Why You Need Adaptogens
Herbs used for their beneficial stress fighting properties have been around used for a long time. But recently they’ve become mainstream as more and more of us look for natural ways to heal and help our bodies.
Adaptogens help the body fight biochemical and psychological stressors that attack our hormonal systems. They help balance your adrenal system and aid your body in its fight or flight systems.
There are many unique adaptogenic herbs and each has its own abilities and ways to specifically help your body. Below are three adaptogens that you can try.
Ashwagandha- Is a plant found mostly in India and has been used for centuries in ancient Indian medicine. it is most often used in powder form for its ability to fight stress. And stress can come from many sources, your body doesn’t care. Once it presents itself it has to deal with it.
Ashwagandha is best used for reducing anxiety and stress, memory improvement and aiding in neurological diseases such as Alzheimers. Ashwagandha powder can be mixed into teas and smoothies or you can take it in supplement form.
I can attest to the power of Ashwagandha to battle stress and take it everyday.
Chaga- The Chaga plant is actually a mushroom that grows on weakened trees, mostly in Russia and Siberia. According to study published in the National Library of Health, Chaga may be beneficial in reducing oxidative damage by almost 55%. It is also believed to aid in treating digestive issues.
Chaga, in it’s powder form can be brewed into teas or you can take it as a daily supplement. Chaga has also been shown to reduce blood sugar levels and repress tumor growth. In another study by the NIH, tumor cells in mice were shown to have a 60% reduction after using Chaga and can support be a support to the immune system during chemotherapy.
Maca- The Maca plant comes from Peru and is known for its powers to increase the libido, balance hormones and improve fertility. Maca also contains many micronutrients that the body needs to function well.
I like to add a teaspoon of Maca powder to my smoothie or protein shake, but it can also be taken in supplement form.
There are many more adaptogens that do even more great things for the body. Do you already take some adaptogenic herbs or was this news to you? Let me know below.