to more serious negative health consequences such as high blood pressure, muscle weakness, anxiety, and in many studies has been correlated with depression.

This is where the Adaptogens comes in. Recognising the high level of cortisol in the blood the adaptogen interacts with the hormone to normalize it and change the internal physiology. This reduction in cortisol allows the individual to get back on the path to feeling normal again. For combating stress, the adaptogens we would highly recommend are Astragalus and Ashwagandha. We provide a full guide of what benefits each adaptogens provide below.

Here are some of the benefits to Adaptogens:

  • Improve overall wellbeing

  • Increase energy

  • increase mental work capacity,

  • Enhance attention

  • Reduce Fatigue

  • Optimise organ function

  • Reduce stress response

  • Increase inner strength

  • Improve blood sugar levels

  • Optimise protein synthesis

  • Reduce inflammatory cortisol levels

  • Improve cholesterol ratios

  • Regulate the hormonal balance

As you can see, according to extensive research on Adaptogens, they might actually be as good as they sound.

Here are some of the most well known adaptogens and what benefits they aid best in. 

Adaptogen

Potential benefit

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

Boosts working memory, reaction time, calmness, and immune system

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Reduces stress and anxiety

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)

Combats fatigueTrusted Source

Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris)

Boosts stamina

Goji berry (Lycium barbarum)

Boosts energy, physical and mental performance, calmness, and sense of well-being, and can also improve sleep

Eluethero root (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

Improves focus and staves off mental fatigue

Jiaogulan (Gynostemma Pentaphyllum)

Reduces stress and boosts endurance

Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Reduces stress

Rhodiola rosea (R. rosea)

Staves off physical and mental fatigue

Schisandra berry/Magnolia berry (Schisandra chinensis)

Boosts endurance, mental performance, and working capacity

Tulsi/Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum)

Reduces physical and mental stress, stress-related anxiety, and depression

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Boosts brain function and reduces depression

 

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