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All About Adaptogens

Published : Sep 22, 2021 1 mins read Updated On : Oct 04, 2022

What are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a class of herbs that help manage stress and maintain hormonal balance. They're thought to stimulate your body's stress-protection response and help its systems return to a balanced state called homeostasis.

In addition, they aid in strengthening and promoting vitality, stabilize mood and improve performance and focus. Adaptogens such as ashwagandha, ginseng, and Rhodiola have a long history of use in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.

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How do Adaptogens relieve stress?

We know that stress is at the root of many chronic illnesses. Prolonged and relentless stress can contribute to gastric related issues, fatigue, insomnia, cardiovascular related issues anxiety and autoimmune conditions. Adaptogens act by modulating the hormones in the body primarily the cortisol hormone aka Stress hormone.

The hypothalamus is the part of your brain that helps recognize stress. During stress, the hypothalamus signals the pituitary gland. Together they signal the adrenal gland to produce and release cortisol to deal with a crisis. Chronic stress keeps your HPA axis constantly engaged. This causes the body to be in constant state of stress, which in turn is taxing to your adrenal glands and micronutrient reserves. 

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Adaptogens support a more balanced response to ongoing stress. They augment the optimal production of stress hormones and cortisol production to prevent adrenal fatigue and HPA axis dysfunction. Adaptogens also help modulate cellular sensitivity to stress hormones, thereby encouraging a healthier overall response to stress.

Benefits of Adaptogens:

  • Increase endurance in situations caused by fatigue
  • Increase vitality and vigor.
  • Lower stress-induced disorders and impairments in the body
  • Balance hormone levels-maintain cortisol levels
  • Fight the symptoms caused by elevated cortisol levels (such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and obesity)
  • Improve attention and stimulate mental performance that has been impacted by stress
  • Maintain Homeostasis-balance body functions

How can we consume Adaptogens?

Some apoptogenic herbs are too bitter and is difficult to consume hence it is recommended to be made into powdered supplements and taken as a capsule, smoothies, teas, or herbal drinks and juices.


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Shilpa Manwani
Health and Nutrition

Shilpa is an expert on food science. She enjoys writing blogs that give complete information about nutrition. She is also a foodie and loves to talk about different types of food. her extensive kno... Read More

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