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Adaptogens, Super-Herbs with Superpowers

Adaptogens, Super-Herbs with Superpowers

November 06, 2018

We've seen Adaptogens being used in traditional medicine for centuries now, which makes them well suited to add to your supplement and diet regime. It might also be the next big thing in fighting stress responses as well as sleeping disorders.

We decided to look into these with more detail and give you a brief guide on what they are, what you can expect and how to use them for best results.

Looking at the proliferation of coffee shops popping up on every second street corner. It is not hard to see that people are resorting in caffeine and sugary treats to find solace from stress and fatigue in their life.

However, the biggest problem is that these short-term fixes are never the solution to the problem. If anything it just makes things worse as the dreaded "crash" is not always too far behind your "innocent " indulgence. This sees us dropping into constant highs and lows throughout our day. Luckily, there are healthier alternatives for you to combat these cases of fatigue, stress and anxiety. One of the best ways to do so is through using Adaptogens - the super herbs with superpowers - these herbs and natural extracts helps your body adapt and cope with stress and fatigue and a more optimal level.

What Are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a unique set of herbal ingredients which are commonly used to improve the overall health of your adrenal system - which is responsible for managing your body's response to stress. Adaptogens have also been shown to improve and optimize your body's ability to cope with anxiety without being too invasive, preventing the "crash" you might get from other similar stress support agents. These herbs are referred to as "Adaptogens" due to their unique and amazing ability to "adapt" functions according to your body's requirements. Although their effects are subtle initially, their benefits have been shown to be real and undeniable.

Adaptogens have been around for quite a while and we've seen them used in traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicines throughout the centuries — that makes adaptogens a viable alternative to offer positive benefits and are safe for long-term use.

How do adaptogens work?

Adaptogens have quite a clever way of working in your body where they can 'sense' areas to target and go to work, similar to a thermostat being able to 'sense' changes in temperature and change accordingly. Adaptogens have been shown to calm you down and boost your energy, both at the same time, without resulting in overstimulation. In supporting your body's adrenal functions, adaptogens are able to assist and counteract the effects of stress and balance your body out better. They have also been shown to help cells eliminate toxins created in the metabolic process, improve energy production and oxygen utilization.

Panax Ginseng

Panax Ginseng has been one of the most valued medicinal plants for thousands of years for a very good reason. This herb has been studied extensively for its ability to assist the body's ability to withstand stress and is also believed to have a positive effect on your metabolism within individual cells.

Its also been said to restore and strengthen your immune system, promote longevity and improve normal cell growth. 

Recommended dose: 100 to 200 mg per day of extract or 1 to 2 grams per day of the dried, powdered root.

Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate, otherwise known as Ilex Paraguariensis, is classified as an adaptogenic. It's been shown to produce no toxins in the body and works in a bi-directional manner in your body, offering numerous health benefits. Furthermore, yerba mate also contains the necessary compounds, saponins, that are found in nearly all adaptogenic herbs.

Yerba Mate increases physical energy, focus and mental clarity, much like that of coffee. Coming in at 85mg per serving, yerba mate contains somewhat less caffeine than coffee without the jitters and sleeplessness otherwise associated with coffee. Individuals who consume Yerba Mate on a regular describe the effects they receive from the caffeine boost as gentle, clean, calm, and not as addictive as coffee.

Yerba Mate is also nutritionally dense, loaded with minerals, vitamins, micronutrients, flavonols, polyphenols, amino acids and more. All these results in a super herb capable of enhancing physical performance, combat mental and physical fatigue and improve your general health and well-being.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has been used for ages in traditional medicine, especially by Ayurvedic cultures. Like Panax Ginseng, Ashwagandha is commonly used to assist in improving vitality, increase energy and endurance, promote well-being and strengthens the immune system. Ashwagandha is also often recommended for people who suffer from high blood pressure, sleeplessness, chronic fatigue as well as impotence associated with anxiety, stress and exhaustion.

Ashwagandha has also been shown to enhance your body's endocrine function, especially the adrenal system and your thyroid. 

Recommended dose: 300 to 600 mg per day of Ashwagandha extract or 3 to 6 grams per day of the dried, powdered root.

Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola Rosea has been shown to help raise or lower cortisol levels in your body as needed. Rhodiola has also demonstrated an amazing ability to support cellular energy metabolism and also have positive effects on your brain's function, combating depression and cardiovascular.

Most individuals and patients who take Rhodiola have stated that they started feeling better within a few weeks to a month of use.

Recommended dose: 200 to 600 mg per day of a Rhodiola Rosea Extract.

Conclusion 

With all the health benefits we see in adaptogens, it comes to no surprise why we have chosen to include these miracle super-herbs, in our Prime Self Formulations.

Taking in the right way, adaptogens can vastly improve your health, physical and mental performance as well as your general wellbeing.



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