What are Adaptogens?
Adaptogens have a normalizing effect on the body teasing its ability to resist the damaging effects of stress, anxiety, fatigue and trauma, and creating homeostasis throughout the body's systems. Each adaptogen also offers its own unique specialties.
Ginseng: This herb-based tincture is a tonic for longevity and strength. Ginseng can also boost energy.
Maca is A powerhouse Peruvian tuber, Maca balances hormones, and supports the adrenals and thyroid.
Ashwagandha is a vital Ayurvedic healing herb. Ashwagandha is a male tonic and used for anxiety and insomnia. boosts energy and endurance.
As an adaptogen, Schisandra (Schizandra) is a potent general tonic, decreasing fatigue, enhancing physical performance, and promoting endurance. The berry counters stress by reducing the levels of stress hormones in the blood. Additionally, Schisandra offers great benefits for athletes.
Do Adaptogens Really Work?
Proponents believe so, though more research is needed. Adaptogens may do for your adrenal glands what exercise does for your muscles, Dr. Brenda Powell, co-medical director of the Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute said the following in a February 2018 Time magazine article: “When we exercise, it’s a stress on our body. But as we continue to train and exercise, our body becomes better at dealing with the stress of it, so we no longer get as tired or as high a heart rate,” she says. When you take adaptogens, meanwhile, “you’re training your body to handle the effects of stress.”
Powell says the plants do this by interacting with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the sympathoadrenal system, both of which are involved in the body’s response to stress. Adaptogens may tweak hormone production and physiological responses to stress to ensure that your body—from your mind to your immune system to your energy levels—functions as it should, Powell says.