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Unlike the pharma biggies, adaptogens were not born yesterday. They have been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese traditional medicine for centuries. But its acceptance by modern science and medicine has come recently after a number of studies found evidence and supported what the ancient medical sciences and wellness experts in this field already knew.
Adaptogenic ingredients like Ashwagandha, Moringa, Ginseng, and Maca are finding their ways in healthy food items, packaged juices, chocolates, beauty products, smoothies, etc. They are now been seen as a sustainable alternative to help overcoming stress and build our bodies natural immunity.
Adaptogens help us in feeling calmer while dealing with day-to-day challenges. Not only that, they also help normalize our body’s functioning when faced with any biochemical form of stress, strenuous physical activity, lack of sleep, etc
Meet the super herbs that were around since ancient days but have suddenly come into prominence. As the new stress-fighting super-foods as they have the ability to help our body adapt to the modern day stresses and handle it in a healthier way (instead of making us feel run down and exhausted).
These herbal ingredients help in improving the adrenal glands, the organs that manage our body’s response to stress by producing hormones. They build up body’s response to stress which enhances its ability to manage stress fatigue and anxiety. They are thus aptly called The Adaptogens due of their ability to “adapt” the secretion of hormonal functions as per to the specific needs of our bodies. The potential of these super herbs to improve all health related to and beauty is immense.
A list of Major Adaptogenic Herbs -
- Eleuthero Root - It is used in stressful situations. It improves energy, work output, mental alertness, and performance. It also leads to reduced fatigue and better sleep. It is extensively used in Russia and unlike ginseng, it does not cause over stimulation after long use.
- Ginseng – It helps to reduce stress and enhance immunity. It is also a digestive tonic with an anti-aging effect.
- Cordyceps – It s entry in the regular course of food choices was inspired by the efficacy Chinese athletes at the Olympic games in Beijing which led to a clinical and pharmacological research into the health benefits of cordyceps. It balances the immune system and also calms down the hyper-immune reactions.
- He Shou Wu - This is a traditional Chinese medicine used as an anti-aging tonic. It has traditionally also been used for low back pain, tinnitus, dizziness, and poor vision. It also has a cholesterol-lowering effect.
- Ashwaganda – A much used Indian Ayurvedic medicine, ashwaganda is an adrenal and nervine tonic that helps depression, exhaustion, anxiety and poor muscle tone. It is also effective for treatment of stress related sexual dysfunction. Generally, Ashwaganda is a one of the best adaptogen for women.
- Schizandra - A general tonic that balances the entire body by improving circulation, strengthening the heart, aiding digestion and increasing bile secretion
- Astragalus – It is a herb used in Chinese traditional medicine to strengthen immunity and boost energy. It also has benefits in treatment of allergic asthma.
- Holy Basil – This is used in Ayurvedic medicine as a general tonic. It lowers the cholesterol levels and blood pressure and protects the heart. It also stabilizes the blood sugar levels.
- Rhodiola - An adaptogen from Russia, it aids memory, mental clarity, and energy and stress reduction. It is an astringent that finds common use.
- Reishi (Ganoderma) - This is a medicinal mushroom that has immune enhancing effects. Reishi improves sleep, relaxes muscles, aids heart function, reduces cholesterol, eases chronic pain, and has strong antioxidant effects. It also acts as a general health tonic.