Adaptogens and your body

The term adaptogen was first used back in 1947 to give a name to a group of plants that help the body resist stressors. However, many adaptogens have been used in traditional medicine for centuries.

What are adaptogens?

As their name suggests they adapt to what your body needs, if your body needs more energy, they get active and if you need to wind down they help you do so.

Adaptogens work a bit like an intervention. When we face a stressor, our bodies go through a 3-stage response called GAS- general adaptation syndrome. The stages are:

  • Alarm
  • Resistance
  • And exhaustion.

An adaptogen helps our body stay in the resistance stage, helping us continue through whatever stress we're dealing with. 

With continued use the idea is that adaptogens restore the body’s natural immune function and ability to adapt to different stressors, restoring wellness and vitality.

How adaptogens help

By regulating our response to stress, adaptogens can help us:

  • Reduce cortisol levels
  • Increase energy
  • Improve blood sugar levels
  • Balance hormones
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Prevent chronic stress
  • Support immunity

Whilst more scientific research is needed into the effects of different adaptogens, initial research is promising. To find out more about two different uses for adaptogens click below.

Adaptogens to aid immunity

Adaptogens to aid stress

The below table shows a few typical adaptogens with their most common uses.

Turmeric 

Can boost brain function and reduces depression

Tulsi/Holy basil 

Helps reduce physical and mental stress, stress-related anxiety, and depression

Goji berry

Can boosts energy, physical and mental performance, calmness and can help improve sleep.

Ashwagandha

Helps Reduces stress and anxiety

Reishi

Helps to boost immunity

Rhodiola

Helps mediate fight-or-flight stress responses to lower anxiety, fatigue, and depression

Maca

Primarily associated with energy and fertility

Liquorice

Helps increase energy and endurance and help boost the immune system

Astragalus root

Helps reduce stress and ageing by protecting the telomeres (structures linked with agin, located at the end of each chromosome)

Nettle

An adaptogen herb that supports the adrenal glands and give added energy

Matcha tea

Helps support healthy glucose responses and combats the body’s inflammatory responses.

 

Superfood juices with adaptogens

Many of our juices contain adaptogens. For example our Elixir Vitality juice contains Goji berries. Our blended greens juice contains nettle juice. And our apple ginger and turmeric juice contains turmeric.

For an easy way to add adaptogens to your diet order your superfood juices today.