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Adaptogens, what are they? And who can benefit from them?

I am sure you know the buzzword adaptogens, but like most people have zero idea what they are and if you need them. While they can be a great addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle, they are not necessary. But if you are looking for a little more support from a natural remedy, they could be great for you!




Adaptogens are believed to work by regulating the body's stress response, helping it to better cope with physical, mental, and emotional stressors. Some popular adaptogens include ashwagandha, rhodiola, holy basil, licorice root, and reishi mushroom.


Studies on adaptogens have shown that they may have a range of health benefits, including:

  • Reducing stress and anxiety

  • Boosting energy and endurance

  • Improving cognitive function and memory

  • Supporting immune function

  • Regulating blood sugar and blood pressure levels

  • Promoting overall well-being

Let's dive into the different adaptogens and what they can help with...




This is my favourite adaptogen and I take it every morning.


Ashwagandha is believed to have a range of health benefits, including:

  • Reducing stress and anxiety

  • Improving cognitive function and memory

  • Boosting energy and endurance

  • Supporting immune function

  • Regulating blood sugar and blood pressure levels

  • Enhancing sexual health

Research has shown that ashwagandha may help reduce cortisol levels. Lower cortisol levels may help reduce stress and anxiety. Ashwagandha may also improve cognitive function and memory. Studies have found that ashwagandha may improve reaction time and cognitive performance in healthy adults. Additionally, ashwagandha has been found to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may help support immune function and overall well-being.




A type of mushroom that has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine.

Reishi is believed to have a range of health benefits, including:

  • Supporting immune function

  • Reducing inflammation

  • Supporting heart health

  • Reducing stress and anxiety

  • Improving sleep quality

Reishi is rich in beta-glucans, which are complex sugars that have been shown to support immune function by activating the body's natural defenses. Reishi also contains triterpenes, which have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties and may help support heart health.

Reishi is also believed to have adaptogenic properties, which may help the body better cope with stress. Studies have found that reishi may help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and may improve sleep quality.



Holy Basil


Holy basil, also known as Tulsi, is a sacred herb in Ayurvedic medicine and is commonly used as an adaptogen. It is a member of the mint family and is native to India.


Some of the benefits are...

  • Reducing stress and anxiety

  • Supporting immune function

  • Reducing inflammation

  • Promoting digestive health

  • Supporting cardiovascular health

  • Enhancing cognitive function and memory

Research has shown that holy basil may help reduce cortisol levels. Lower cortisol levels may help reduce stress and anxiety. Holy basil is also believed to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may help support immune function, reduce inflammation, and promote overall well-being.




Once again, I am NOT a doctor so always check with your doctor before switching anything up!!




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