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Stress Adaptogens: What are They, What do They do, and Do They Really Work?

 

What Are Stress Adaptogens?

Stress Adaptogens are non-toxic plants that can really help the body and it’s response to stress. They can help your body recover from short and long term stress while boosting your immunity and health generally. They help you deal with depression, anxiety, fatigue, and help you increase your mental performance.

 

What Do They Do?

When we experiences a stressful event, our body goes through three phases:

  • Alarm phase
  • Phase of resistance
  • Phase of exhaustion

 

In the phase of resistance, our body produces adrenaline to increase concentration and help you pay attention to the task at hand. Adaptogens help your body remain in the phase of resistance for a longer period of time and stop you from becoming exhausted too quickly. They contain neuroprotective elements, anti-fatigue properties, and stimulate our central nervous system. This helps us deal with stress.

 

Two of the main stress adaptogens are:

  • Ashwagandagha
    • Cortisol is known as the stress hormone and ashwagandagha has been shown to aid in decreasing cortisol levels, decreasing stress levels.

  • Tulsi
    • Tulsi or “Holy Basil” as it is also known as, can help to build up a tolerance to stress through calming the nervous system and stimulating the brain to help clear your thinking and reduce stress levels.

 

Do they Really Work?

Yes, they really do! A 2010 study completed by the Swedish Herbal Institute Research and Development concluded that the do work – they said that they have a significant effect on “stress induced symptoms under fatigue”. They’ve also been shown to help with mental performance, concentration, depression, anxiety and stress. Overall, stress adaptogens can really help you deal with and adapt to different situations.

 

 

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