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What is an Adaptogen?

Saturday, June 5, 2021 • 1 minute read

Adaptogens are non-toxic plants or other natural substances that improve resistance to both external and internal stressors. Examples of stressors include bacteria, toxins, and psychological stress.

To put things simply adaptogens assist your body to handle stress, they bring you back to the centre and create balance within the body. Many are herbs and roots which have been used for centuries in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine but have become fashionable again today as science begins to rediscover what these ancient healing traditions have known all along. Some plants that are considered adaptogens include Ginseng, Rhodiola, Bacopa, and Ashwagandha.

Adaptogens are used for many conditions including fatigue, anxiety and to aid with cognitive function. Adaptogens are thought to reduce the negative effects of stress on the body. Adaptogens are also believed to reduce inflammation.

Research into this area is still in its infancy but early results look promising. Adaptogens act on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis as well as the sympathoadrenal system. These internal systems are involved in the body’s response to stress. Adaptogens may also affect hormone production and physiological responses to stress ensuring your body continues to perform at its best.