What are adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a select group of herbs and mushrooms that while consumed, support the body’s ability to deal with stress naturally.  These herbs and mushrooms are called adaptogens because of their amazing ability to adapt to the specific needs (physical, chemical, and/or biological) of the body.  Adaptogens are commonly used in many sport supplements, lifestyle supplements, and holistic doctors may suggest them as a healthy alternative before prescribing medication.  Here is a list of some (not all) common adaptogens you may of heard of:

  • Ginseng - improves general well-being, physical stamina, and concentration. Ginseng has shown to improve immunity and slow the aging process.
  • Bacopa – improves memory and reduces anxiety
  • Holy Basilstudies show that holy basil can protect your body against toxic chemicals. It may also prevent cancer by reducing the growth of cancerous cells.
  • Reishi Mushroomknown as the “Queen of Mushrooms”, Reishi Mushroom has a variety of potential health benefits, including boosting the immune system and fighting cancer.
  • Ashwagandhareduce blood sugar levels, reduce cortisol levels, reduce stress and anxiety, reduce symptoms of depression, reduce inflammation, increase strength, improve brain function, and more…
  • Maca Rootimprove mood and increase energy and endurance
  • Rosemaryhelps prevent brain aging and helps improve memory
  • Rhodiolaimprove exercise performance, energy, and brain function

 

 

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