What are adaptogens?
Adaptogens are non-toxic herbs and mushrooms which increase our resistance to stress by restoring balance in the body in myriad ways. Think of them as nature’s therapist, but on a cellular level. They’re called adaptogens because they literally adapt their function according to your body’s specific needs in any environment.
How some of them work...
By supporting your adrenal glands, allowing your body’s cells to access more energy, helping to eliminate toxins or using oxygen more efficiently. The benefits are both internal and external - increased energy, balanced hormones, a boosted immune system, better cognitive function, reduced anxiety, balanced blood-sugar levels, glowing skin and even a higher sex-drive.
Ok, but who would benefit from adaptogens you might ask?
“Anyone who is living a modern, dynamic life - who travels, gets stuck in traffic, engages with technology, works in an office or takes care of a family.” So pretty much everyone.
8 of the more common adaptogens found in products today:
Ashwaganda - referred to as the “royal herb” and one of the most popular in ayurveda, it has been claimed that it can reduce anxiety by up to 44 per cent.
Chaga - containing vast amounts of antioxidants, this medicinal mushroom is praised for boosting immunity and slowing down the ageing process.
Cordyceps - another powerful immune booster, this mushroom also activates energy production in the body's cells, making it ideal for enhancing athletic performance and exercise recovery.
Lion’s mane - nerve growth factors found in this mushroom link its benefits with cognitive health and enhanced brain function.
Maca - this Peruvian root is linked to increased strength, energy, stamina, libido and sexual function.
Shilajit - known in Ayurvedic medicine as "conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness" it helps lift a lowered libido and balance sex hormones.
Shatavari - this plant has been used to treat female reproductive issues such as symptoms of menopause for centuries and a 2018 study suggested that it may even improve polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Reishi - this multitasking mushroom is lauded for its ability to regulate cortisol levels and provide liver support, both of which help promote better skin. It’s also known to have a calming effect on the mind.