Imagine how much better your quality of life would be if you could eliminate the negative effects of all the stress we are subject to each day.
Adaptogens are herbs that help us adapt to the environment as well as any forms of stress that might be around us.
Each day we are subjected to mental, physical, emotional and environmental stressors that all have a negative effect on our overall health and the amount we are exposed to each day varies. It is estimated that as many as 80% of all doctors visits are for stress-related conditions.
Imagine how much better your quality of life would be if…
If you did not continually feel stressed-out.
If you could sleep like a baby every night.
If feeling depressed all day, was a thing of the past.
If you did not suffer from a lack of energy that required you to consume energy drinks, cup after cup of coffee, or sugar-laden snacks all day… just to make it through the day.
If you could normalize your weight.
If the inflammation and joint pain you have been told is a normal part of the aging process, disappeared.
If you could regain the libido you once enjoyed.
If you could strengthen your immune system and become less susceptible to many of the health challenges that seem to plague many of us as we age.
Adaptogens offer tremendous potential for keeping stress levels at a minimum and benefiting overall health.
Ashwagandha (also known as winter cherry) is an adaptogenic herb has been used in India for centuries to enhance the body’s resistive functions during high-stress situations.
In a large clinical trial, ashwagandha reduced levels of the hormone cortisol by up to 26% while maintaining already normal blood sugar levels and lipid profiles. Subjects who took the standardized ashwagandha extract reported improvements in energy, sleep and wellbeing, as well as diminished fatigue. Additional research suggests that ashwagandha confers neuroprotection by supporting the regeneration of axons and dendrites, nerve cell components that support brain and nervous system function.
Some of the findings of over 200 ashwagandha studies are summarized below:
Confers immune system protection.
Combats the effects of stress.
Improves learning, memory, and reaction time.
Reduces anxiety and depression without causing drowsiness.
Stabilizes blood sugar.Lowers cholesterol.
Reduces brain cell degeneration.
Contains anti-malarial properties.
Offers anti-inflammatory benefits.
Schizandraha (also spelt as schizandra) has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,000 years.
As an adaptogen, schizandra is a potent general tonic, decreasing fatigue, enhancing physical performance, and promoting endurance. The berry counters stress by reducing the levels of stress hormones in the blood. Additionally, schizandra offers great benefits for athletes.
In human studies, schizandra berry and its extracts have improved performance among long-distance runners, skiers and gymnasts. For this reason, schizandra berry is often found on the training tables of Chinese athletes.
Schizandra also offers special benefits for the mind.
Several human studies show that schizandra extract improves concentration, coordination and endurance. Schizandra helps to prevent mental fatigue and increases accuracy and quality of work. In various human clinical studies with doctors, students, soldiers and other groups, schizandra demonstrated superior mind-sharpening powers.
Rhodiola Roseais, a remarkable herb that has a wide and varied history of uses. It is thought to strengthen the nervous system, fight depression, enhance immunity, elevate the capacity for exercise, enhance memory, aid weight reduction, increase sexual function and improve energy levels. It has long been known as a potent adaptogen.
Panax Ginseng (Asian Ginseng) is one of the most highly regarded of herbal medicines in the Orient, where it has gained an almost magical reputation for being able to promote health, general body vigor, to prolong life and treat many ailments including depression, diabetes, fatigue, ageing, inflammations, internal degeneration, nausea, tumors, pulmonary problems, dyspepsia, vomiting, nervousness, stress, and ulcers.
Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) is a member of the mint, or Labiatae, family. Also known as “Tulsi” or “The Incomparable One,” holy basil is one of the most sacred plants in India.
Maral Root (Rhaponticum Carthamoides) Modern research conducted in Russia and Eastern Europe indicates that maral root may indeed exert a beneficial effect cases of impotence, improve memory and learning, increase working capacity of tired skeletal muscles, and possess anabolic and adaptogenic properties.
Maca is the powdered root of the Lepidium Meyenii plant and is an adaptogenic famous for longevity, endurance, and fertility. Known for its ability to support healthy energy levels, maca has been used by the Incas as a kind of “Incan superfood” for thousands of years.
Shiitake Mushrooms Long a symbol of longevity in Asia because of their health-promoting properties, shiitake mushrooms have been used medicinally by the Chinese for more than 6,000 years.
Turmeric is a spice that comes from the root of Curcuma longa, a beautiful flowering tropical plant native to India. Within the cornucopia of medicinal plants, few possess such a wide spectrum of qualities and medicinal uses as turmeric.
Chlorella is a potent detoxifier, because it is rich in chlorophyll. When chlorella is taken into your body, it will bind to lingering heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides found in your digestive tract and move them swiftly out of the body. A very unusual feature of chlorella is that while it removes toxins it will not bind to or remove beneficial minerals like calcium, magnesium, or zinc.
Ionic Trace Minerals, Trimethylglycine (TMG), Copper Gluconate, Taurine, Tyrosine, Vitamin A, Vitamins B 1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and B12, Vitamin C (as 50% Calcium ascorbate and 50% Magnesium ascorbate), Vitamin D3.