Adaptogens: What are they and how they can help you

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Did you know adaptogens were first studied to help pilots to stay awake and be less stressed during World War 2?

You may have tried adaptogens, or maybe you've never heard of them. Adaptogens are on the upswing and here to stay. Learn why below.

What are adaptogens?

According to Google, adaptogens are defined as "a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes." Adaptogens can be herbs, roots, and even fungi such as Reishi.

Chronic stress is harmful to the body and causes physical changes to the immune, neurological, and endocrine systems.

Adaptogens offer a buffer between stress and its effects on the body. They help the body return to its most desired stage: homeostasis.

While some adaptogens are taken for general health and well-being, other people take them for specific issues like anxiety, sleep, fatigue, or physical performance. 

Why are adaptogens becoming more popular?

Today, many individuals are considering natural alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs for various reasons. People are also more stressed today in 2020 than ever before. With substances that could possibly help with stress and its destructive effects on the body, there's no surprise they're growing in popularity.

What are the most common adaptogens?

Some adaptogens can be more activating, while others are more calming. Some examples of activating adaptogens include cordyceps (a type of mushroom), Panax ginseng, and Rhodiola Rosea.

More calming adaptogens include ashwagandha, holy basil, and reishi mushroom.  

Even better news is that there are even documented, studies that support their effectiveness.

Adaptogens have been around for centuries. There is new light being shed on them and their potential to protect the human body from modern stress. Explore the adaptogens we use in our supplements below!


The Science

1) A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults.

Chandrasekhar, K., Kapoor, J., and Anishetty, S. (2012). Indian J Psychol Med 34, 255-262.

2) An investigation into the stress-relieving and pharmacological actions of an ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) extract: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

Lopresti, A.L., Smith, S.J., Malvi, H., and Kodgule, R. (2019). Medicine (Baltimore) 98, e17186.

3) The Clinical Efficacy and Safety of Tulsi in Humans: A Systematic Review of the Literature.

Jamshidi, N., Cohen, M.M. (2017). Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2017, 9217567. 

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