Following a wellness routine has become trendier than ever. While we don’t thoughtlessly follow fads, recently adaptogens have been showing up everywhere—from our much-loved juice shops to our Instagram feed. Feeding on to the curiosity, here’s everything you should learn about the new superheroes of the beauty & wellness industry.
What Are Adaptogens
Adaptogens are a distinct cluster of herbs, roots and mushrooms that are consumed in order to help your body overcome physical and mental stress. These super herbs get their name from their suggested knack to “adapt” their role, based on what your body requires. And while you may have only started hearing about them lately, adaptogens have in fact been a part of Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines for thousands of years.
Do Adaptogens Really Work
Anyone who’s ever had a huge breakout emerge on the day of a big work presentation knows that stress can be pretty awful for your complexion. This is why many skin care specialists, beauty influencers and organic brands are turning to adaptogens to reduce discolouration, shield skin from the elements and improve nourishment from head to toe.
These super herbs have been called as “nature’s miracle anti-stress and fatigue fighters.” Although many mainstream medical doctors don’t use them to cure their patients, certain researchers have proven that the herbs have real potential in fighting stress and enhancing attention and endurance in the face of fatigue. Although these herbs do not change your mood, they help you cope up with stress and lethargy.
What Is Included Under Adaptogens
To be considered as an adaptogen, a herb must be edible and non-hazardous to the body’s biological functions, provide extensive maintenance, and help bring the body’s balance back.
While certain adaptogens like ashwagandha, reishi and holy basil, aid in healing the body and easing the adrenals when they’re super tensed, others like Asian ginseng, eleuthero (or Siberian ginseng), rhodiola rosea, and maca fuel the body, improving physical strength and mental performance.
Adaptogens are believed to offer a multitude of health benefits, and scientists all over the world are reviewing the herbs’ capacity to reduce inflammation, enhance energy levels and balance hormones. Various adaptogens can help your body overcome various conditions—here are 6 of the most widely used adaptogens and how to use them.
Wish to loosen up a little? Pronounced ash-wa-gone-duh, this woody shrub is known for decreasing cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and curing anxiety. The easiest way to consume ashwagandha is in powder form, along with water. However, ssincethis herb has a bitter taste, it’s best to mix it up with other ingredients.
2. HOLY BASIL
A member of the mint family, holy basil or tulsi is a popular kitchen ingredient in India. Besides holding a significant religious value in India, this sacred plant is a powerful antioxidant with proven antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal characteristics. This super herb has been used to ure a host of conditions in Ayurved, ranging from the common cold to fever, asthma, bronchitis and certain digestive problems, including sores. This herb also improves the body’s natural reaction to physical and mental stress. The best way to reap the benefits of this herb is to consume the leaf directly along with water.
This adaptogenic herb (also called as “golden root”) is produced in the Arctic regions of Eastern Europe and Asia, and is popular for its fatigue-battling effects and ability to enhance mental functioning. Consumed in capsule or tablet form, this herb improves concentration power and enduring capacity.
A popular ingredient in grocery stores and juice bars, Maca has its roots in Andes. Its supposed list of benefits includes energy enhancement, hormone balancing and libido-revving. What’s more? Maca’s crunchy, butterscotch-like flavour makes it a pleasant addition to any oatmeal, smoothie or yogurt.
Another easily available ingredient in India, Licorice is believed to offer three health benefits- healthier immune system, reduced inflammation and better HPA axis system. Note- Licorice can have an influence on the blood pressure, and has been known to upsurge blood pressure, at least to some extent, in most people.
Looking to improve your running routine? This cool mushroom could help enhance your strength and stamina by dropping the amount of oxygen the body requires when working out. There’s also some proof that this functional mushroom possesses anti-inflammatory properties. The best way to consume this adaptogen is in tablet form.
HOW TO TAKE ADAPTOGENS