Guest post by Sasha de Beausset, B.A., M.Sc.
The word “adaptogen” has been getting thrown around a lot in the health world lately. People want more of them, and scientists are trying to identify which foods carry them.
What are these amazing adaptogens and how can they benefit your health? Let’s dig in.
First of all, what are adaptogens?
According to the Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products of the European Medicines Agency, “adaptogenic substances are stated to have the capacity to normalize body functions and strengthen systems compromised by stress. They are reported to have a protective effect on health against a wide variety of environmental assaults and emotional conditions.”
Some of the characteristics of adaptogens are:
- They are non-toxic
- They are non-specific; in other words, they increase general resistance of the organism against many biological chemical, and physical factors
- They help to normalize human organ systems, keeping them healthy
The term “adaptogen” first appeared in 1947 by a pharmacologist named N.V. Lazarev, who was describing the effects of a chemical substance called dibazol. It helped organisms to increase their resistance to stress in experimental studies. Since then much research has been made on adaptogens and it made way for identifying a class of metabolic regulators that have the ability to increase an organism’s ability to adapt to environmental stressors.
How do Adaptogens Support Your Health and Wellbeing?
Early studies on adaptogens found that they help the organism adapt and maintain health in the case of:
- Stress induced by radiation or vibration
- Bacterial infection
- Emotional stress
- Exhaustion from physical exercise
Where Can You Find Adaptogens?
Adaptogens are of plant origin, and extracts of the plants are used to have the desired effect on humans.
Some of the plants most famous for their adaptogenic properties are:
- Rhodiola rosea: strong evidence shows that rhodiola rosea extract supports improved attention, cognitive function, and mental performance in fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Siberian Ginseng: increases endurance and mental performance in patients with mild fatiue and weakness.
- Schisandra chinensis: also increases endurance and mental performance in patients with mild fatigue and weakness.
- Maca root: used for hundreds of years by the indigenous population of Peru to support healthy energy and counter the harsh climate
These substances work by helping to modulate the natural stress response in the brain with a variety of natural chemicals contained in the plant extract. The enhanced physical and mental performance that results could even possibly increase longevity!
If you feel like physical or emotional stress is having a negative effect on your health, taking natural supplements with adaptogens might be a natural option for you and your doctor to consider.
These plants with identified adaptogens can be found in capsule or powder form. You can get the healthy adaptogenic benefits of both Rhodiola rosea and maca in The Natural Citizen’s Organic Energy blend. Simply blend Organic Energy into your morning smoothie to feel a burst of energy from maca plus mental clarity from Rhodiola. It’s a perfect blend to help you feel your best!*