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Adaptogens & Antioxidants: Zolt’s Power Drink Ingredients.
Maybe you’ve noticed we love to talk about adaptogens and antioxidants almost as much as we do hemp. (Nerd alert: Hemp also happens to be an adaptogen as well as an antioxidant.)
There’s a reason for that. And while we all know that a diet rich in superfoods is really important, many of us don’t know an adaptogen from an antioxidant, nor do we really know what’s up with free radicals (are they political?). And what’s melatonin and why does it make us sleepy?
So here’s a quick rundown of what’s what in Zolt and why it’s important. (And they’re all important, so we never skimp on these when adding them to our full-spectrum hemp and hemp CBD isolate drink mixes.)
Adaptogens are super-herbs that help bring equilibrium to your immune and adrenal systems.
They have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, and are just now having a renaissance in the Western world. Because stress and anxiety are becoming the norm, people have turned to adaptogens to help regulate their stress response. Dubbed as “The Power Couple,” adaptogens and CBD work together to achieve homeostasis in the body. We use a number of adaptogens, Amla Fruit, Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Guarana and Reishi, in many of our products alongside CBD isolate and full-spectrum hemp.
Antioxidants are molecules that can delay or help prevent some types of cell damage from free radicals, which are pesky, unstable molecules that can be harmful to your body.
In addition to being naturally produced internally, Antioxidants can also be found in plant-based foods, especially fruits and veggies. We’ve realized the potential of these superfoods and incorporated antioxidant-rich ingredients in Zolt like hemp (have we said we love hemp?), black tea, green tea, melatonin and stevia.
The Entourage Effect is when there is a synergistic effect between the endocannabinoid system and the many compounds found in hemp. These compounds may sound familiar to you if you have been reading up on CBD – they include cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes and other phytochemicals. When you ingest hemp that is full-spectrum rather than CBD isolate, you get the benefit of all these mighty compounds working together to achieve a balance in mind and body.
Zolt Dreamy uses only KSM-66 Ashwagandha, which is extracted solely from the plant root and formulated for maximum bioavailability. Ashwagandha is known to boost brain function to improve cognitive memory, information processing, and attention, as well as fight symptoms of anxiety and depression. Renowned for lowering blood sugar and cortisol levels, ashwagandha also reduces exercise-induced muscle damage and helps alleviate joint pain.
Amla fruit is used in Zolt Peak and Well+ for its antioxidant and anti-aging properties. Amla’s superpower is fighting free radicals to reduce cell damage and inflammation throughout the body. High in vitamin C and rich in antioxidant polyphenols, ellagic acid, flavonoids and tannins, Amla has been shown to reduce oxidative stress, boost heart health and regulate cholesterol, as well as strengthen blood vessels. It reduces acid levels in the stomach and improves hydration, while its high fiber content supports digestive functioning.
Zolt Peak and Well+ pack the punch of Astragalus, a bright yellow root with a long history of use within Traditional Chinese Medicine to bring the body’s systems into balance, combat fatigue, and prolong life. While research is limited, Astragalus has been shown to help with a range of ailments, including heart conditions, allergies, fibromyalgia, kidney disease, upper respiratory infections, diabetes, and others. Astragalus contains high levels of vitamin C, ellagic acid, flavonoids and tannins, which help combat oxidative stress throughout the body.
Guarana is a seed from a shrub found in Brazil, and this seed packs a punch. Zolt Peak and Well+ have this ingredient – its purpose is to help boost your energy, focus, and metabolism. Guarana contains natural stimulants that include caffeine, so it is perfect for the morning or a mid-day slump. It also has an antioxidant profile similar to green tea, which neutralizes harmful free radicals in the body.
Melatonin is found in Zolt Dreamy, and is a power ingredient that works hard to get you quality sleep. As the sun sets, your body naturally triggers the production of Melatonin in order to synchronize your internal body-clock (or circadian rhythm). While you’re snoozing, this hormone regulates your blood pressure, body temperature, and hormone levels. Some have found that by increasing their melatonin levels with a supplement, they have an easier time falling asleep and staying asleep. And it gets bonus points for being an antioxidant.
Reishi has been used in traditional Eastern medicine practices for thousands of years, though its use in Western wellness is relatively new. Zolt Peak and Well+ include this “Mushroom of Immortality” for its many health properties, including its effects within the immune system, where it acts as an immune potentiator and modulator, regulating immunity and supporting white blood cell production. As a superior adaptogen, reishi helps the body adapt to physical and mental stressors, alleviates stress and fatigue, as well as supports the regulation of the circadian rhythm.
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