Adaptogens: What Are They and How Can You Benefit?
If you haven’t been living under a rock the past few years, you’ve probably heard of ‘adaptogens’.
They’re used in supplements, teas, foods, and even skincare products.
Most of all, they are used to help regulate stress hormones.
In the past few years, this type of product has become immensely popular, as more and more Western cultures realize the importance of stress management for health.
In fact, herbal dietary supplements are one of the fastest growing category of health products on the market:
OK, But what ARE adaptogens?Adaptogen is a word used to describe plants that have been used as a medicine for millennia, which generally help the body and mind adapt to stress.
“Stress” means elevated ‘stress hormones’ such as cortisol, epinephrine (“adrenaline), or others.
Adaptogens help to down or up-regulate these hormones in order to create a more balanced, healthy stress response
You can take adaptogens in a few different ways:
You can buy teas, powders, lotions, and capsules. Adaptogens can come in single ingredient forms (like ashwagandha), or in blends of ingredients that work well together (such as various adaptogen mushroom products).
Most people prefer to take capsules due to ease of use and lack of any bitter aftertaste.
How can they help ME?Adaptogens work to normalize the body’s response to stress.
Sometimes, environmental factors - work, a relationship, home, or other circumstances, can create an “internal environment” of stress.
Taking adaptogens is a way to downregulate production of these “stress chemicals”.
When you are in ‘stress’, your body is basically in ‘fight or flight mode’.
This means that biologically, your body is reacting to the equivalent of a bear attacking you.
This can be extremely detrimental not only to short term well-being but to long-term health.
Supplementing with adaptogens can lead to better mood, less anxiety, but most importantly, lower stress leads to better long term health.
BUT - Do they actually work?
While most of the data from adaptogens stems from thousands of years of anecdotal evidence from Eastern cultures, there has been limited data provided by western science.
More recently, increased funding has been made available showing the benefits of these herbs, and the results confirm what eastern cultures have known for thousands of years:
What’s most important, though, is people are realizing that nature can provide powerful solutions to our everyday problems.
So which ones should you use?
Ashwagandha is one of the most popular adaptogens for a reason.
It helps create balance, regulating the hormonal profile up or down depending on the environment.
If you lack energy, generally you’ll notice an increase. If you have too much energy or anxiety, ashwagandha can help calm you down.
Please note, Ashwagandha should be taken daily for at least 2 weeks before expecting to see results.
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2. Reishi Mushroom
Reish mushroom extract and mushroom extracts in general have grown in popularity over the past few years. Lion’s mane and Reishi mushroom extract are two of the most popular.
Reishi has a calming and anti-anxiety effect. It’s great for unwinding in the evening or calming anxiety during the day.
Reishi is a staple ingredient in our mushroom complex:
3. Lion’s Mane
Lion’s Mane is known for increasing cognitive function, decreasing depression or anxiety, protecting the brain and nervous system, and preventing ulcers in the digestive tract.
Supplementing with Lion’s Mane can provide a potent boost in cognition, memory, and performance.
We combine Lion’s Mane with the most potent mushroom adaptogens available in our Mushroom Complex:
Overall, supplementing with adaptogens is a great way to help decrease stress levels, and improve your overall quality of life.
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