What are adaptogens ?
Adaptogens are herbal pharmaceuticals mostly used to reduce stress and anxiety. There are over a 100 different adaptogens so you can imagine that we won’t go over all of them here. However, we selected 5 of them, which we use in our microdosing products (creative blend and genius blend), and for which we analyzed their strengths and origins.
Very few people know the medicinal plant called Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri). It is mostly used in Ayurvedic traditional medicine to improve memory and to treat various ailments such as reducing anxiety, treating epilepsy, etc. Brahmi is a perennial, creeping herb native to the wetlands (grows in marshy areas) of southern and Eastern India, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. There is no herb better that this that can improve intelligence naturally, and it’s also an excellent anti-aging, anti-diabetic and anti-oxidant herb.
Brahmi is used for Alzheimer’s disease, improving memory, anxiety, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), allergic conditions, irritable bowel syndrome, and as a general tonic to fight stress.
Chaga mushroom can be considered a tonic and can be consumed daily to help maintain balance and alkalinity within the body. For centuries, chaga has been used as a traditional medicine in Russia and other Northern European countries, mainly to boost immunity and overall health.
By promoting the formation of beneficial cytokines — specialized proteins that regulate the immune system — chaga stimulates white blood cells, which are essential for fighting off harmful bacteria or viruses.
Along with their long history in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine, cordyceps have maintained their status as a go-to for athletes. While more clinical trials are needed, much of the available research shows promising results.
A double-blind study on healthy elderly adults demonstrated that ingesting Cs-4 (a synthetic strain of Cordyceps sinensis) improved exercise performance and contributed to overall wellness.
Furthermore, a 2016 study showed that a three-week supplementation period with cordyceps militaris resulted in significantly improved tolerance to high-intensity exercise, suggesting the potential for greater benefits with longer-term supplementation.
As a celebrated nootropic, this mushroom is well-known for supporting a healthy and normal neural and cognitive function.
Lion’s Mane mushroom contains several compounds – like hericenones and erinacines – that have been found to promote nerve growth factor (NGF) synthesis in nerve cells.
NGF is responsible for the regulation of growth, maintenance, proliferation, and survival of neural cells and promotes long-term health in our body.
Extensive research on Lion’s Mane demonstrates that the mushroom supports neurogenesis, which is the process by which neurons are produced by neural stem cells. In one study where adult mice were administered Lion’s Mane mushroom daily, researchers found it promoted neurogenesis in the hippocampus – the part of the brain that supports information synthesis, long-term memory, and spatial recognition.
While the current research is promising, more human studies are needed to develop practical health applications for lion’s mane mushroom.
“Reishi mushroom”, is a potent fungus that has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine. Proponents claim it is especially good at modifying the immune system by increasing it when weakened or lowering it when it is too active.
It has 400 different bioactive compounds reported to have a number of potential effects including modification of the immune system, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-diabetic, and anti-oxidant.
The polysaccharide content of reishi mushroom is responsible for possible anticancer and immunostimulatory effects. Reishi may also provide hepatoprotective action, antiviral activity, and beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and diabetes.
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