What Are Adaptogens?

What are Adaptogens? Why is Everyone Talking About Them?

Adaptogens are natural herbal substances used to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, hormonal issues, libido, problematic skin, and so on.

You might be seeing or hearing people talking about them on social media, but really don’t understand what they are or how to even use them.

Just like anything else, you should consult with a doctor before using any new supplement, as you are not sure how these will react with your body.

Adaptogens need to be taken daily in order for you to start seeing results. One time use here or there won’t have much of an effect on your overall body.

Adaptogens are powerful foods, so be sure to consume in small doses and work your way up.

To start, below are some commonly used adaptogens and their benefits:

  • Ashwagandha - Helps reduce stress levels, creates a strong immune system and  balances your hormone levels. This can be easily mixed in your matcha, coffees, or smoothies. Ashwagandha has a bitter taste.

  • Ashitaba - A vegan blood builder - rich source of vitamin B12. Can be mixed in smoothies, beverages, and even salad dressings!

  • Chaga - A form of medical mushrooms that can be used to calm the mind and get ready for bedtime.

  • Cordyceps - A form of medical mushrooms that supports the immune system, athletic endurance, mental power and muscle tissue. Can be used to make Mushroom “Coffee”, teas and tonics.

  • He Shou Wu - Supports and nourishes healthy hair, skin and nails as well as the nervous system. Mix this in with smoothies and elixirs.

  • Macuna Pruriens - Known to enhance brain function, relax the nervous system, elevate your mood, and overall well-being. Can be mixed with smoothies, teas, and tonics.

  • Moringa - Meaning “miracle tree” which includes high levels of nutrients. Known to relieve stress, strengthen digestion, and support weight balance. Can be mixed in smoothies, teas and tonics.

  • Reishi - A form of medical mushrooms that can be used to support immune function, mental clarity, and stress relief. Can be used to make Mushroom “Coffee”, teas, and tonics.

  • Tocos - No, not tacos -- TOCOS! A rice bran soluble that is linked to promoting healthy skin and connective tissues. Tocos can facilitate the removal of toxins in the body. Mix this with smoothies, moon milks, teas, coffee, etc.

 

XX Megan