Adaptogens 101: How do they benefit us?

October 27th, 2022

benefits of adaptogens

What are adaptogens?

Adaptogens: What are they, what do they do, and why do I need them? Today we’re going to dive into the special class of herbs known as adaptogens. These herbs work hard to keep us feeling at our best. We’ll talk about how incorporating this crucial step into our healthcare practice has the potential to change our lives. I know, maybe a little dramatic, but after reading this article you’ll be jumping on board with us.

A Brief History of Adaptogens

Adaptogens, nootropics, functional mushrooms; I’m assuming you’ve heard whisperings of these health terms by now, or potentially you’ve tried our Clarabe Functional Gummies. The usage of adaptogens dates back to 3000 BCE in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and the beginnings of Ayurveda in India. Adaptogens are not some new-age health bandwagon; they have been used for centuries as a way to increase energy and improve overall health. They were once only available to Chinese royalty and were used by Vikings to help them sustain energy during their long conquests.These special herbs have a long history of use and application. Let’s get into how adaptogens actually work in our systems. 

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How do adaptogens work? 

Adaptogens are like that friend who's a really great listener. They meet you wherever you are and take you to where you want to be. It seems like some up-scale nano-technology, but it’s actually how the herbs themselves operate. The herbs have an inherent intelligence that interacts with our endocrine system (the system responsible for sending messages in our body--ex. how we know we’re hungry). Adaptogens enter our system and interact with the chemicals that are already there and work to restore balance. In other words, restore homeostasis—where we are our most functioning selves.

Who should take adaptogens? 

Adaptogens are a great tool for anyone who experiences stress. My best guess is that that's about 99% of the world right now. Adaptogens increase our ability to adapt to stress. 

  • College students

  • Busy professionals

  • Working parents 

  • Athletes 

  • People experiencing hormonal imbalances

  • Working parents 

For Example

The stressor:There’s been some turbulence on your flight. 

Your stress response: Begin drafting out your last ‘I love you’ texts to send to your friends and family. 

What adaptogens help you do instead?Sit back and relax, knowing that turbulence is a normal part of flying and that you’re completely safe.

Adaptogens have gained recent traction over claims that they can help people struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, sleep disorders and even hormone imbalances. As these issues gain prevalence within our society, our need to combat them grows. Especially in ways that aren’t just quick fixes to the issue. It’s time we tackled the root problem, not just slapped a band-aid on it

Disclaimer: Never to be taken in replacement of medication, always consult with a doctor before taking something new. 

We’ve talked about what adaptogens are and how they work but we have yet to talk about all the different kinds out there. There’s around 70 different types of adaptogens out there so we’ll just focus on the top 10 making a name for themselves in the adaptogen world.

Top 10 Adaptogens and their benefitsTop 10 Adaptogens and their benefits

Cordyceps Benefits

  • Can enhance mood

  • Enhances athletic performance

  • Reduces stress

cordyceps benefits
ashwagandha benefits

Ashwagandha Benefits

  • Can reduce effects of chronic stress 

  • May boost immunity 

  • May reduce anxiety 

Reishi Benefits 

  • Aids gut health

  • Regulates mood

  • May reduce inflammation

reishi benefits
rhodiola benefits

Rhodiola Benefits 

  • Combats fatigue

  • Combats stress 

  • May increase mental performance

Chaga Benefits

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • High in antioxidants

  • May boost immunity

chaga benefits
ginseng benefits

Ginseng Benefits 

  • May boost energy

  • May reduce inflammation

  • Can reduce stress 

Turmeric Benefits 

  • Works to reduce inflammation

  • May reduce symptoms of depression

  • May prevent alzheimer's disease

turmeric benefits
lions mane benefits

Lion's Mane Benefits

  • May reduce anxiety and depression

  • Immune boosting properties

  • Anti-inflammatory

Holy Basil (Tulsi) Benefits

  • Can help protect against infections
  • May ease joint pain 

  • Protects stomach from symptoms of stress
holy basil benefits
licorice root benefits

Licorice Root Benefits 

  • Aids in gut health

  • Anti-viral and antibacterial properties

  • May aid negative menopausal symptoms

We’ve gone through the basics of introducing you into the world of adaptogens, but now let's talk about how to actually incorporate it into our daily routine. Adaptogens come in a variety of forms. There are tinctures, powders, capsules, and even delicious recipes you can make using adaptogens. 

Which adaptogens are best for me:

what is the best adaptogen

Finding the right blend of adaptogens for you is all dependent on what you need from them. Are you fighting fatigue every day, struggling to fall asleep, or struggling to keep your head above water? Well, those are all different factors that determine what will work best for you and bring you to where you need to be. We recommend consulting with a healthcare professional to determine the right combination of adaptogens for you. 

When should I take adaptogens?

Most adaptogens can be taken at any time of the day. Although based on whether the adaptogen is energizing or sleep-inducing, you might want to take them at different times of the day for the desired effect. Experts recommend taking a small dose daily and taking one day off a week to enhance levels of nutrient absorption. We recommend taking them during your morning ritual. 

 How long does it take for adaptogens to work? 

Adaptogens take around 2-3 weeks to have a noticeable effect on the mind and body. Adaptogens take a little time before they’ve built up enough in the body. 

How to incorporate adaptogens into your daily life:

Trying to incorporate something new into our health routine can seem daunting, so start off small with Clarabe functional mushroom gummies. These gummies contain a much needed boost of Cordyceps that helps with stress, aids in focus, and increases your energy. Make an attainable step towards your health today.

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