Seven Adaptogen-Rich Foods You Should Add to Your Diet
Are you looking for organic ways to be healthy? If yes, then it might be time to discover the endless benefits of adaptogenic herbs.
Adaptogens are substances derived from plants that support the body’s resistance and adaptation to different types of stress—physical, biological and environmental. Their action is similar to that of catecholamines like adrenaline, epinephrine, dopamine and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters diffuse stressful situations. Powerful adaptogenic herbs prevent exhaustion and chronic fatigue while gradually improving stamina and cognitive health, decreasing inflammation and pain, reducing anxiety and depression, controlling panic attacks and decreasing insomnia.
While ginseng, astragalus root, licorice root, maca root, reishi, cordyceps, chaga and other medicinal mushrooms, rhodiola rosea and goji berries are all excellent adaptogens, my personal favourites include:
Brahmi or Herb of Grace contains powerful antioxidants that boost brain function, improve memory and also help ease panic attacks and anxiety.
Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng is a powerful ayurvedic herb whose roots, leaves and berries have medicinal value. It is well known for rejuvenating the human body, enhancing sexual prowess and fertility, improving memory and decreasing anxiety.
Turmeric has natural inflammatory properties and helps fight unwanted pathogens that enter our body. It’s also an excellent antioxidant.
Tulsi has been a part of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries and is one of the most powerful Indian herbs. Tulsi can relieve an upset stomach and is also used to cure nervousness and fear.
Shatavari is a member of the asparagus family and is also a well known adaptogenic herb. It is a potent health tonic that can be used to treat mood swings.
Moringa is rich in iron, magnesium, riboflavin (B Vitamin) and has several health benefits. It can help lower blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation and also cure fatigue.
Amla, also known as the Indian Gooseberry, is rich in Vitamin C and several other antioxidants. It is extremely beneficial for improving liver health and also nourishes blood, bones, hair and teeth.