Adaptogens seem to be every where and not just in your smoothie. You might find them in a latte, tea, supplements, beauty products, or your hot chocolate. So, it might leave you wondering what are adaptogens? If you aren’t familiar with what an adaptogen is, it might sound like it’s coming out of a sci-fi movie or something straight from a Transformers cartoon. You might be surprised to find out that some adaptogens have been used for thousands of years for recovery, vitality and longevity.
What are Adaptogens?
Adaptogens are plants that help your body respond, or adapt, to physical and mental stressors. Your body’s response to stress is important because it helps you survive but if your body has been in stress overdrive because of the realities of modern-day life, then it can alter your stress response. Adaptogens aren’t harmful and they won’t cause your body to react in a way they wouldn’t normally. They help normalize your function by supporting the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis and immune-neuro-endocrine system. Adaptogens might help lower your cortisol if it’s high but won’t prevent your body from making needed cortisol.
They are generally safe for everyone, but it is recommended you discuss talking to a proficient provider to see how adaptogens can support your wellness regimen. They also aren’t a magic bullet. If you are experiencing symptoms of stress, then it’s important to dig to find causes of stress to remove them.
There is no magic herb that is going to fix your problem; especially since the same symptoms can have different causes. The body is like a Swiss watch with all the different gears impacting the other gears. I do recommend certain adaptogens more because they have a lot of the constituents many people need to help fuel repairs to the body.
So, what are adaptogens I really like? Here’s 4 that are helpful for many people.
4 Common Adaptogens
1 – Astragalus – This is my favorite herb. I love this herb for feeding the immune response and the many other reasons to love this life changing herb. There are 126 different components in this herb and is one of the most component dense herbs on the planet. It helps with DNA repair and lengthening to help with longevity. There is still so much to know about how they work together to buffer the effects of stressors. What we do know is this herb can not only support your immune response but also adrenal function, digestive function, blood sugar metabolism, and many other benefits.
Learn more about the benefits astragalus in this video with Dr. Patrick Flynn: