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An Introduction to Adaptogens

An Introduction to Adaptogens

November 06, 2017

What are adaptogens?

The latin derived word, adaptogen, relating to adjustment or adaptation are natural compounds that have been shown to assist your body and brain by regulating certain functions in order to result in homeostasis, a balanced, healthy, optimized state. Their fundamental function revolves around their action on improving the health of your adrenal system, the system responsible for your body's hormonal response to stress.

The definition of “adaptogen” includes “metabolic regulators (of natural origin) which increase the ability of an organism to adapt to environmental factors and to avoid damage from such factors.”

Background:

Ancient medical practitioners came across adaptogens thousands of years back where they discovered plants with the ability to adapt to extreme conditions, resist pests and insects, or to cope with toxins present in the soil surrounding it. This was then found to be due to the presence of adaptogens, which were found to help them cope with growing in a stressful and unfavourable environment.

How do they work?

Adaptogens have several mechanisms of action or methods of function.

The mechanism of action for adaptogens include:

  • Increasing cerebral circulation
  • Upregulation nerve growth factor and BDNF
  • Modulating brain waves
  • Support neuroplasticity and brain cell signaling
  • Boosts neurotransmitter synthesis
  • Neuroprotective
  • Elimination of heavy metals and/or food toxins

The fundamental basis of an adaptogen is to reduce both mental and physical stress and assist the biological system at coping with stressors.

Benefits of Adaptogens:

Adaptogens have a vast range of benefits that can be used to your advantage, these include the following:

  • Cognitive Functioning
  • Cardiovascular Functioning
  • Immune Support
  • Resistance to Stress
  • Promote Healthy Blood Lipid Levels
  • Improve Sleeping Patterns
  • Support Healthy Inflammatory Response

In Summary:

Adaptogens are natural herbs that assist the human body to adapt & cope with stress. They are a powerful weapon to add to your arsenal of natural substances to supercharge your body, improve biological functioning & deal with stress.



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