What are adaptogens? Adaptogens are herbs used to help the body reach homeostasis, helping it deal with stress the body. Adaptogens are said to grow under stressful situations, so when we ingest them they help us adapt to stress.
There are many kinds of adaptogens Ashwagandha, Ginseng, Maca, Rhodiola, Schisandra, and many types of Mushrooms. These are just a few of them each one working in its own ways. Based on how we deal with stress everyone has a different adapotgen that works best for them.
Ginseng and mushrooms have a few variations that people use for stress. Cordyceps mushroom is good for energy, for people pushing exercising, and for those who are doing heavy lifting and exertion for work this mushroom is good for them. Reishi is good for boosting immune and supporting heart health. Ginseng you have different types grown in different areas of the world which can have a different impact. Here is a list of different types of Ginseng.
American Ginseng – Panax Quinquefolius – Good for fighting fatigue, *possibly* improving sexual performance, and improving cellular health in general
Red Ginseng – Panax Ginseng – The original one. A good metabolic regulator that seems to perk up your cells in a variety of environments, including some forms of cancer.
Indian Ginseng – Withania Somnifera – Has a variety of neuroprotective effects, might improve some forms of cognition, and likely a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Siberian Ginseng – Eleutherococcus Senticosus – Particularly good at allowing your body to cope with metabolic stress. Cellular regulator, and provides a sustained energy boost/improvement in physical performance. Also called eleuthero root.
Brazilian Ginseng – Pfaffia Paniculata – Seems to improve physical performance somewhat, a few anti-cancer properties, and likely scavenges free radicals within the body.
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Ashwagandha also known as Withania somnifera and Indian Ginseng, is great for the brain, blood sugar, cortisol, and anxiety/depression. So this herb works well for hormone and weight factors.
Rhodiola is great for someone under constant stress and one who may be running off of low sleep. It is great also as an antidepressent, supports blood sugar and brain function.
Schisandra is great for women and people who may have liver damage and need a boost to their immune. Supports women who have cycle dysfuntion and issues with PMS, eye health, and muscle growth.
These are not all of the adaptogens out there, but a few of the popular ones. Depending on where your stress is coming from and organ function would depend on what works best for you. Doing a Zyto scan can help assess organs and stressors to the body to decide what would work best for you. You can set up an appointment on my home page.