Adaptogens are essentially, substances that adapt to your body to help protect mitigate the negative effects stress may have on it.
Adaptogens originated as part of the Ayurvedic diet and traditional Chinese medicine although the name “adaptogen” was not officially coined until 1947.
One of the most common adaptogens available is turmeric. Known for over a thousand years, turmeric, or the active ingredient contained in it – cur cumin, can assist in the reduction of inflammation as well as improve mood.
Adaptogens or non-toxic plants are combined together in exact dosages and weights. When taken, can help defend it against stress. In theory, these herbs, combined in the correct dosage, can help create a synergistic and beneficial effect on the body and support resistance to stress.
Why Take Adaptogens?
Unlike other supplements, adaptogens are taken when you specifically want to improve your mind and mood or have less stress.
Whether or not they work may in fact depend on how receptive your body is and of course, dosage. One thing is certain, these types of “remedies” have been in use for a long, long time.
Before beginning a new health regiment, you are advised to consult with your physician. Although there is little chance that any harm may come from the consumption of adaptogens, some people do have allergic reactions to certain herbs and plants.
Adaptogens In The Body
Thought to help the body repel or mitigate stress in the body, adaptogens include common supplements like ginseng and aloe as well as reishi, gotu kola and milk thistle.
The most common effects of these herbs in the body is the “reduction” of stress. This is often manifested by a calmer disposition.
So, which adaptogen should you use? This really depends on the potency and quality of the supplement that you choose to take as well as your body’s reaction to each one.
Some people respond better to holy basil, for example, than they do to Asian ginseng. The best way to see what works for you is to try a trusted brand and begin with a common adaptogen such as ashwagandha.
Here is a list of some common adaptogens to consider:
- Aloe vera
- Asian ginseng
- Ginseng eleuthero
- Gotu kola
- Holy basil
- Licorice root
- Milk thistle
You should consider adding adaptogens to your diet if you find that you are more stressed than could reasonably be expected. Taking into consideration other factors is also recommended, such as a restriction of calories, caffeine and sugar, all of which can contribute to stress inadvertently.