What are the adaptogens / (adaptogenic herbs)?

Adaptogen(s) is a non-toxic substance or a plant extract that is responsible to increase the body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of stress in our lives. It also helps to promote or restore normal physiological functioning of the human body.

Adaptogens are the foundation of health & holistic support not only for the body, but also for the mind.

How does adaptogens work and what are the adaptogens benefits on our body?

  • adaptogens act on the body at the cellular level
  • increasing body resistance to environmental & psychological stress
  • they exhibit huge antioxidant potential
  • they neutralizing harmful free radicals
  • gradually increasing the body’s natural immune system
  • they improve the overall condition and endurance of the body
  • they reduce fatigue
  • significantly stopping the aging process
  • improving the regeneration of the body after illness
  • guiding principle of adaptogens is to restore the balance to the body and mind, so you can be fit, feel great & stay healthy
  • adaptogens act by stimulating non-specific reactions of the body to stress through the axis: Hypothalamus- Pituitary-Adrenals
  • adaptogens stimulate and balance the immune system through neuro-endocrine system, through metabolic pathways and thanks to that positively affect on our health and whole well-being
  • adaptogens affect and help regulate, normalize and strengthen function of: nerves, brain, endocrine glands, pituitary gland, parathyroid glands, thyroid glands, pineal glands, pancreas, thymus, adrenals, ovaries and testes
  • adaptogens do not accumulate in the body. Most of them are removed from the system after a few to several hours. The exception is bacopa monnieri and gotu kola, which last longer in the body
  • I remind you also that you should not exceed the maximum dose recommended by the manufacturer. More does not mean better. Systematics is more important than single doses
  • adaptogens are definitely recommended for adults
  • you can not combine adaptogens with drugs for depression. Adaptogens themselves have properties, that support the restoration of mental abilities to the original state and support our well-being
  • not recommended for pregnancy as they are strong herbs, that have a significant impact on the human body

Which plants / herbs are adaptogens?

    • ashwagandha ( other names: withania somnifera; indian ginseng poison gooseberry; winter cherry)
    • reishi ( other name: ganoderma lucidum, lingzhi mushroom)
    • rhodiola rosea ( other names: golden root; arctic root; rose root) anti – fatigue effect
    • gotu kola ( other names: centella asiatica; brahmi; asiatic pennywo )
    • bacopa monnieri (other name: waterhyssop )
    • panax ginseng ( anti-stress properties )
    • holy basil ( other name: tulsi )
    • schisandra is used as an “adaptogen” for increasing resistance to disease and stress, increasing energy, and increasing physical performance and endurance
    • licorice root ( help to regulate hormone level associate with stress including cortisol )
    • astragalus root ( decrease certain stress hormones )

Mixing of adaptogens is not recommended as they have a completely different action, often antagonistic to each other. 

The strength of the plant depends on few factors: form of extract, age of the plant, place of collection (pure air) = quality, dosage etc. It is very important to be aware about this information before you buy any supplements, herbs or oil extract. Make sure you choose pure form. Knowledge is the key.

Adaptogens have been with us forever, but only recently, we have begun to learn and experience their amazing potential.