Adaptogens? What are they?

October 30, 2017

Adaptogens are becoming something of 'a thing' in the world of wellness as they continue to gather celebrity fans and attention from the mainstream media;  A recent aritcle on adaptogens in the Daily Mail asked the questions "Are these the latest solution to stress?

As you know, we've been championing the use of adaptogens in our creations since we began four years ago.  These incredible botanicals are used specifically to improve the health of the adrenal system thus managing your body’s hormonal response to stress. They are ingredients for our times, that's for sure.

With stress on the increase and sadly being something of an inescapable fact of life, our bodies have evolved with built-in survival responses. When confronted with a threatening situation, blood pressure and heart rate increase, glucose is dumped into the blood stream, and non-essential systems such as immune function and digestion are suppressed.  When the crisis subsides, all systems should return to normal.

A modern day problem is that our bodies don’t distinguish between a life-endangering situation and the annoying but not life-threatening stressors of traffic, work deadlines, and financial difficulties. When stress is chronic or severe, we lose our ability to bounce back, which negatively impacts on our health and quality of life.

 

The natural ability of the body to balance internal and external stress is called homeostasis. When the body is out of balance, or in what is called negative homeostasis, the anabolic and catabolic systems may not function properly, leading to fatigue, depression, insomnia, anxiety, weight imbalance and lack of libido which have a profound effect on our daily life and affect how we age. 

Due to their ability to help us adapt to change, adaptogens are particularly helpful in restoring and maintaining positive homeostasis. Many people who follow traditional healing systems (Chinese, Tibetan or Ayurvedic) have incorporated these herbs and remedies into their lifestyles and even their cooking.

There are many different types of adaptogens, but some of the best-known herbs used to protect the body against stress and aging fall into the following three categories:

Global system regulators
These herbs are known to have a global impact on the body and to positively support the aging process. They are Panax ginseng, Siberian ginseng (eleuthero), rhodiola, ashwagandha, schisandra (all found in potent doses in our drinks) and Holy Basil.

Cellular and immune regulators
These herbs, also called companion adaptogens, are used specifically to support the immune system of the cells and to prevent degenerative diseases. They include turmeric, green tea, rosemary, grape seed (proanthocyianidin), grape skin (resveratrol) and ginger.

Specific regulators
These herbs target specific issues and include licorice and fo-ti (for energy and sleep), gotu kola (for connective tissue), ginkgo biloba (for circulation) and royal jelly (for mental alertness).

Where can I find them?

Recognising the importance of these ingredients for our times; we've created an Adaptogenic Stress Buster program, built around our powerful Tonic range.  This is available exclusively from our website here.

You will find adaptogens. in significant doses that make a difference in the following Botanic Lab drinks. 

 

 

Tonic 1 - SIberian ginseng

Tonic 2 - Ashwagandha

Tonic 3 - Rhodiola rosea and Panax ginseng

Botanic 2 - Panax ginseng

Note:

If you take any medicines or are unsure of which herbs to use we strongly advise that you have a comprehensive health assesment with a health practitioner or nutritionist who is well versed in integrative medicine and nutrition. They will be able to advise you on the right approach for you.