Learn about adaptogens, like Ashwagandha, that help your body with stress.
Adaptogens, although they’ve been around for centuries, is quickly becoming a buzz word among the health and wellness world.
Many may be wondering, what exactly are adaptogens and what all are we talking about here?
What are Adaptogens?
Adaptogens are a unique class of healing plants found to help balance, restore, and protect the body. Adaptogens are thought to not have a specific action, but to help one respond to influences or stressors, normalizing one’s physiological functions. Such as having a demanding job, fighting an illness, or feeling that there just isn’t enough hours in a day.
How does it work?
There is a lot continuously happening in the body to help us handle everyday stressors. When people are stuck in this stressful state for long periods of time, this can start to burn out one’s adrenal glands and stress the digestive tract. There is limited scientific research, however, adaptogens are thought to help tweak hormone production and physiological responses to stress and help the body establish homeostasis.
Take Home Message
Ashwagandha, Maca, Ginseng, Holy Basil, Astragalus root, Licorice root, Rhodiola Rosea are adaptogens that may help your body become more resilient to the demanding effects of chronic stress. These are found at Market 5-ONE-5 as adaptogen teas, tinctures and supplements. You can add adaptogens to foods you enjoy munching on, or mix the powders into your smoothies throughout the day.
Please Note: A review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that interactions may make drugs less effective and can be harmful to one’s health. Therefore, it is always important to speak to your health care provider before adding in adaptogens to your diet.
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Awortwe. C., et al. (2018). Critical evaluation of causality assessment of herb-drug interactions in patients. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 4(84), 679-693. doi: https://bpspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/bcp.13490