Curious why you keep seeing the word “adaptogen” in every health and wellness product? Wondering what on earth they could possibly be, if they are a scam, and if you should invest in buying them in capsule form? I’m laying out the facts today and telling you exactly why you should upgrade your supplement game by implementing our team’s favorite adaptogens into your morning routine. This blog post is going to cover exactly what some of the most notorious herbal pharmaceuticals are and how they work to effectively counteract the effects of stress in the body.
#1 Ginseng (Your Key to Prevention)
You probably have seen ginseng on the ingredients label of various energy drinks. You may not have known that ginseng actually helps fight off fatigue, depression and stress. Ginseng is crowned the KING of reducing stress so you can conquer whatever stressors come up in your daily life. Ginseng even has the power to prevent autoimmune disease.
#2 Maca (Not to be Confused with Matcha!)
Maca, another trending smoothie and herbal beverage add-in, is growing in popularity due to its unique ingredient profile that specifically helps to boosts overall mood. Surprisingly, maca has a rich, nutty taste and can be added into numerous recipes for tasty surge of energy. Maca makes a great pre-workout addition as it increases endurance so you can max out your next workout!
#3 Ashwagandha (Your New Gym Buddy)
Known as Indian Ginseng, this medicinal herb will be your best friend when you go to hit the gym as it can help you reduce stress, increase muscle mass and gain overall strength. Forget supplementing with ancient vitamin c pills or overloading on oranges as a remedy to fight off sicknesses! Ashwagandha also has the superior ability to increase your red and white blood cell count so you can stay healthy.
#4 Cordycep Mushrooms (Healing Wonders)
Who would have thought a fungus would be so beneficial to your health? Cordycep Mushrooms, such as reishi and chaga, are some of the world’s top superfoods and help deliver energy to your muscles by improving the way your body uses oxygen, especially during exercise. (TIP: The next time you are sore, reach for your cordycep mushroom capsule along with your ice pack because cordyceps soothe muscle pains and aches. )
#5 Holy Basil
I know what you are thinking, but no, this is not the basil laying around in your spice cabinet waiting to be added to your next homemade spaghetti sauce. Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, is known as the elixir of life and is a powerful herb that has the power to eliminate toxins from the body. (Try it at home: To reap the benefits of holy basil, you can easily make fresh brewed tea by adding 2 teaspoons to one cup of boiling water and allowing it to steep for 5 minutes).
Now that you know our team’s top 5 favorite adaptogens we recommend you add to your supplement regime, it should be clear what items need to be added to your cart the next time you are in the supermarket or online shopping! While adaptogens won’t instantly dissolve the stressors in your life (make traffic vanish, give you unlimited phone battery, or give you a raise) they can be a great, natural coping tool and come in diverse forms including pills, powders, tablets, liquid extracts and teas so you can stay calm, cool and collected.