If you’re interested in natural ways to improve wellness, you’ve probably heard of adaptogens. You know they’re probably good for you, but after that, your knowledge gets a little hazy. What are they? How do they work? Is hemp an adaptogen? We’ve got the answers to all those questions and more, including how to work adaptogens into your wellness routine.
WHAT ARE ADAPTOGENS?
Adaptogens are plant-derived substances that have beneficial properties which increase resilience and resistance to stress, prevents aging, bolsters immunity and reduces oxidant effects in the human body.
They’re called adaptogens because they help the body adapt to resist damaging effects of stress. What kinds of stressors? Anything that disrupts normal functioning. Think: anxiety, inflammation, long hours at work and insufficient sleep, bacteria infections.
Some studies have found that adaptogens can increase attention and endurance and reduce the effects of stress on the neuroendocrine and immune systems. In short, adaptogens can help keep your body maintain balance and homeostasis. Need a more concrete example? You’ve probably heard that ginseng can improve memory and goji berry may boost energy. Both of these plants are adaptogens.